Yesterday, at about 3:30 pm, all UGA presidents were notified of the following by the University System of Georgia: “Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.”
EGSC, as directed by the USG, immediately announced temporary suspension of instruction for two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. EGSC has not closed any of its three campuses. We are working intensely to develop a plan which will encourage teleworking by as many EGSC employees as possible beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Our campuses remain open and a core of employees will continue working on campus to keep the campuses running.
As indicated in the above directive from the USG, the next two weeks will require intense work and dedication by all of us to do what the USG has directed: assure that we are fully prepared to offer all of our courses fully online for a continued period of time following this two week suspension of instruction should that be necessary; and assure that our business continuity plan enables us to continue operating during any continued suspension of instruction.
This means that many of you will be doing this work remotely and some of you will be doing this work on campus over the next two weeks. However, all of us will need to contribute to assure that we are prepared for the period following this temporary suspension of instruction. I thank each and every one of you in advance for the hard work and dedication which the next two weeks will require.
As soon as possible, each of your supervisors will be reaching out to you with instructions about what needs to be done over the next two weeks; and whether that work will be done remotely or on campus.