Dear UNCG Community,
As you may have seen, there have been further restrictions across our state as part of the concerted public health effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, limiting interaction, and keeping as many people home as possible. Today Guilford County, Greensboro, and High Point issued a joint stay-at-home order. This is in addition to those previously announced around the state. Certainly, others are likely and broader statewide guidelines are also possible.
Generally speaking, these orders are designed to create a significant reduction in activity and keep people home as much as possible. For everyone: You should remain in your place of residence, leaving only for the essential reasons outlined in the order itself. There are exceptions. Per the announcement:
“Residents are allowed to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, health care appointments, and outdoor exercise, while exercising proper social distancing. Restaurants are permitted to offer take-out and delivery service.
All non-essential business and other operations for the City of Greensboro are required to cease in-person operations as well. The City’s Public Safety (Fire, Police, GM 911) entities will continue to operate without interruption, as will trash and recycling collections and water service.”
The orders go into effect Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. Please review the various orders for additional detail.
Higher education has been classified as essential. UNCG will remain open and operational as we have been, although non-essential services on campus are expected to be reduced, and we could continue to see changes to workforce policies and requirements. We will communicate specifics related to any HR implications of these orders as soon as we have them. Because of the action we have already taken, UNCG is prepared to adjust to these and future directives. Additionally:
- All students without a previously approved exception should now be off campus and should not return to campus unless specifically directed to do so.
- Online and remote delivery of classes will continue uninterrupted. Students should continue to follow the guidance of instructors on assignments. Faculty should consider the limitations on student movement, social distancing protocols, and access to materials in making assignments.
- Jackson LIbrary is now closed until further notice, with online services available as previously announced.
- Please refer to UNCG’s Keep Learning website for ongoing support and guidance as you transition to online learning.
- Unless you have received an exception to conduct essential research activities, you should not come to campus.
- Please refer to UNCG’s Keep Researching website for research-related guidance, exceptions, and up-to-date information.
- You may return to campus to retrieve items to enable you to continue work remotely.
- Please continue to review UNCG’s Keep Teaching website for updates, tools, and support.
- Only staff who work in functions designated by UNCG as essential should report to campus – and only if instructed by their supervisors to do so. All other employees should work remotely or be placed on COVID-19 Administrative Leave. Reminder: Employees who are teleworking should do so until further notice.
- Examples of essential employees include facility maintenance, police and public safety, critical research and student residence personnel.
- Employees performing administrative duties are expected to work remotely and restrict their campus presence to only specific activities necessary to enable remote work (e.g. picking up mail).
- All supervisors who previously designated employees as mandatory will be contacted by divisional leadership to review those designations again in light of this order.
- If you are unclear if your duties can be performed remotely, consult your supervisor directly.
- Human Resources will provide additional information to supervisors this week about other HR-related COVID-19 updates.
We realize that many of you are working remotely while trying to help care for your children and other family members, and we appreciate your efforts to help provide service to our faculty, staff, and students. Remember that the services of ComPsych, the provider of the University’s Employee Assistance Program, are available to you and your dependents at no charge. ComPsych has a number of resources available to help you and your family manage the impact of COVID-19.
Please monitor the NC Department of Health and Human Services for regular updates. Also please frequently check our dedicated coronavirus webpage, follow @UNCG social media channels, and download the UNCG Mobile app for your phone (see iTunes App store or the Google Play app store).