This message was sent via email to Foothill-De Anza district employees by Chancellor Judy Miner

 March 21, 2022

Spring 2022 Update 

Dear Colleagues,

As we look toward spring – and the many joys that quarter always brings – I know that discussions are well underway about increasing the numbers of on-campus classes for fall. I would also like to share with you an update and our expectation that more employees will be returning at the beginning of spring quarter to serve students on campus and support college and district operations. 

The proportion of on-campus to remote work may vary for different areas even as the overall availability of on-campus employees to serve students will increase significantly starting April 6. Under the direction of the presidents and vice chancellors, individual managers will be providing more specific guidance to their employees, within existing parameters of collective bargaining agreements, to ensure the most appropriate arrangements for best serving our students and district. Additionally, the Offices of Instruction at each college will have answers to frequently asked questions by faculty with instructional and noninstructional assignments.

In the spirit of revitalizing our on-campus environments, student-facing offices should provide regular in-person services during posted hours. Supporting our students during a time of such profound change in workforce norms also means that a one-size-fits-all approach to employee and office schedules will not be the most effective way to serve our students. Managers will work with employees to ensure that student needs are met, including through an increased on-campus presence. At the same time, we understand the need based on student demand, that online classes and services will continue as well.  For specific questions or concerns regarding individual work schedules, please contact your manager. 

As a reminder, beginning April 6, we are requiring booster shots for students and employees who will be on campus. Weekly testing will be required for those eligible for the booster who do not provide proof of having received the shot.

Many thanks to the Consultation Task Force which provided excellent advice regarding masking. While the county strongly recommends masking indoors, the district will continue to require the wearing of face masks indoors for classes and public-facing services through May 6. I will let you know by May 4 whether this will continue. Remembering the Omicron surge that impacted us in January, we want time to monitor and respond to developments that could occur after spring break. 

As you were notified earlier, we will require masking for the professional development presentations on the morning of April 4 in the Smithwick Theatre. 

Many thanks for your patience and resilience as we approach the coming months with a readiness to adapt as may be necessary. I so look forward to seeing you during spring quarter! 

Warmest regards, 

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