Following up on April 14 faculty and staff town hall

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

To:  Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you to those who tuned in to the April 14 Town Hall for Faculty and Staff and for those that contributed questions during our Q&A session. We hope the discussion was helpful to you. As planning for the future of work at UCLA continues to evolve, it is critical that we keep our campus community informed of the steps UCLA is taking to prepare for a safer and phased return to campus this fall.

If you missed all or part of the discussion, the recording of this town hall and the presentation slides are available to view online. We will also be providing answers to some of the submitted questions in the coming days that we were not able to answer live. We hope these resources are helpful in answering some of your questions.

A departmental toolkit and other resources to assist with fall planning will be available in May. Departmental resumption plans should be submitted to EH&S for review (PDF) as soon as possible, but at least six weeks prior to the anticipated on-site ramp up.

A new Return to Campus website has been created to provide UCLA faculty, students and staff with ongoing and comprehensive information related to plans for 2021, including returning to work at UCLA and FlexWork options.

In addition, we will continue to keep you informed of upcoming town hall meetings and the steps the UCLA COVID-19 Recovery and Response Task Force is taking to protect the campus community and plan for the future of working at UCLA.

A reminder that all UCLA faculty and staff are required to complete two online trainings in the immediate future. One is a Cal/OSHA-mandated COVID-19 Prevention Training that must be completed either before returning to on-campus work or June 30, whichever comes first. The second is a COVID-19 vaccine education training that is required by the University of California (PDF) and can be completed before or after receiving a vaccine.

We also remind all UCLA staff and faculty to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, as soon as they are able to do so. Everyone 16 years of age and older in California is now eligible. UCLA Health is reaching out to specific prioritized groups as new vaccine doses become available. If you are able to book an earlier appointment through an alternate process, such as California’s My Turn or Carbon Health, we encourage you to do so.

You can find general information about the vaccines on UCLA Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information hub and visit UCLA’s COVID-19 resources website and Bruins Safe Online for updates about our campus response to the pandemic.

If you have additional questions, concerns or thoughts about UCLA’s COVID-19 response, please write to COVID19@ucla.edu.

Sincerely,

Michael Beck
UCLA Administrative Vice Chancellor
Co-chair, Response and Recovery Task Force

Michael Meranze
Immediate Past Chair, UCLA Academic Senate
Professor of History
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

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