Return to Work

Return to Work

In dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in May announced the Commonwealth’s plan to cautiously reopen. The governor’s plan consists of a three-phase approach (red, yellow, and green) determined by a region’s readiness and containment of the virus. The phases are constructed in a way to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and safety protocols. At various points in May, Gov. Wolf announced that several counties in Pennsylvania would move into the yellow phase, easing some restrictions and allowing certain non-life sustaining businesses to re-open in-person operations under strict guidance. This change provides employees who are not able to work remotely the opportunity to return to work.

At this time, all University employees who are currently working remotely should plan to do so until further notice. The governor’s plan reaffirms that businesses that have been able to operate remotely with employees teleworking must continue to do so until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At Penn State, there are particular non-life sustaining operations that must be conducted in-person and cannot be done remotely. Recognizing this, the University has developed a formal process for units to follow to allow employees to return to on-site work to conduct essential operations.

**Supervisors who want to request that an individual or unit return to the workplace before that time MUST REVIEW the below information and FOLLOW the guidance provided. The following resources must be reviewed prior to considering returning employees to the workplace. No member of the University community may return to the workplace until they have received the appropriate approval(s) and have acknowledged their personal responsibility to comply with this plan. Failure to receive approval or comply with applicable guidelines will result in immediate on-site work stoppage.

Preparing to Return
Preparing to Return
Return to Work
Return to Work Authorization
Employee Training and Resources
Employee Training & Resources
Social Distancing and Hygiene
Social Distancing &
Hygiene Practices
Cleaning &
Policies for Employees Exhibiting Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19