Information for Staff

Important Resources for Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

New York is using a phased approach to the distribution of vaccines. The state entered Phase 1b of vaccinations on January 11, 2021 and is prioritizing vaccinations for certain groups within eligible Phase 1b groups. If the state is able to secure an increased vaccine allocation from the federal government, vaccine distribution will be adjusted accordingly and this entry will be updated. For more information and to check and see if you are eligible, please visit the New York state vaccine information website. For information about New York City's vaccine distribution, please go here.
 
Currently eligible (as of 1/12):
  • ​Higher education faculty who are teaching in person (or who will once the semester starts)
  • Educators and staff at the P-12 level (including student teachers) - this includes staff/faculty and student teachers at the College’s Early Childhood Center.
  • All individuals who are 65 years or older
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised
  • All healthcare workers
With the exception of the above bullets, higher education faculty and staff will be included in Phase 1b, but not immediately. These groups are being considered “essential workers” not “education workers” by the state and additional categories of essential workers will continue to be added to the Phase 1b eligibility over the coming weeks. To check eligibility and to make a vaccination appointment, please complete this form (please note that this form will be updated as additional groups of people are added to the eligibility list). Individuals can also call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).  
 
Prior to receiving the vaccination, individuals must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form and bring with them proof of eligibility to the vaccination site. This may include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. As a reminder, the College has published COVID-19 related guidance for spring 2021, which is available here.

How will the College’s change in on-campus operations affect staff?

While much of Sarah Lawrence’s coursework will be conducted online this semester, with the majority of students residing off-campus, it will be essential that all campus offices are appropriately staffed to support students who are on campus (in residence or commuting) and those who are learning remotely. Offices will also need to be sufficiently staffed to ensure continued operation of campus activities and College business.

Staffing plans for individual offices will be communicated via supervisors.

I have underlying health conditions  that make me more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications. What are my options for the fall?

Staff who are at higher risk for complications due to COVID-19 infection, or who live with someone at greater risk, are encouraged to contact the office of Human Resources to request an accommodation, including the ability to work remotely this semester, or to request a leave of absence if remote work is not an option.

What kinds of work arrangements can I expect this fall?

With the intent of reducing campus density during peak times, the College will continue to permit some staff to work remotely for part or all of their regular schedule. Telework arrangements will be permitted on a case-by-case basis, as approved by supervisors, senior staff, and the office of Human Resources. Offices will also develop staffing plans that ensure appropriate and safe on-campus coverage levels by implementing staggered shifts and rotating telework arrangements as appropriate. 

What types of policies will be in place for staff who work on campus this fall?

All faculty/staff who work on campus this fall will be required to adhere to policies and procedures in the Faculty/Staff Spring 2021 Return to Campus Guide. These guidelines and policies promote the physical well-being of the entire campus community.

All faculty and staff who are returning to work on campus this spring must submit an acknowledgment of having received and reviewed this guide.