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Return to Work Plan

Belmont Colleagues,

It is hard to believe we are wrapping up our first-ever virtual Maymester and that online Towering Traditions orientation sessions begin in mere days. I want to again thank every one of you for the outstanding collaboration and innovation you've displayed in helping Belmont deliver on our mission through these unusual circumstances.

As we look forward, there are six task forces working through the details of how we return to work, to learning and to campus life over the next several months. These task forces are comprised of more than 50 employees all working toward the same priority — creating return plans and protocols that enrich the educational experience for our students while minimizing the risk to our campus community.

Today, we are ready to share headlines about our Return to Work plan.

As we prepare for the return to on-campus learning in August, the time is right to begin a careful phasing in of in-person work. Of course, new behaviors and protocols will be in place so we all must work together to keep our campus community safe and healthy.

We will be returning to campus in three different phases:

  • Phase 1 is currently underway with a small group of employees back on campus whose jobs are best done from here or are critical to ongoing operations. These employees have participated in information sessions and are following a strict set of safety protocols.
  • Phase 2 will begin soon, with supervisors notifying selected additional employees to prepare for a return to campus as early as June 8.
  • Phase 3, the last phase of returns, will target late June/early July for a return with all staff employees returning by July 6.

All employees will need to learn and embrace new campus safety protocols around social distancing, hand washing, wearing face masks and personal health screenings for our plan to be effective. All employees will need to complete workshops prior to returning to campus that will detail these new protocols, including the mandatory use of masks by all employees when not in their private work space. Belmont senior leaders, deans, directors and supervisors will all participate in these workshops first via Zoom meetings. If you are not in this group, please watch your email for a link to the mandatory online education component.

Belmont has been procuring necessary supplies to help protect our campus community. Employees will be provided a washable cloth face mask; numerous additional hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout campus; and additional cleaning supplies will be made available to all departments.

You will be notified by your supervisor or senior leader as to an exact date for your return to campus. If you have specific questions or special considerations for your area related to how you (individually) or we (as a community) return to campus, please speak with your manager, who can share those with the appropriate Senior Leader.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop our fall plans. Please be ready to take ownership of our new protocols so we can stay healthy, together.

With Gratitude,
Bob Fisher