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Read the university messaging regarding the preparations for returning to campus this fall.

August

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UNCSA will closely monitor positive cases of COVID-19 on our campus and report them to our community through a dashboard similar to the one below.

Case counts will be updated daily by 5 p.m. At this time, there are no known active COVID-19 cases on the UNCSA campus.

ACTIVE ON-CAMPUS CASES
Active campus cases are defined as those where a positive COVID-19 test result has been confirmed and the person is currently isolated.

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SEMESTER CUMULATIVE ON-CAMPUS CASES
The following chart shows the total number of cases (including active cases noted above) for the summer and fall semester, beginning July 1, 2020.

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This dashboard information does not include individuals who may have or have had confirmed cases but have not reported to campus in the past 14 days or who self-quarantined without a confirmed diagnosis. UNCSA may add additional data and detail to this dashboard as the semester progresses.

All persons determined to have a risk of exposure will be formally contacted individually through our contact tracing process and will be provided additional instruction regarding testing, isolating and quarantining.

To protect individuals' private health information, UNCSA will not identify or offer personally identifying information about employees or students diagnosed with COVID-19, except as required by law. The university follows confidentiality guidelines and directives outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

This email also serves as a notice to our campus that one staff case was reported over the summer, in early July (while the majority of faculty, staff and students were not on campus). Contact tracing was performed, and the positive case did not produce additional cases on campus. Additional cleaning and disinfecting took place. The individual has fully recovered.

Please remember, if you have a fever equal to or more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or any of the symptoms or exposures listed in the Daily Self-Screening Checklist, DO NOT report to work or class. Employees should notify your immediate supervisor and contact a medical provider; students should contact UNCSA Student Health Services at 336-770-3288 for a telemed appointment with a medical provider.


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Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that he is extending North Carolina’s Safer at Home Phase 2 an additional five weeks, until at least
Sept. 11.

Phase 2 is part of a three-phased approach to slowly lift statewide restrictions put in place due to COVID-19. Phase 2 has been in effect since May 22 and was due to expire at 5 p.m. today.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, said the metrics the state uses to analyze the virus’ spread have stabilized; however, both Cooper and Cohen said they would prefer to see cases decreasing.

“The opening of schools and colleges is an important one — education must go on, even in a pandemic,” Cooper noted.

The statewide requirement for face coverings to be worn in public places where physical distancing is not possible remains in effect. Please note that UNCSA requires everyone on campus to wear a face mask as part of its Community Health Standards, and this requirement will be enforced.

In addition, Phase 2 keeps gyms closed; thus, the Fitness Center at UNCSA will be offering virtual and outdoor classes only for the time being. However, keep checking the Fitness Center webpage and My SA for updates.

For more information on fall 2020 plans, see our webpage at uncsa.edu/safecampus.

Returner student move-in and in-person check-in information

On August 12-16, make plans to arrive on campus at your appointment time. Students are staggered by move-in/check-in appointment times and conclude August 16. Everyone should proceed to Parking Lot N on arrival to campus. View schedule information online.


Graduate students - August 12 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Undergraduate students - August 12-16 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
High school students - August 13-14 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Health and safety screening procedure

Students and the two people accompanying them to campus should self-screen before arriving on campus by answering the following questions.

  •     Do you have fatigue, headache, and/or new muscle aches not related to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g. due to physical exercise)?
  •     Do you feel like you may have chills or a temperature of greater than 100°F?
  •     Do you have sore throat not related to another medical condition (e.g. allergies)?
  •     Do you have a new onset of congestion or runny nose within the last 2 weeks?
  •     Do you have a new or worsening cough that is not related to another medical condition?
  •     Do you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  •     Do you have recent (<5 days) loss of smell and taste?
  •     Do you have new onset of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea not related to another medical condition?
  •     Have you had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?


If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes," please do not come to campus. Anyone experiencing symptoms or who have a known exposure to COVID-19 should seek medical evaluation and delay coming to campus until cleared by a medical provider. If you will not be arriving as planned for your scheduled move in/check-in, please contact: 336-770-3281 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. After 6 p.m. contact 336-414-9545.

