The planning for a fall return to campus continues to take shape. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Harold Hewitt established eighteen separate task forces to begin preparation for the “CU Safely Back” initiative.
As stated in Harold’s charge to the task force leaders, we will open—in a fashion consistent with the prevailing guidance from State and County health authorities—as scheduled, with instruction beginning August 31. With many unknowns, we are also responsibly preparing for possible contingencies such as blending in-person and remote instruction to accommodate social distancing and group size caps, and even the less-likely scenario of remote learning for the first part of the semester.
Overseeing and coordinating this work will be an Executive Committee chaired by Harold and consisting of Executive Vice President and Provost Glenn Pfeiffer, Executive Vice President Sheryl Bourgeois, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office Brian Powell, Vice President Janine DuMontelle, Vice President Jamie Ceman and Public Safety Chief Randy Burba.
The overarching goal across all task force work is to assess the risk and establish a phased reopening plan that takes into account five established mitigation strategies:
- Physical Distancing
- Symptom Monitoring
- Public Health Interventions
- Face Coverings
- Sanitation Protocol