Return To Fall 2021 Plan

OVERVIEW Guiding Principles

The health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and the public is UW-Stout’s top priority for developing protocols to respond to COVID-19.

Our health and safety protocols are aligned with guidance from the federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WI Department of Health Services, American College Health Association, UW System, and the UW-Stout Recovery Planning Team.


As we have done since spring 2020, we will continue to update our plans as conditions evolve and information becomes available.

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Return to Fall Phase 4 and Plan Timeline This plan is effective August 23, 2021 and will be updated as new information emerges and the fall semester progresses.

Stout entered its Phase 4 of operations on August 1.





Phase Four – When a vaccination is commonly available, or the risk of COVID-19 has substantially diminished • Employees return to work. • Face masks and continued sanitizing as appropriate. • Virtual meetings may continue and telecommuting, due to COVID-19, may no longer be necessary.

On August 1, employees who had been on a temporary COVID-19 telecommuting arrangement due to an accommodation, childcare needs, or a Return to Work plan began returning to campus, with our on-campus employee population fully returning by the start of the academic year, August 23, 2021. Departments may determine the schedule of their employees’ return based on operational need, as long as the August 23 deadline is met. Employees with existing medical accommodations due to COVID, who feel the accommodation may need to be extended, should discuss their request with their supervisor and the Human Resources office. Our telecommuting policy that existed prior to COVID will also resume August 23.



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