Everyone arriving on campus will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms by staff. Individuals that do not clear the screening will be asked to leave the campus.

Two people will be permitted to assist each student with move in. Once move in is complete, helpers must leave the campus.

Online health and safety training reminder

Parents and students, please complete the online health and safety training before arriving on campus. Login information was sent on July 20 via email.

If you have any issues logging in, please email orientation@uncsa.edu.


Sincerely,
 
Dr. Tracey Ford
Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

July 2020

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Dear Staff,

As we near the start of this next academic year, I want to recognize the incredible efforts you have all undertaken this summer to address the myriad details involved in planning our return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. We recognize that these are challenging times, and we are grateful for the creativity and grit you have exhibited as we tackle these unprecedented circumstances for UNCSA.

We will be continuing our phased return to campus over the coming weeks as we approach student move in Aug. 9-16 and classes begin Aug. 17. Although UNCSA is still encouraging telework where possible while North Carolina remains in Phase 2, some positions and departments will require on-campus work as students return and classes begin. Supervisors will share approved schedules and plans for their departments. Cabinet will review department schedules to ensure business integrity and consistency of operations are maintained. This review will also ensure that all areas of campus maintain safe levels of occupancy.

Please read the following carefully:

  • Before you return to campus, you are required to read our new Return to Campus Handbook, which offers details about how we will approach working in this new environment as safely as possible. The guide includes health and safety protocols and guidance for workplace scenarios that have already been shared with you by email and at uncsa.edu/plan. As Chancellor Cole has said, it will take all of us to ensure our community’s health. The guidelines outlined here and in our Community Health Standards are not suggestions; they are requirements.
  • Before you return to campus, you are required to complete COVID-19 Return to Campus training on the new protocols we will be following this fall. Employees who are already working on campus must complete the training by Aug. 7, 2020. Training can be completed on your own via the online training portal KnowBe4 or through upcoming Zoom sessions with HR. All staff will receive an invitation from Susan Porter in Human Resources to complete the COVID-19 Return to Campus training via KnowBe4 later today. If you do not wish to or aren’t able to access the on-demand training, then you will be required to contact Deb Carley to sign up for an HR-facilitated Zoom session. (Note: All students will be required to complete their own training as well before returning to campus).
  • All staff, students and faculty will be required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Screening Self-Assessment (printable PDF) before attending class or coming to work. As a member of the UNCSA community, you must commit to daily self-screenings and complete the COVID-19 Daily Assessment Acknowledgment form indicating that you agree to do the screening every day. To help you establish this as a daily habit, you will receive a daily email reminder that will allow you to confirm that you’ve completed your screening. You can also print the Daily COVID-19 Screening Self-Assessment as a physical reminder to complete the screening. In addition, all staff, students and faculty will receive a plastic pocket reminder card with screening information.
  • If a staff member has concerns about returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic that are related to an underlying health condition, the employee may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation depending on their circumstances.Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as governed by applicable laws and policy. Please contact Angela Mahoney in HR to learn more about your options.
  • Any staff member who would like to request a flexible work arrangement from their direct supervisor should submit the Teleworking Form. Requests not related to a health condition will be considered according to the procedures in UNCSA Regulation 630 for Flexible Work and Telework.
  • HR will be conducting a Zoom session with supervisors at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 24, to review this information and answer questions. Supervisors will receive an invitation to that Zoom meeting later today.
  • If they have not already done so, department office managers should reach out to Toni Beery to request Return to Campus bags for their departments. The bags contain two cloth masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, a self-screening reminder card and a printed Return to Campus Handbook.

We look forward to seeing many of you in person again in the coming weeks. Together, we will ensure the health and safety of our campus and the continuation of the important work all of you do here at UNCSA.
 
