Published on March 15, 2020 at 12 p.m.  

Fellow Employees,

As I write this email, I know that all of you are grappling with the immense challenges facing our local, national, and global community.  Samford is committed to maintaining the university’s operations while keeping our community healthy and safe.  Based on new guidance from the CDC suggesting sustained community spread and widespread global transmission of COVID-19, Samford employees should begin working from home on Tuesday, March 17.  On Monday evening we will lock the gates and will only allow essential personnel on campus. Supervisors will notify essential personnel of their roles.   

All employees should report to work as usual on Monday and should work with their supervisor to determine a plan for fulfilling job responsibilities remotely.  The university is not closed; our operations, instruction and student support must continue.  Payroll will proceed as usual and employees will be expected to maintain normal productivity, as best we can, so that we may continue to serve our students well.  If you have childcare issues or are in a high risk category (older adults or those with serious chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease) you should communicate with your supervisor if you are unable to report Monday.  We will work with you on arrangements, but please do not bring children to campus on Monday.

Human Resources will be sharing the details of remote operations with supervisors later today, but it is important that you begin thinking through your individual plan now.  If you have technology needs, please be sure your supervisor is aware as soon as possible.  Technology Services needs to know this information.  The provost’s office will provide faculty with more information about continuity of instruction assistance.

Finally, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, remember that social distancing is imperative.  This means you should remain out of congregate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain approximately 6 feet between yourself and others when possible. If you have recently traveled to a CDC level 3 risk for COVID-19 area, you are not allowed to return to campus until you have completed a 14 day self-quarantine.  Please report any such circumstances by email to covid19info@samford.edu or your supervisor.

The health and safety of our students and employees continues to be our top priority.  My prayers are with each of you, and I am grateful for your cooperation during this unprecedented time.  Let’s all join our country in prayer on this National Day of Prayer.

Best…Buck

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