Happy 2022 Colleagues!
With the launch of this new year, we also look to the start of a new semester with some important information regarding return to campus testing and vaccination protocols, plus a new bIT staff event planned for next week.
Get your free COVID test on campus this week or next
You may have seen the message from the Chancellor yesterday that covered several topics on the return to campus. One of the main items is to check your campus access badge compliance which may have expired since the last time you were on campus. If it has been more than 90 days since your last campus surveillance test you are required to get tested again through University Health Services (UHS). If your surveillance testing status has expired or is set to expire within two weeks, getting tested on campus is a great way to fulfill the campus surveillance testing requirement and meet the expectation that you get tested prior to returning to work on campus. Top things to know:
If you already work on campus or are planning to work on campus at all in the coming weeks, you will need to get tested prior to the start of the semester
Tests are administered by appointment only but there are lots of appointments available and the process at UHS is streamlined and quick.
This is a free test and getting it at UHS is the only way to turn your badge green for campus access (90 days).
This week or next is a great time to get tested before students return to campus. Book an appointment now on eTang. More testing info:
You’re invited: bIT New Year Q&A with CIO
With the fluidity of information coming through, we put together a short Q&A session next week to answer any questions you may have about returning to campus and more. Check your bCal for an invite coming through soon for Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. See the return to campus testing Q&A for some of the most common questions on the topic of COVID testing orsubmit other questions you have prior to next week for me to address during the meeting.
Continue to work remotely, if possible for your position
With much still in flux, we want to remain flexible and recommend those who can continue to work remotely do so during the expected omicron surge. We also recognize and appreciate that some work requires an on-campus presence to be accomplished, particularly as students and faculty are expected to return to campus for the start of the semester. All work arrangements continue to be an agreement between you and your manager or supervisor.
bIT Celebration on Jan. 31 postponed
With the omicron variant expected to peak at the end of January into early February, we will not be holding any large in-person events during this timeframe as we had hoped. We are very excited about the idea of us all getting together again and celebrating our new bIT organization in person, and we will still plan something in the future, when it is safe to do so.
More information to come
Campus leadership continues to monitor the situation closely and are meeting regularly to make changes as needed. The campus coronavirus site continues to be updated with the latest information and pertinent updates will be shared by email.
I hope to see you at the Q&A session on Jan. 11!