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Skidmore College
Fall 2020 Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs will be continuously updated as new questions are asked and information is available.

Skidmore is located in the Capital Region of New York and is under the phased reopening plan called “New York Forward.” Higher education administration falls under Phase 2 of the reopening plan, and the College has developed its own Reopening Safety Action Plan with an effective date of June 29, 2020. The plan outlines how College employees will begin to return to campus in a safe way, which is our primary goal.

The vice president of each division will develop a plan for reopening their offices. Some departments will continue to work from home, and others will allow a safe percentage of employees to return to work.  

Supervisors will work directly with their employees to determine individual dates for return to office work and work schedules. For some employees, this will involve a partial return to campus, and others will continue to work from home. 

Employees who are currently on full or partial furlough, have an expected return to regular employment after July 31, 2020, as previously communicated.   

Skidmore is taking steps to ensure the campus workplace is safe, and employees will be asked to do their part as well. Facilities will clean all common areas on a regular basis and record when and where cleanings occur.  

Employees will be asked to clean and sanitize their work areas on a daily (or more frequent) basis. Safe practices should also be maintained, such as frequent hand-washing, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and wiping down surfaces. 

Employees will also be required to certify daily that they do not have a temperature above 100.4 and do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Employees will receive a list of requirements to follow when they return to campus to keep themselves and those around them safe. The requirements are listed in detail in the Reopening Safety Action Plan.   

Each department will determine, based on duties, work assignments and the physical design of the work area, the appropriate number of employees who will return.

It is important for all employees to follow safety protocols. We want everyone to be safe and feel secure working in a clean environment. The best way to do that is for everyone to wear a mask, frequently wash their hands, refrain from touching their face and follow safe distancing practices. Everyone should attempt to stay more than six feet apart, avoid congregating in common areas and wipe down equipment before and after contact with it. Cleaning supplies, gloves and masks will be provided to those who request them from Facilities ( or Human Resources ( All employees should carefully review the Reopening Safety Action Plan, which outlines requirements for social distancing and mask usage.

A review of campus has been completed, and each department working with Facilities and Human Resources, will make the determination on any necessary precautions. In some cases, this may mean a reduced number of employees working in an area to maintain a 6-foot distance between work areas, or a slight modification to equipment. Care must be taken with equipment that is shared between employees, such as common area printers, so they are cleaned before and after each use. All employees must share in these responsibilities.

Our primary concern is that everyone stays safe.  For this reason, we are requiring employees to take these daily steps:

  1. Before coming to work, employees must certify that their daily temperature is not above 100.4 degrees. Employees can go to Campus Safety before reporting to work to have their temperature taken.  Symptoms of COVID-19 are listed in the Reopening Safety Action Plan and should be observed. If an employee is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, Skidmore reserves the right to ask the employee to go home for the day to protect our employees. 
  2. Employees will be required to keep a log of everyone they are in contact with at less than 6-feet for 10 minutes or more. Each department will also be required to keep a daily log of visitors to the area. These logs will be critical in tracing contacts should someone become positive for COVID-19. 

The College is required to do so as part of Skidmore’s Reopening Safety Action Plan, which complies with New York state requirements. It is important for Skidmore to be able to contract trace in the event someone contracts the virus. In order to accurately develop a record of contacts for tracing, we need everyone to cooperate to ensure we can maintain a safe working environment for all.

Bathrooms will be cleaned daily. Occupancy will be limited to one person at a time in common area bathrooms.  

Common area occupancy will also be limited, and areas such as office kitchens will have plates and utensils removed. Also, common water sources (bottles) should not be used at this time. 

Although we know it is not always possible to stay on campus every day, we ask employees to bring their own food for meals, and we request they remain on campus during the workday. While this may seem onerous, our intention is to limit the chances of an employee contracting COVID-19 and to limit the campus from exposure to the virus as much as possible. 

Employees who are in high-risk groups or have underlying health conditions that place them at a higher risk should take great care in avoiding exposure. While on campus, that means always wearing a mask, avoiding common areas entirely and maintaining social distance.  

Employees who do not feel safe coming back to work at this time may be able to plan to continue working from home. We are sensitive to protecting information about anyone’s personal health situation. Anyone who feels they need an accommodation should contact Laura Goodwin in HR at We will do everything we can to work with individuals who need an accommodation to keep them safe and healthy. 

Recordings of the training sessions may be found on the Fall 2020 Reopening Planning website.