Sincerely,
 
Angela Mahoney


Gov. Roy Cooper has announced that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 of a three-phased approach to slowly lift statewide restrictions due to COVID-19 in an effort to stabilize trends of increasing viral spread in the state. The current executive order expires today, Friday, July 17.

Phase 2 will stay in effect until at least Aug. 7.

The state monitors several benchmarks, including hospitalizations, positive cases and testing, to determine when North Carolina should lift restrictions.

The governor also announced that the state's K-12 public schools will reopen Aug. 17 with a hybrid of in-person and online learning with an option for all online instruction. The UNCSA high school adheres to UNC System policies and will operate in a hybrid status in the fall, combining in-person and online instruction. The high school follows the UNCSA academic calendar.

The statewide requirement for face coverings to be worn in public places where physical distancing is not possible remains in effect. Please note that UNCSA will require everyone on campus to wear a face mask as part of its Community Health Standards, and this requirement will be enforced.

For more information on "Safer At Home Phase 2," please see the FAQs on www.nc.gov.

Dear UNCSA Community,
I hope that you are safe, well and are finding time to enjoy these summer months, even as we face the significant challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. I remain proud of and grateful for the intense work our faculty and staff have accomplished over the past months to plan for a safe and fulfilling return to campus this fall. Thanks to all who took the time to participate in the recent online information sessions. I hope that you found them helpful. We will continue to answer your questions to the best of our ability.

I want to share some additional fall plans and information for our campus community – specifically, health protocols and environmental safety related to COVID-19, how we will address your important concerns regarding the new guidance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for international students, and deferred enrollment.

Please visit our newly updated webpage, designed as a central source for information about the Fall 2020 semester. The webpage includes specific information for students, faculty and staff and is being updated regularly. You may continue to submit questions as well. We suggest that you bookmark this webpage and refer to it frequently for updates.

Even as we present these additional plans to you, we remain acutely aware that COVID-19 is an evolving situation. We continue to work with the UNC System and state health and safety experts to monitor the health situation in North Carolina and to plan for all scenarios. We will communicate with you regularly as we receive further guidance from the UNC System or state government. The following are updates since our last communication with you on June 12.

Planning our safe return to campus
UNCSA followed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and UNC System guidance and partnered with the county health department and local medical organizations to develop health and safety protocols for the upcoming academic year. We also consulted with an infectious disease prevention specialist from UNC Health Care to create health and safety protocols specific to the spaces on our campus and the unique kinds of activities in our training and operations. Detailed health and safety modifications for each conservatory are still being developed and will be posted on the conservatory and academic pages in the Fall 2020 section of our website. In addition to our Community Health Standards, UNCSA will enact the following protocols to mitigate the risk presented by COVID-19 and to keep members of our campus community safe:

New guidance from ICE for international students
On July 6, ICE released guidelines prohibiting international students from remaining in the U.S. if the university is operating in a completely online status. Under the new direction, international students can obtain or retain F-1 visa status for hybrid programs that combine in-person and online instruction.

UNCSA is planning to operate in a hybrid status in the fall, which meets ICE requirements. Also, our teams are working to ensure that international students have the opportunity to participate in the in-person courses necessary to maintain their visa status and remain at UNCSA.

We are working with the UNC System to closely monitor this fluid situation, and will continue to advocate with the federal government for a policy that is more supportive of international students throughout this continuing pandemic. We will continue to provide impacted students with additional information as we learn more. In the meantime, please know we stand with you and are here to support you.

Deferred Enrollment
Some of you have asked whether it is possible to defer enrollment without re-applying or re-auditioning for the 2020-21 academic year. We have heard your concerns and we do not take them lightly. We understand that these are unique circumstances and that you may be apprehensive by the changes necessary for the fall semester. While such changes are common among college campuses across the nation, we know they distinctly impact the arts training we do here at UNCSA.

As we plan for the fall, know that next to ensuring your health and safety, our main objective is to deliver training of the highest quality to prepare our students for professional careers in the arts. We are confident that coming together in person, following guidelines to ensure health and safety, is the most effective way to achieve that. The training you will receive this fall reflects how the arts industries are evolving in this unusual environment, encouraging creativity and allowing the arts to thrive while accommodating the restrictions imposed by the virus.

