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In-person work guidance

FM and UVA outline guidelines for returning to work on Grounds

Thanks for practicing social distancing

The University released a June 17 update outlining Fall 2020 operations and guidelines for students, faculty and staff returning to Grounds this fall.

Many Facilities Management employees have already returned to work on Grounds and are expected to abide by the On-Grounds Work Guidelines released May 21. This document covers requirements regarding social distancing, face coverings, handwashing, workplace disinfection, vehicle use, health status monitoring and reporting and post-quarantine return to work requirements.

Employees who are concerned about in-person work expectations, should reach out to their supervisor or manager to discuss available accommodations. Anyone concerned about privacy or confidentiality may instead submit this form directly to UVA HR Employee Relations.

While additional plans are ongoing, some of the public health measures that will be in place in the fall include:

  • Face coverings will be required in common spaces, and physical barriers will be provided in libraries and in public-service locations like dining hall cashier stations and help desks.
  • All students, faculty and staff will receive personal protective equipment, including masks, and hand sanitizing stations will be installed across Grounds.
  • Libraries, labs, studios and study rooms will be open, provided they can accommodate social distancing and other health requirements. Anyone sharing a classroom, lab, dining hall, lounge or other common space will need to maintain a six-foot distance for any contact longer than 10 minutes. The University will enhance its cleaning of these spaces, including classrooms.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will be required to track their symptoms daily using an app.
  • UVA will continue to offer testing to anyone who exhibits symptoms. Voluntary testing will be made available for faculty, staff, contract employees and students who are concerned and may not exhibit symptoms.
  • The Virginia Department of Health and UVA will partner to help support voluntary testing of community members, and to effectively trace contacts of anyone who contracts the virus.
  • There are plans to isolate students living on Grounds who test positive for the virus, and to quarantine students who have been exposed.

Please see the UVA Coronavirus Information website for the full list of guidelines and resources regarding the Fall 2020 semester.

About the author

Jane Centofante
Communications senior generalist
UVA Facilities Management
(434) 982-5846