The significant decline in the COVID-19 infection rates in the country has allowed for the resumption of most activities, including teaching and learning. Prof Stan Du Plessis, in his capacity as the chairperson of the Institutional Committee for Business Continuity (ICBC), indicated in his communication of 26 February 2021 that the decision was made to recall all students for the start of the first semester. He highlighted the Augmented Remote Learning, Teaching and Assessment model that will be implemented in line with the restrictions imposed on class sizes and activities in terms of legislation.
The learning and teaching model which has been adopted will require academic and professional academic support staff to return to a higher extent to our campuses. Line managers will liaise with staff regarding their return to campuses, and how this will take place. The return of staff will be managed in terms of Health and Safety directives issued by government that guide employers on the reintegration of staff to the workplace. These directions include social distancing measures and special measures to accommodate staff with comorbidities. These directives also provide for a process to deal with situations where staff refuse to return to the workplace.
We encourage you to visit the Human Resources website for a copy of the following documents:
The Occupational Health and Safety Directions of October 2020; and
the SU protocol which explains the procedure for dealing with a situation where an employee refuses to return to the workplace.
It is important that you familiarise yourself with these documents as it relates to health and safety in the workplace. Please do not hesitate to talk to line managers and our colleagues at Human Resources and Campus Health Services should you need more clarification.
(Updated 15 March 2021)