March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Staff Notice - March 13, 2020

Further to the President’s message regarding Humber’s plans for alternate delivery and campus operations for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester, Humber College has determined that only essential services will be provided and remain open on campus for the week of Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020. We wish to minimize the number of students, staff and faculty on campus with the goal of having as few people on campus as possible during this period.

The College will be promoting and making available to all staff the ability to work remotely wherever possible. Guidelines for supervisors and employees are available below.

The College will determine essential services and will communicate directly to you, or through your manager (or their designate). If you are unsure whether you should attend campus next week and you have not heard from your manager, you should assume that your attendance on campus on Monday morning is not required and you should follow up with your manager or their designate to receive directions for the remainder of the week. 

Due to these exceptional circumstances, all staff (full, partial load, part time and student employees including work study students) who would normally be scheduled to work during this period will receive pay consistent with their regular schedule. No one will suffer a loss of pay of their regular earnings as a result of limiting on-site work during this time period.

If you are an employee who would normally enter scheduled hours through HRMS in order to be paid, you must continue to do so by entering hours that reflect hours that you would have been normally scheduled to work. Managers, please ensure that you continue to review and approve these hours to align with the payroll calendar deadlines. If there are any questions related to this, please speak with your manager.

Going forward, decisions regarding appropriate staffing levels and attendance will be made on a daily basis. Updates regarding the weeks following March 20th will be provided by your manager and/or available through Communique. Please review these communications daily.

All information related to campus operations impacting employees is available on the HR website. Additional information will also be available through Communique and the Humber website.

We want to take the opportunity to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are taking active steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff.

Thorough cleaning will occur across campuses in all classrooms and public areas. Individual work stations and work locations may not be able to receive the same level of cleaning and we would therefore ask that all staff take necessary steps to keep their work area clean following your usual personal cleaning approaches. If staff at any time have tested positive or been advised that they have been exposed to COVID-19, arrangements will be made for a thorough cleaning of your office area.

Toronto Public Health recommends key steps to take to help protect yourself and your community including:

Personal Hygiene and COVID-19 Precautions

  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Please wash your hands regularly and/or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Refrain from touching your face 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick 
  • Use proper cough and sneeze etiquette 
  • Avoid large events and practice social distancing

Travel

  • We have suspended all college-related international travel activities, including travel to the United States, for employees and students until June 30th. In addition, no college-related travel should be booked going forward effective immediately without discussion with, and approval from, the Vice-President in your Division.
  • People who are travelling outside of Canada will be required to remain off campus for 14 days upon their return. At the outset of the 14-day period, please discuss remote work options with your manager.
  • We would ask all staff to monitor the Government of Canada travel advisories carefully following principles of social responsibility and to restrict non- emergency travel as much as possible. If you feel the need to travel please let your manager know that you plan to travel.
  • Should symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing arise within 14 days of travelling, you will be asked to self-isolate and call Toronto Public Health.  

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to speak with your manager or the Occupational Health and Safety Services (hiren.patel@humber.ca or margaret.fung@humber.ca).  

We appreciate that these may be difficult times for all staff, managing a range of emotions and uncertainty. Humber is committed to the well-being and safety of all our employees and the wider community at-large. Care and compassion will be at the core of all decisions made as this unfolds.

 

Sincerely,

Lori Diduch
VP, Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness


Remote Working Guidelines

Please follow one of the links below to review our Remote Work Guidelines for Employees and Supervisors.