Throughout the pandemic, many Kent State frontline employees continued their work in person on our campuses, performing duties such as cleaning buildings, managing our mail, and addressing student needs. As we embark on a robust return to campus for all employees, we recognize that this transition period may be met with a mixture of emotions. Many may be experiencing excitement to be re-joining their colleagues as part of a vibrant in-person community of students, faculty, and staff, yet for others, returning to an in-person community may be a time of uneasiness for some
As campus leaders, we are looking to you to model Kent State’s core values of kindness and respect as we come together for the fall term.
For the return to campus, we ask that you remind your staff to be mindful of others’ feelings and respect each other's concerns. Please remind your staff to carry a face covering with them as the expectation will be that as a courtesy, anyone, if asked, should be willing to wear a face covering indoors to alleviate the concerns of those less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings. This is how Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Let’s be considerate of those who are less comfortable around others who are not wearing face coverings.
As our University President, Dr. Todd Diacon, noted in his email to faculty and staff on May 27, 2021 , “we are an in-person community built over the course of more than 100 years. Interacting in person – with colleagues, students and community members – is what we do. It is who we are.”
Below are some additional considerations, protocols, and requirements to review with your staff as they return to campus. These protocols and requirements are consistent with State of Ohio Orders for responsible reopening and guidelines from the CDC. These protocols and requirements are subject to change based on Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s orders, the CDC and the university’s business needs. These procedures are provided for the health and safety for the university community, should be viewed as temporary in nature and are subject to change based on appropriate medical advice and the needs of the university.