Because of our unique conservatory structure, UNCSA and other similar institutions do not have the flexibility to guarantee space for a student who wishes to return after taking a year off without negatively affecting the quality and sustainability of the program. The enrollment cycle at UNCSA does not work on an annual basis. Given the cohort model followed by each of our arts schools and our limited class sizes that ensure the highest level of training in our distinctive environment, a blanket voluntary deferral policy is not possible. However, we understand that some of you face substantial challenges in returning related to both medical conditions and increased financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 crisis. Processes exist to help you with a temporary medical withdrawal, financial assistance or other kinds of accommodation. UNCSA is committed to working with you on an individual basis to pursue potential solutions and accommodations. We want to ensure each of you can surmount any obstacles you may face in returning to campus and progressing in your program. Please fill out the Fall 2020 Student Challenges form if you would like to explore potential solutions to any such challenges you are facing for the 2020-21 academic year.

We will be holding additional information sessions at the end of July, and those dates and times will be communicated to you soon. Thank you for your resilience and Fighting Pickle spirit as we face these challenging times, and again, I look forward to seeing all of you on campus in a few short weeks.

Sincerely,
Brian Cole

June 2020

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N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced this week that North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 of a three-phased approach to slowly lift statewide restrictions due to COVID-19 in an effort to stabilize trends of increasing viral spread in the state. Phase 2, which recommends residents will be "Safer at Home," will continue for at least three more weeks beginning today, Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m.

Gov. Cooper also announced a statewide executive order requiring that face coverings must be worn in public places where physical distancing is not possible. Cloth face coverings, when worn consistently, can decrease the spread of COVID-19, especially among people who are not yet showing symptoms of the virus. In addition, certain businesses must have employees and customers wear face coverings, including retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming; employees of child care centers and camps; state government agencies under the Governor’s Cabinet; workers and riders of transportation; and workers in construction/trades, manufacturing, agriculture, meat processing and healthcare and long-term care settings.

Please note that UNCSA will require everyone on campus to use a face mask as part of its Community Health Standards related to our return to campus, and this requirement will be enforced.

Otherwise, this extension of Phase 2 has no significant impact on our operations at this time. Employees should continue teleworking and remote work arrangements where possible, and only mandatory employees who have been directed by their supervisors to support essential operations should report to campus.
 
As a reminder, following are the key points for Phase 2:

  •     Restaurants can open at 50% capacity for dine-in customers.
  •     Personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, can open at 50% capacity.
  •     Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
  •     Mass gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors. These limits apply to: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.
  •     Day camps and overnight camps can open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements.
  •     Bars, night clubs, gyms and indoor fitness facilities, and indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters and bowling alleys remain closed.
  •     Rigorous restrictions remain on nursing homes and other congregant care settings.


The Safer At Home Phase 2 has been extended through 5 p.m. Friday, July 17, unless revised or replaced. For more information on Phase 2, see the FAQs on the nc.gov website.

Dear UNCSA Community,

This summer at UNCSA, we continue to make great strides in preparing for students to be on campus for the 2020-21 academic year. We are looking forward to our Pickle Family being together again while keeping the health and wellness of our campus community as our utmost priority. In addition to the plans below, our conservatories have been working hard, reimagining classes and planning new and innovative ways to share our art forms. We will provide more information about performance and production planning in the coming weeks.

I am pleased to confirm further details about the coming year as a result of the planning work that has been taking place these past weeks. In making these decisions, we have followed CDC, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and UNC System guidelines. In an effort to analyze more deeply the unique aspects of the training and work performed at UNCSA, we also hired an infection prevention specialist, Karen Hoffmann, R.N., BSN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, who is a clinical instructor in the division of infectious diseases with the UNC School of Medicine, and immediate past president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, to visit campus and consult with us. Her observations and recommendations will guide us in making the adjustments necessary to maintain the health and safety of our community.

