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Fall 2020

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For Faculty & Staff

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY

MassArt has a minimal number of our faculty and staff working on campus, continuing our efforts to provide a safe and healthy workplace by adhering to strict health and safety protocols to mitigate and manage COVID-19 on campus and in our city. To do so, we follow the guidance provided by the Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Mandated Safety Standards established by Governor Charlie Baker.

These safety standards include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assessing academic/workspace configurations for a de-densified campus
  • Planning pedestrian traffic flows
  • Practicing physical distancing
  • Implementing hygiene protocols
  • Signage requirements
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING 

WORK PLANS

We continue to prioritize campus spaces for students and our academic mission. Therefore, MassArt promotes the continuation of remote work for employees who can do so productively and effectively. Each staff member should determine, in discussion with their supervisor, whether their work plan requires them to be on campus. Staggered shifts, telework, and alternating schedules are some options we employ to help ensure a safe and healthy workplace.

Any employee who has concerns if their supervisor requests their return to on-campus work is encouraged to discuss these concerns with their supervisor, who will then consult with Human Resources. We continue to evaluate input from employees regarding any concerns they may have related to on-campus assignments.

Employees who seek reasonable accommodations under the criteria in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) policy may contact Human Resources at hr@massart.edu. While MassArt reserves the right to make the determination regarding accommodations, faculty and staff may otherwise consider the alternative leave options available.


TESTING, TRACING, AND TRAINING

MassArt’s Director of COVID-19 Operations oversees testing, contact tracing, and health and safety training. In consultation with our medical consultant USHealthyWork, MassArt is providing regular surveillance testing of students and employees this fall through the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a nonprofit academic research institution based in Cambridge, MA. Connecting more than 4,000 scientists across MIT, Harvard, and Harvard hospitals, Broad aims to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.

Read more about testing and test frequency

Training
Faculty and staff returning to campus are required to complete training and acknowledge the community health and safety guidelines. This includes important health and safety protocols identified within the Governor’s Reopening Plan. 

Training topics include:

  • What to do if not feeling well:
    • Stay at home when sick and contact your physician
       
  • When on campus:
    • Wear a face mask
    • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet
    • Wash hands regularly and practice good hygiene
    • Follow signage guidance 

RESOURCES

LEAVE BENEFITS

Please stay home if you are sick to care for yourself and protect our campus and surrounding communities. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides new paid leave benefits to employees. These include paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons (e.g. quarantine, isolation) and expanded family and medical leave (e.g. to care for a self-quarantining or isolating household member  or to address lack of childcare due to COVID-19). The provisions of FFCRA are currently in effect through December 31, 2020.

Employees may also be eligible for leave benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as other leave programs as detailed by Human Resources.

WELLNESS AND SUPPORT

Our employees’ well-being is a priority. During this public health crisis, it is even more important to ensure that our faculty and staff have the support they need. Whether telecommuting, balancing responsibilities, or caring for others, the pandemic impacts everyone. 

Mass4You Employee Assistance Program 
The Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) available to our GIC benefits-eligible employees and their families is Mass4You, a place to find easy access to a comprehensive suite of free, confidential support available around the clock.

  • Three in-person or Tele-EAP (virtual) counseling visits per issue per year – at no cost
  • 30-minute telephonic or in-person legal or mediation consultation per issue per year– at no cost
  • Guidance from a financial advisor to help with debt, foreclosure, financial planning and more
  • Get referrals for a variety of Work-Life convenience services: child care, elder care and more
  • Access to Optum’s 24/7 confidential Substance Abuse Treatment Helpline and a licensed clinician

visit GIC

Human Resources Event Series

Human Resources has created a series of events to assist you in working remotely successfully. Events include:

  • Cultivating Mindfulness
  • Making the Most of Your Working

  • Managing Remote Workers

  • The "New" New Normal; Life After COVID-19

VIEW UPCOMING EVENTS

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

As MassArt faculty and staff work remotely and in virtual environments, the Technology Department, Academic Affairs, and Human Resources have been identifying digital tools and resources to facilitate online teaching and administrative work: