UA Little Rock has made a round of changes in return-to-work plans for the fall semester, another indication of the complexities all are dealing with in coping with school in the time of coronavirus.
In a letter to the campus, Chancellor Christian Drale noted a number of changes in making decisions on who needs to be on-campus and when. An advisory task force had recommended continuing all remote instruction, but the campus (and other UA campuses) are committed to some form of on-site instruction.
Drale said options include temporary work-at-home assignment, though she cautions “this will not necessarily be the default remedy for all who seek this accommodation.”
Her note concludes:
I know that these changes will not satisfy all. Many are concerned about any level of reopening for fall and in the current context, that concern is understandable. However, I will reiterate that until further notice, we must proceed with the assumption that we will open the campus for fall semester. I hope that you will find that the new guidelines give us more flexibility to do this in the safest manner possible.
Notable revisions include requirements for face covering (required for all where distancing can’t be maintained, but always in classrooms); COVID-19 screening questions; employee categories; alternative work arrangements; campus visitors; international students, and return phases.
Aug. 17 is the target for the return of students to campus.