Dear Staff and Faculty:
We have been working on a detailed communication and set of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ) that is scheduled to go out on Monday, March 16, related to the anticipated impacts on our employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and our plans to alter the campus schedule over the next weeks.
Given the announcement late Friday, March 13, that Tompkins County has declared a state of emergency, which will result in the closure of public schools in the county and potentially other services in the future, we wanted to send a brief message in the interim. The school districts will be communicating directly with families regarding their closures.
Our communication on Monday will include initial information and resources about working remotely, as we continue to develop plans for departments and units to implement remote work policies and procedures for the majority of college operations not directly supporting the small group of students remaining on campus. Those policies will also identify the core essential employees who will be required to work on campus during the extended spring break and period of remote instruction.
We understand that this unexpected news of school closings will create disruption for many of our employees. We want you to know that you have our full support as we work through these issues together, so you do not have to face the sudden option of having to choose between the needs of job and family.