College implements employee telecommuting procedures

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 17, 2020

Thank you all for continuing to fulfill your responsibilities as faculty and staff to keep the College moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to extraordinary circumstances, we are operating in a new normal. One thing that remains unchanged is our allegiance to students.

In light of the escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee and Shelby County, and Centers for Disease Control announcement limiting social distancing to ten individuals or less, the College is implementing new measures regarding working remotely or telecommunicating. These measures fall outside of the College’s telecommunicating policy.

This does NOT mean that the College is not operating. It means that the number of employees physically working at College locations will be strategically reduced to minimize the spread of infectious disease, while maintaining an acceptable level of service to the community.

College leaders have identified three groups of employees who will be notified by their supervisors of their work status Tuesday, March 17, to take effect Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, April 5. All employees will resume normal work locations and schedules Monday, April 6.

Employee eligibility for telecommuting:

  • Those who need to work on campus,
  • Those who can perform their duties remotely according to the telecommuting policy and
  • Those who cannot perform their duties remotely, and whose services are not specifically needed for the College to continue scaled down operations.

Regarding College operations, here are the priorities:

  • Teaching and learning: all classes will resume online as scheduled March 23.
  • Student Services: Libraries, computer labs, academic support, admissions and financial aid services will be ongoing
  • Fiscal operations, safety and facilities:  Payroll, accounts payable, human resources, public safety and custodial services will be fully operational.

Please refer to the comprehensive Scoop Special Report you received Friday, March 13 that specifically explains the College’s operations procedures going forward.

In addition, in an effort to minimize the transmission of COVID-19, the College has canceled all scheduled events, regardless of the number of anticipated participants, through May 31.

I urge you to stay abreast of developments by monitoring your email and the College’s website and social media channels (@SouthwestTN on Twitter and Facebook) and to sign up for RAVE, the College’s emergency communications system that sends alerts via text and email.

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