Returning to campus following a year of working remotely requires adjustment in personal and work routines. We’ve got you covered. From public health guidelines to addressing child care and work-life balance, find support for a safe, effective return.
The most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is getting vaccinated. All faculty, staff and trainees must receive the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by August 30, 2021. New employees must be vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment. View our COVID-19 vaccination policy online.
More tips for working on campus:
- Masks are required at all times for everyone in indoor public spaces including lobbies, open spaces, walkways and large classrooms/meeting rooms.
- Masks are required at indoor gatherings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering.
- Masks are not required when an individual is inside a private office or room or while eating or drinking, allowing for personal space as much as possible.
- Masks are required in open office settings such as cubicles.
- Masks are not required outdoors, but are encouraged, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.
- When wearing a mask, it should fully cover your mouth and nose at all times.
- Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves are prohibited.
- Please note: If you have a medical condition that may preclude wearing a mask, please contact Occupational Health.
Other public health tips:
- Hygiene is always a good idea no matter the circumstances. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing). Review CDC guidance on hand-washing. Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water aren’t available.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow (avoid using your hands).
- Use your discretion on campus and be respectful of your colleagues when sharing space.
- Allow space between you and others when possible. If you are unvaccinated, maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
Concerns and exposure
- If you have concerns about COVID-19 safety protocols, visit the COVID-19 website.
- View steps to take regarding positive exposures in the workplace.
- Remember your WashU ID – keep it on a lanyard or in an accessible spot. Many buildings now require badge access. Be prepared!
- Allow time for your commute, parking and completion of the daily screening, including stopping at a screening station (screening stations are only at Medical Campuses). Adjusting your routine and navigating returning onsite can take time.
- View this thrive tip article for more information on stepping into the “next normal”.
- For leaders, view the “Leading in the Next Normal” guide to help you support your teams.
Returning to the office can bring on emotions and alter our routines. View these tips to help you feel comfortable and ready to return and visit the Employee well-being hub for more support.
Work-life balance is important, whether we are onsite or remote. View the family care hub for support and guidance to help you balance needs.