All of the updates and confirmed plans for the 2020-21 Academic Year can be found on our Fall 2020 webpage. Please continue to consult this page for all information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. You may submit questions as well. Below is what is new since my last communication on May 28:

MOVE-IN/ORIENTATION

Orientation for new students and parents will be a hybrid of online modules and in-person sessions. Online orientation will take place July 20-27. Our in-person orientation and move-in period will happen concurrently using a staggered schedule from Monday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 16. New and returning students will be required to complete an online training module on health and safety protocols.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

We have confirmed a complete, revised academic calendar for the 2020-21 academic year. Note that the spring semester will begin on Feb. 8. As previously announced, fall semester classes for all students (undergraduate, graduate and high school) will start on Monday, Aug. 17, and end on Thursday, Nov. 19. We will forego the Labor Day holiday and fall and spring breaks. This modified calendar enables UNCSA to maintain the necessary instructional days required to meet our academic standards while limiting travel to help reduce virus exposure.

RESIDENTIAL HOUSING AND DINING

Consistent with UNC System guidance, we are moving forward with standard, double occupancy of residence halls and apartments. However, we are taking some units offline to reduce density and make beds available for those students who require singles because of health issues. We are also reserving some units should we be required to implement any quarantining during the academic year.

Regarding dining services, we are working with our vendor to generate a set of guidelines for safe dining. We will likely eliminate self-service and increase options for take-away. While the cafeteria, Pickle Jar and the Library Café will be open, we will be reducing seating, limiting numbers, and possibly using Eisenberg Social Hall as an overflow dining area.

COMMUNITY HEALTH STANDARDS

As we begin our return, it is essential that we all commit to the actions and precautions we can take as individuals that will protect our campus community. It will require all of us together to keep our community healthy. The primary way COVID-19 spreads is by exhaled droplets by persons in close proximity, so our best hope of preventing the spread is therefore by changing the way we behave. We will expect all members of our community to show care for their friends, peers, colleagues and neighbors.

Here are a few of the guidelines we expect our campus community to adhere to:

  • We expect everyone on campus to wear a mask when around other people unless otherwise officially warranted by practical classwork (i.e., playing a wind instrument). UNCSA will provide masks to everyone on campus and you may bring your own face covering as long as it covers your nose and mouth. If mask removal is required, we expect members of our community to follow additional recommended protocols for safety.
  • We expect everyone on campus to follow institutional guidelines on social distancing at all times unless otherwise officially warranted by practical classwork.
  • We expect everyone on campus to wash hands frequently throughout each day and/or use hand sanitizer. UNCSA will be creating more opportunities for hand hygiene around campus.

We will provide more details and resources on community safety standards as we get closer to the start of the year. Details about on-campus health and safety procedures such as screening, testing and quarantining will also be announced in the coming weeks.

FALL 2020 INFORMATION SESSIONS

We will be hosting virtual information sessions to answer any questions you may have. The schedule is:

  • June 22, Noon to 1 p.m., for Incoming High School Students and Parents
  • June 22, 4-5 p.m., for Current High School Students and Parents
  • June 24, Noon to 1 p.m., for Incoming Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Parents
  • June 24, 4-5 p.m., for Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Parents

We will continue communicating with you regularly over the summer with updates and details as they are confirmed. Thank you for your patience, trust and flexibility as we continue to prepare for your arrival. I look forward to seeing you all, in person!

Sincerely,

Brian Cole
Chancellor

May 2020

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Dear UNCSA Community,

I hope this email finds you well wherever you may be after what was an extraordinary semester at UNCSA. As our thoughts turn to fall 2020, today I am writing to share our intention to welcome students to campus next semester, and the adjustments we are making in order to ensure it is safe to do so.
 
Over the past month the UNCSA leadership team has been working closely with faculty and staff in discussing possible scenarios for the fall. I am proud of the dedicated and innovative work that is underway to rethink the way we deliver instruction as we adapt to the landscape facing not only universities across the country, but the industry for which we prepare our student-artists. 
 
