With Alberta’s state of public health emergency ending on June 15, the University’s Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) has shifted to preparing for a phased relaunch.
Reflecting this shift in focus, the committee’s name will change to the Relaunch Coordination Committee (RCC) and two new co-chairs have been appointed to lead the process — TJ Hanson, associate vice-president (Facilities), and Chris Mattatall, associate dean (Education).
Planning for Fall 2020
As the University gets ready for the Fall 2020 semester, planning is underway in all sectors. Our remote teams are working hard to ensure students have a high-quality experience this fall. As has been the case since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the top priority remains the health and safety of our campus community and this will continue to guide our decision making.
The RCC is planning a gradual return to campus that complies with public health requirements. While the RCC will develop guidelines for Stage 3, when all workplaces can reopen and restrictions on public gatherings are relaxed, the committee is also focused on preventing a second wave of infection.
Updated provincial guidance documents
On Monday, June 22, the province released an update to its Guidance for Post-Secondary Institutions documents. These documents encourage the University to continue to hold classes remotely and limit in-person attendance on campus as much as possible. Most U of L faculty and staff should continue to work from home unless they are specifically required to come to campus.
Part of allowing more access to campus involves making the necessary accommodations to ensure physical distancing is possible, that cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces is enhanced and plans are in place to identify and manage illness in campus settings.
All these requirements require much planning and coordination. We appreciate everyone’s patience and finalized plans will be shared with our campus community as soon as they become available.
Anyone accessing campus is reminded to practice physical distancing, wash your hands thoroughly and often and avoid touching your face.