COVID-19 FAS update for April 30
Dear FAS colleagues,
As this month winds down, many of you may be wondering what the end of the academic semester and beginning of summer will look like. Our jobs continue to be to support the academic and research mission of the university. As noted in the campus message from President Fenves and Interim President Designate Hartzell, the university will continue to operate in its current state while ongoing assessment and planning occurs. The decision to transition into a different model of working, learning, and living on campus will be made thoughtfully and with your well-being at the forefront
For those of you who remain working on campus, please continue to follow the COVID-19 (coronavirus) procedures we have put in place to help keep you and your coworkers safe:
- The Shared Work Spaces practices outline required hygiene methods for working around others in shared work spaces.
- The Essential Maintenance / Utilities Guidance is specifically for our maintenance and utilities team members working around others during the pandemic.
- The Guidance on Use of Personal Facemask provides general instructions on the recommended use of a face mask on campus.
These procedures are published on the Campus Safety Coronavirus website.
If you had downloaded and printed official credentialing documentation to have available while commuting to and from work, these documents should no longer be needed beginning Friday, May 1.
I ask that all FAS colleagues, regardless of your work location, continue to take public health preventive actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Keep a minimum distance of six feet between yourself and others whenever possible.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Visit the University Health Services website for additional prevention guidance.
These are complex times. Please continue to familiarize yourself with the university’s available resources to help us face challenges and stay mentally and physically healthy. Our colleagues in the HealthPoint Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continue to provide services remotely through video and phone counseling. They also continue to publish valuable resources, including a new one-page guide for supervisors titled Managing Employees During Challenging Times. This complements the previously published Managing the Stress of Social Distancing and Working Remotely. Check the EAP website often as new resources are shared.
I will continue to share information so you have what you need to safely support our university and one another. Our FAS Coronavirus Information page is also continuously updated.
Thank you for everything you do.
Darrell Bazzell | Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer | The University of Texas at Austin