As we think about fall, we are keeping in mind that our primary mission is to train our students for the arts and entertainment industry, and we are making modifications to our instruction for this year that reflect the way that industry is adapting to the current reality. With guidance from industry as well as medical experts, our faculty and staff have been working diligently to develop our courses and experiences as we stay vigilant in protecting the health of our campus and the community at large.
 
As we enter the final stages of our operational planning, we are announcing the following key decisions for the coming year:
 
#1 – Modified Academic Calendar 

  • Classes for undergraduate, graduate and high school students will begin on Monday, Aug. 17, and end on Thursday, Nov. 19.
  • We will forego the Labor Day holiday as well as fall break.
  • On-campus final exams and juries will be conducted Friday, Nov. 20, through Tuesday, Nov. 24, with finals continuing online following the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • The duration of winter break will be expanded. 
This plan greatly reduces any need for travel during the middle of the semester, as limiting movement is key for managing virus spread. It allows the institution to avoid bringing students back following the Thanksgiving break, when so many will have traveled home to destinations around the country and the world. This modified calendar also enables us to maintain the necessary instructional days required to meet our academic standards and best serve our students. The final academic calendar, including details for the spring semester, will be announced at a later date.
 
#2 – Hybrid Instructional Model
 
We will adopt a hybrid instructional model for the fall semester. This means maintaining our core in-person classes and experiences while also incorporating online instructional resources where possible. More specific details about modifications to courses will come from the schools’ deans in the coming weeks. I wish to commend our faculty for their work in coming up with creative solutions that reflect the way the industry is adapting to the current situation, which will ensure the training is more relevant than ever.
 
#3—Health and Safety Protocols
 
Under guidance and protocols outlined by the UNC System, UNCSA is working closely with state and local partners in health and public safety in finalizing our operational plans for the fall semester and beyond. Our focus is to be able to offer the core elements of in-person training in a manner that is meaningful and relevant to the industry, while doing everything possible to protect the health of students, faculty and staff. Details about these protocols, as well as on-campus health and safety procedures such as screening, testing and quarantining, will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
To deal with these and many other issues, I’ve organized various cross-departmental task forces. These include Academic Programs, Health and Wellness Services, Environmental Safety, Residential Housing and Dining, Human Resources and Infrastructure, Communications and External Relations, and Finance and Infrastructure. These task forces include broad representation from faculty and staff across the campus, as well as representatives from student government.  
 
We continue to be guided by the UNC System Office, the Centers for Disease Control and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and are working with local partners to further refine our return to campus. It is important to note that we must maintain maximum flexibility in our planning, knowing that conditions with COVID-19 may evolve over the summer or during the school year. We will keep you informed every step of the way.
 
We plan to hold several online Town Hall meetings in June to address questions you may have about the fall, and will announce those dates shortly. Until then, please continue to monitor our new Fall 2020 webpage for changes and updates.
 
In these unprecedented times, the world needs the inspiration and creative problem-solving abilities of artists now more than ever. The people of the UNCSA community are better prepared than anyone to meet these challenges, and our institution is ready to do so. While this is a complex situation, I also believe it is one that presents an opportunity for UNCSA to do what it does best – let our ingenuity, resourcefulness and imagination shine.


Sincerely,

Brian Cole
Chancellor



N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an executive order, effective at 5 p.m. today, Friday, May 22, that will allow North Carolinians to move into Phase 2 of a three-phased approach to slowly lift statewide restrictions due to COVID-19.
 
Phase 2 lifts the stay-at-home order, but recommends residents will be “Safer At Home” – especially people at high risk. Cooper and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said that while the state’s overall key indicators remain stable, continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.
 
For UNCSA, the move into Phase 2 has no significant impact on our operations as teleworking is still encouraged. Employees should continue teleworking and remote work arrangements where possible, and only mandatory employees who have been directed by their supervisors to support essential operations should report to campus.
 
