Town Halls, Face Coverings, and more

June 5, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the entire New Safe Return Committee, thank you for your feedback and the spirit in which it has been offered. We are continuing to work on various scenarios and plans for the future in this dynamic environment. You may continue to submit your questions, comments, and concerns to our virtual suggestion box anonymously or signed.
Here’s our update for this week:

  1. Town Halls for Staff and Faculty: We are planning to host separate town halls for staff and faculty on Thursday, June 11, 2020, times TBD. We will distribute relevant draft recommendations next week for you to review prior to our meeting so that we can spend our time fielding your questions, suggestions, comments, and concerns during our session.
  2. Following the guidance we’ve received from the University and in the College’s planning, we have two specific suggestions for our community. Under any return scenario, it makes sense for all of us to have and use the following items, which we hope you possess or might obtain (if you cannot, and would like support for this, please let us know):

    -Two cloth face coverings/masks: one for the day's activities and the other in the laundry for the next day. Instructions on how to make a cloth face coverings are attached. The University has stated that they plan to provide two face coverings to everyone returning to campus, but we don’t know when that will happen. The College of Law is also working to secure a LawCat-branded cotton face covering for those returning to work. 
    -A thermometer: Taking your temperature daily, in the morning (and better yet, twice daily) is the best way to monitor your baseline health. AZCOVIDTXT, a UA/Pima Co. anonymous, text-based collaboration, facilitates wellness checks and shares COVID-related developments, tips, and information.
  3. Finally, we encourage all of you who are interested in following the latest thinking of UArizona leadership to watch the weekly press briefings where the President, Provost, and members of the UArizona Implementation and Test, Trace & Treat teams talk about developments and evolving plans at the university level. This week’s session included several impressive students who articulated their issues and needs for the year ahead.

Thank you for your continued support, input, patience.
Marc, Bernadette & Teresa