Update on Return to Work

Published Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 9:11am

Dear Colleagues,

The past three months have been challenging, and I am grateful for the willingness and effort you’ve all made to shift to remote operations and your ability to adapt to unprecedented change. The challenges brought about by COVID-19 have disrupted our lives in unimaginable ways, but Maricopa stood tall in the face of those disruptions and will be stronger moving forward as a result.

Today, I write to inform you of our plan to begin returning to our offices on July 6, 2020. Our approach will be flexible as there are numerous variables to consider from a system perspective as well as individual employee perspectives. We understand many of you have personal circumstances, including childcare, eldercare, and other challenges, that will make returning more challenging. We ask supervisors to work closely with those employees and ensure their concerns are considered as teams return to working onsite.

We will phase in the return of our workforce with a focus on the health and safety of our community. Decisions about who returns to campus or the District office, and when, will be managed at the College level, and supervisors will be contacting employees about work arrangements in the coming weeks. We will work with employees to balance individual needs with those of the College, District, unit, or department.

In determining when to transition back to working onsite, protecting the health and safety of our entire Maricopa community and limiting the spread of COVID-19 was our guiding principle. To that end, Human Resources created health and safety guidelines for returning to school/work. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve and more information becomes available, we will update our policies and plans as needed.

College leadership will communicate detailed information and plans regarding each College’s specific plans for returning to campus once they are determined.

I know there is a lot on your minds, and we will do everything possible to provide answers to the many questions you may have over the next few weeks. During this time, we must prepare for some inconveniences and adjust to the standards and behaviors that will help ensure a safe return to work. Thanks for your commitment to this important responsibility in helping us build our community together.

As always, please visit our website for current information, resources, and FAQs.

Stay safe and healthy,

Steven