Penn State's plans for summer and fall
As the national vaccination campaign continues to advance, Penn State is announcing plans for a phased return to on-campus work over the summer for Penn State employees, including a full return of staff and faculty to on-site work and instruction in fall 2021. All plans continue to evolve based on federal and state guidelines and include employee health and safety as the top priority.
Beginning in fall 2021 and consistent with pre-pandemic curriculum needs, schedules and practices, the University expects faculty to provide in-person rather than remote instruction for the start of classes on Aug. 23.
For now, remote work for staff continues where possible, however, the University’s Staff Transition Strategy Guidance outlines a path for units to return additional staff to on-site work during the summer and plans for a full return of staff to on-site work by Aug. 16. Supervisors can begin to add their remote staff to the return to work database June 1 on a rolling basis.
Once approved in the database, staff may return to their campus workplace, considering that all public health requirements are followed. Staff will work with their supervisor or unit leadership to determine the date of their return. Staff that need to continue remote working arrangements should visit the “Fall 2021 Process for Return to Work On-site for Staff.”
For additional information, please visit the Human Resources website.
Units are asked to consider the maximum occupancy of office spaces that takes current physical distancing guidelines into account. Employee on-site work may need to be staggered in order to comply with these guidelines, which are dependent on state guidance.
It is critical that all employees monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms daily before coming on campus to work and, if they are symptomatic, stay home and follow the University’s COVID-19 reporting protocols.
Employees must follow all public health requirements to limit the potential for virus transmission, including:
- Wearing masks while on campus.
- Practicing physical distancing.
- Washing hands thoroughly.
- Covering all coughs and sneezes.