LCC Faculty Colleagues,
A few brief updates on changes to Fall plans since last week as we navigate the ongoing surge in COVID cases due to the Delta variant:
Social Distancing Restored for Fall Classes
The College has agreed to restore social distancing for Fall classes, which means that class capacities that had been increased over the past few weeks will be reduced to previous levels (i.e. 50% of classroom capacity) to ensure space for distancing for face-to-face instruction.
Vaccine Requirement Implementation
As you are likely aware, the Board of Education voted in July to require vaccines for students and employees participating in face-to-face activities at all LCC locations, allowing medical and non-medical exemptions. Faculty should complete the required form by September 14. Some concerns have arisen because the vaccine mandate forms do not require proof of vaccination status and allow philosophical and other exemptions. Effectively, this means that LCC will not be a “fully vaccinated campus.”
LCCEF and LCCEA are working together in solidarity to address this gap in bargaining with proposals that require the publication of the campus vaccination rate weekly and safety measures tied to both public health guidelines and the campus vaccination rate. Publication of the campus vaccination rate will promote transparency and help galvanize efforts to increase the rate in order to help protect students and employees on campus as well as to promote public health in the broader community.
Please see the proposal below provided to the College by LCCEF and LCCEA today. The next Bargaining session is scheduled for Monday, August 23. Please join me in sending appreciation to faculty members Kelly Collins and Nancy Wood, whose service on your LCCEA Bargaining Team frequently requires several meetings per week.
Reminder — Flexible Workplace Arrangement Requests: Two Options
It is possible to request an ADA accommodation for remote work due to a faculty member’s own serious health condition. In addition, it is possible to request a flexible workplace arrangement due to concerns about household members, school/daycare issues, etc. Please see email from Sharon Daniel in HR to all LCC employees from May 11 at 5:24 p.m. (copied below), which provides more details on the process and links to forms to make requests for remote work.