PNWU Level Based Approach to Reopening

PNWU will use a level-based, phased approach when considering reopening campus.

PNWU Level Based Approach to Reopening

PNWU Is Currently in Level 2, Effective on Monday, August 10.

PNWU will use a level-based, phased approach when considering reopening campus. As on-site access increases, administration, along with the COVID-19 Supervisor, will closely monitor potential spread of the virus and ensure policies and procedures are being adhered to in order to mitigate risks. Tighter restrictions may have to be put in place if pandemic circumstances surge.

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Staff and Faculty Campus closed to all but essential personnel Campus access limited to personnel performing justified duties Expanded campus access for personnel performing justified duties Normal operations, no COVID-related restrictions
Students Campus closed to students Campus closed to students except when attending lab Campus opened to students with strict social distancing Campus open to students
COM Instruction All instruction remote All lectures remote; select on-campus labs with precautions Mix of lectures remote and live with strict social distancing; more on-campus labs with precautions Normal course delivery

Level 1

During Level 1 designation, PNWU will remain closed to all employees and students with very few exceptions. A return to “normal” function is not the focus of Level 1. Employees authorized to return during this period should only return in a limited capacity. PNWU will use Level 1 guidelines to test the university’s ability to learn and make adjustments in preparation for later reopening levels. All employees that can work from home and whose presence on campus is not required to support the return of students are required to do so. PNWU will monitor to ensure the following are taking place:

  • Health monitoring of employees/students to ensure individuals do not report to campus sick
  • On-site screening/temperature checking
  • Masks/face coverings are worn
  • Required training for employees/students
  • Utilization of video or phone conferencing in place of face-to-face meetings
  • Any necessary/required workplace modifications are being utilized i.e. staggered work schedules/days of the week
  • Adherence to cleaning/disinfection of personal work/learning spaces protocols
  • Compliance with entry and exit points

Level 2

When PNWU reaches Level 2 designation, campus access will continue to be limited. Employees will continue to work remotely and students will continue to receive curriculum in alternative formats. Select student labs can be held on campus while adhering to social and physical distancing and using strong PPE measures.

For departments requesting to return to campus for activities that cannot be performed remotely, a department risk assessment must be performed and authorization must be granted prior to returning to campus. The risk assessment must include justification for why department activities cannot be performed remotely, adjusted staffing work schedules (i.e. alternating workdays, limiting number of people in a department), and other considerations unique to the unit. All Level 1 guidelines will continue to apply and must be followed.

Level 3

During the Level 3 phase, expanded campus access may be authorized to increase operational capacity to support student activities/learning on campus. Employees who can work remotely should continue to do so. Although not a full return to campus during this phase, departments should begin preparations for the return of students to campus full time. All Level 1 guidelines will continue to apply and must be followed.

Level 4

Once Level 4 phase is attained, PNWU will have reached normal operation status, including a return of all employees and students to campus. COVID-19 mitigation strategies will still be in place until which time local, state and federal guidelines have deemed them to be less restrictive. Employees who are high risk, and whose presence on campus is not required to support the return of students and university functions, may not be required to return during Level 4 if they can remain working remotely. If arrangements have been made with their supervisors, these employees should continue working from home.

While there are no restrictions for employees returning back to campus during this phase, administration may consider continuing to have certain employees work remotely to address space concerns.

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