From the Dean's Desk – June 4, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

Time marches on and we now have a clearer picture of how our community will return to campus: it will be in stages. First, in June, those researchers and staff who must be on-campus in order to perform research will return. To be clear, this set does not include all researchers in the College of Computing, and those of us who can do our work from home will continue to do so.
On the other side of mid-June and into July, we will start bringing back staff who support student services in order to get ready for the coming academic year.  There may be other staff asked to return to campus during this phase based on specific circumstances and areas of responsibility as well.  Those employees will be notified; everyone else should continue to work from home until notified otherwise.  We may also use split work (working part-time on campus and part-time at home)  as a part of our return to campus.

Each stage of the return to campus is going to be complicated. As you know, we have literally hundreds of questions to answer, some big, some small, all important. Please know that the College is working with the Institute and with local and state health officials to answer those questions.  

In everything I’ve said above and in what I’ll say in the future, there is an important caveat: safety comes before all plans. For example, if you’re scheduled to return to campus, but you’re in a high-risk group (or you care for someone who is), let your supervisor know right away. We will consider alternate arrangements wherever possible. Beyond that, if the situation goes pear shaped in any way, the Institute will adjust accordingly.
So with all of that in mind, I’d like to ask you to pay close attention to college communications in the coming days. Making sure that everyone is on the same page is the first step toward making sure everyone is safe.  We need your support and understanding with the impending return to campus guidelines established by the Institute broadly and the College in particular.  Again, if you have any concerns as we move forward, please reach out to your supervisor.

Let us stay safe together.

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

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