This update reflects the progress that has been made since Redbirds Return: A Progress Report was issued on June 10 and to provide more information regarding what faculty, staff and students can expect for the fall 2020 term. Please note that this update is as of July 9, 2020, and as we continue to study our return plans and the myriad impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we will modify our plans as necessary.
As we eagerly move forward with preparations for the fall 2020 semester, we are taking thoughtful and purposeful steps to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the entire campus community. Our Redbirds Return blueprint remains fluid and we continue to seek feedback from all campus stakeholders as we adjust our plans for the fall term. It will take all of us – students, faculty, staff and visitors – sharing in the responsibility of following all health and safety guidance such as wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing, to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 for the entire campus and larger community.
University offices re-opened on Monday, June 15, with limited staffing in place to assist campus visitors. This is part of Illinois State University's Redbird Return Plan, a phased approach to bringing staff and faculty back to campus in advance of the fall semester. Campus buildings are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Redbird Return Plan was developed to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, the safety and security of faculty, staff and students. Under the plan, many employees will continue to work remotely during June. July and August will see a greater number of faculty and staff returning for on-campus work, provided that those returns are consistent with the State’s progression through the Governor's Restore Illinois plan as well as guidance from state and local public health officials.
The campus community is strongly encouraged to review information provided by the following:
Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to read the guidance provided by the CDC regarding preventive steps you can take to avoid the Coronavirus and the spread of respiratory diseases.