Information for Mills Faculty & Staff

UPDATED 9.8.21

We are pleased to have reopened the Mills campus to our community and the general public as of August 1, 2021. Mills has had very few COVID-19 cases on our campus since the pandemic began due to the consistent and conscientious efforts of students, faculty, and staff. Thanks to the effectiveness and adoption of vaccines in the State of California, we have fewer restrictions on our work and our lives.

What You Can Expect

  • All faculty and staff were required to be fully vaccinated by August 9, 2021 or to have requested an exemption before returning to campus. (Students needed to be vaccinated by August 16, 2021.)
  • You no longer have to show a daily health pass at the front gate.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Check with your healthcare provider as needed.
  • All individuals—vaccinated and unvaccinated—are required to wear a mask when indoors until further notice. For student accessibility needs, faculty may wear Mills-issued face shields when teaching and during office hours.
  • All individuals also must wear a mask outdoors when within 6 feet of another person, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should notify benefits@mills.edu immediately.

What's Open at Mills?

When we first return to campus, not all facilities may be open. Please check our what's open at Mills web page for the latest information.

Protecting Yourself & Others

Please review the College's health and safety guidelines page to understand the full scope of the protocols we all need to follow when on campus. To support Mills staff, the Human Resources Office has developed detailed COVID-19-related policies and best practices which are housed on the intranet.

Air Quality & In-Person Courses

While opening classroom doors and windows to improve ventilation helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19, smoky air due to wildfires poses its own challenge. At Mills, we monitor the air quality using the PurpleAir sensor on campus which allows you to see Air Quality Index (AQI) readings in real time. Should the AQI reach certain ranges, in-person classes may need to be modified or move online temporarily. The College's Digital Learning team can support you in determining the best way to move your course online when needed. Contact the team at dlt@mills.edu.

AQI Below 150 Courses should run as usual in their planned modality.
AQI in the 150–200 range This range is considered "unhealthy," which means that people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and everyone should also reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. No classes should be held outdoors. Indoor classes can be held as usual, however faculty and students who have respiratory issues may prefer to stay home at this time. If you are teaching in-person courses and need to stay at home due to health concerns, please work with your department head to make alternative arrangements for your classes: either teaching remotely, or providing asynchronous work to make up the lost class time. Masks can be made available for people who are on campus.
AQI in the 201–300 range This range is considered "very unhealthy." All in-person course activities should move to an online format where possible or asynchronous work should be assigned. Physical education classes, dance, and other movement classes will need to shift to a virtual format or cancel. Employees should work from home where possible, and any employee who cannot work from home should contact their supervisor for support. Take precautions to minimize the impact of wildfire smoke, such as keeping windows and doors closed. In addition, the CDC provides in-depth information on how to protect yourself from the effects of wildfire smoke. 

Vaccination Requirement

As first announced in May, all Mills faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last dose of your COVID-19 vaccine. Mills faculty and staff were required to provide proof of vaccination by August 9, 2021, and receive a confirmation email before returning to campus. If you do not have a photo or scan of your vaccination card and were vaccinated in California, you can sign up to receive a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record from the State of California that can be submitted instead.

Mills Employee Vaccination Form

If you need to request an immunization exemption for medical or religious reasons, you will find the exemption request PDFs in the employee vaccination form. You will be able to submit your completed request using the same form. Please review the exemption PDF before the deadline to ensure that you and your healthcare provider have time to complete it prior to your return to campus.

We recognize that some members of our community will not be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons. While most have completed the immunization documentation process, we must remain vigilant with our masking, social distancing, and good hygiene practices to protect the entire Mills community. All employees and students who are not fully vaccinated are required to complete weekly testing for the COVID-19 virus.

Testing

Beginning the week of August 30, those who received vaccine exemptions are required to be tested weekly. They are strongly encouraged to use external testing sites such as City Health or a local pharmacy. The test results must be provided to benefits@mills.edu by 5:00 pm Pacific every Friday for tracking purposes.

Remote Work

Some employees may continue to work remotely on an occasional, part-time, or full-time basis as determined by the job function and the needs of individual departments. Please work with your supervisor and/or College Officer on any requests for remote work.

Questions?

Mills students, faculty, and staff can visit our COVID-19 information pages on the intranet for previous communications and FAQs. If you have additional specific COVID-19 questions, email questions@mills.edu.