Human Resource Services has published a Return to Work guide to aid departments as they begin planning for the eventual return of faculty and staff to their physical workplaces.

Through the duration of Phases 2 and 3 of the state’s Safe Start Washington plan, WSU employees who can telework without hampering essential operations should continue to do so.

WSU employees will not be asked to return to work until their department has a return to work plan reviewed and approved by their respective vice president, chancellor or dean, the Public Health Emergency Task Force and/or the Risk Management Advisory Group, as well as the President’s cabinet.

A sample return to work checklist is among the resources available in HRS’s Return to Work guide.

When non-essential employees return to physical locations, WSU will provide them with face coverings. Face coverings must be worn in the presence of others as well as in public settings where physical distancing is difficult to maintain, in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s guidance beginning June 8. Employees will also be able to wear their own face coverings.

The guidance document will continue to be updated in the weeks ahead.

A video training on COVID-19 safety will be available soon and all workers will be required to complete it before returning. WSU employees returning to physical work locations will also have to attest daily that they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  A pilot program determining the best way for employees to do so is underway.

Employees who have been directed to return to a WSU work location and have concerns related to COVID-19 are asked to complete the COVID-19 Return to Work Concerns Form.

More information on the latest developments can be found on WSU’s COVID-19 website.