Under Phase 2, the following occurs:
•    Restaurants can open at 50% capacity for dine-in customers.
•    Personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, can open at 50% capacity.
•    Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
•    Mass gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors. These limits apply to: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.
•    Day camps and overnight camps can open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements.
•    Bars, night clubs, gyms and indoor fitness facilities, and indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters and bowling alleys remain closed.
•    Rigorous restrictions remain on nursing homes and other congregant care settings.
The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, unless revised or replaced. For more information on Phase 2, see the FAQs on the NC governor website.

UNCSA Employees:

I hope you and your family and friends are well.

Please take a moment to review the following new information regarding your work during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Special Work and Leave Provisions for April (see "Administrative Leave/Mandatory Employees" Update published March 31, 2020) were recently extended by the UNC System Office through May 8. After consulting with the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR), the UNC System Office has now provided updated guidance, effective May 9 until further revised or rescinded.

The provisions in the May 9 guidance are substantially the same as those in the April guidance, including the availability of special paid administrative leave in eligible circumstances. The May 9 guidance also includes a more detailed summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and its administration; for more information, see "Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave Provisions" (effective May 1, 2020) (PDF) and the UNC Personnel Policy 300.2.15[R].

The federal FFCRA was signed into law on March 18 and is effective April 1-Dec. 31, 2020. The law provides a time-limited allocation of emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave coverage for employees who cannot work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The provisions of this law apply to both permanent and currently employed non-student temporary employees for time missed due to qualifying circumstances beginning May 1, 2020.

On a related note, Gov. Roy Cooper has issued an executive order, effective at 5 p.m. Friday, May 8, which allows North Carolinians to move into Phase 1 of a three-phased approach to slowly lift statewide restrictions he issued on March 27 as the state continues to battle COVID-19. For UNCSA, the move into Phase 1 has no significant impact on our operations. Employees should continue teleworking and remote work arrangements where possible, and only mandatory employees who have been directed by their supervisors to support essential operations should report to campus.

At a future date, possibly in late May or early June, we expect that the UNC System Office will develop detailed guidelines regarding incremental return to work onsite for its constituent institutions, including UNCSA, based on guidance received from the OSHR, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and further executive orders.

I know this is a challenging and confusing time for all of you. Remember that we are all in this together, and that your HR team is here to support you. You may email questions related to this communication to HRLeaveInquiries@uncarts.onmicrosoft.com; we will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

Until we are together again, be safe and stay healthy.

Take care,
Angela L. Mahoney, SHRM-CP, PHR
Director of Human Resources

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an executive order, effective at 5 p.m. today, Friday, May 8, that will allow North Carolinians to move into Phase 1 of a three-phased approach to slowly lift statewide restrictions he issued on
March 27 as the state continues to battle COVID-19.

The statewide stay-at-home order will still be in place, but restrictions on leaving home will be loosened as more business are allowed to open. People will be able to leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open.

Retail businesses will be allowed to open at 50% capacity with social distancing and frequent cleaning. Other businesses remain closed, including personal care businesses, entertainment venues, and gyms. Restaurants and bars may continue to offer drive-through, takeout and delivery only.

Though small outdoor gatherings will be allowed, gatherings of more than 10 people generally are still prohibited. The opening of state parks and trails is encouraged.

Child care facilities will be open, with strict cleaning protocols, to serve families of parents who are working or looking for work.

Teleworking is still encouraged for businesses that can practice it. A memorandum from the UNC System’s Office of Human Resources will follow with more details.

See more on what's new in Phase 1 (PDF).

The governor’s order is in effect until 5 p.m. Friday, May 22; however, Phase 2 will start only if public health data and indicators meet the governor’s plan.

According to public health officials, there have been more than 300 reported cases of COVID-19 in Forsyth County, with five deaths. Statewide, there have been more than 13,000 cases and more than 500 deaths to date.

For more information on COVID-19 and how it affects UNCSA, please visit our website, uncsa.edu/coronavirus for updates.