University to implement reentry plan during “Green” phase in PA

University Communication to Faculty and Staff
Distributed: 05/22/2020
Posted: 05/26/2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Many stakeholders across the University continue to monitor the rapidly changing responses to this global pandemic and are working in close collaboration with Governor Wolf’s office, the Department of Health, and universities throughout the region on a collective recovery.

Below are a few brief updates:

A Return to Campus

Senior leadership is actively working on a comprehensive COVID-19 reentry plan for the University, which will be aligned with federal and state guidelines and implemented within the “Green” phase in Pennsylvania. In the interim, remote work will remain in place until further notice. Details about a safe, phased return to campus will be shared with faculty and staff in June.

All faculty and staff are asked to direct any questions or concerns they may have to their direct supervisor or manager. Employees are also asked to contact Human Resources if they have been affected by COVID-19.

As you might imagine, the all-inclusive plan will address myriad aspects of University life, such as, but in no way limited to: facility access; safe reentry phases; physical distancing and masking; testing and contact tracing; interaction within university common areas and work spaces; and cleaning and sanitization protocols.

Virtual “Mercy Mask Mob” Forming

In the spirit of Carlow Mercy, Campus Ministry is encouraging faculty and staff to participate in a newly formed virtual community. The “Mercy Mask Mob” is set to make 350 face masks that will be used by the Carlow Community after the return to campus. If you have a sewing machine or like to hand sew, and would like to help, email the Office of Campus Ministry no later than May 26.

Campus Ministry will provide easy patterns for both machine and hand sewers. Also, donations of fabric scraps (6 inches x 9 inches minimal) are being accepted.

We appreciate that this uncertainty is not ideal, but we are taking a measured, thoughtful and proactive approach in making responsible decisions that will first and foremost ensure the safety of our campus and surrounding community while continuing to vibrantly live our mission.

We wish everyone a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend.


The COVID-19 Rapid Response Team