Dear EGSC faculty and staff,
Earlier this week, I sent you information about the Governor's extension of his Executive Order concerning wholly online instruction by all USG institutions (See my message prior to this to Faculty/Staff and the first attachment below). That Executive Order extended wholly online instruction through Maymester semester and Summer Semester 2020. That order included plans (subject to change) to resume normal instruction at the beginning of fall semester 2020.
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Kemp issued another Executive Order (the second attachment below). That Order includes an implementation of a State-wide shelter in Place directive. That Order goes into effect today (Friday, 4/3/2020) at 6 PM.
The Governor's Shelter in Place Order contains an exception for Critical Infrastructure. As stated in a letter yesterday from the USG:
"...One exception includes Critical Infrastructure. The USG and constituent entities are considered Critical Infrastructure to the extent to which they are “educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing” and “[w]orkers in animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories … in institutions of higher education.”
Thus, USG institutions can continue distance learning and performing other essential functions [and] USG faculty, staff ... can conduct Necessary Travel for these purposes.
Furthermore, as USG entities are included as Critical Infrastructure for the purposes identified above, when there are necessary in-person operations, such Critical Infrastructure entities shall implement measures that mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 among its workforce. These mitigation efforts include but are not limited to the 16 items identified on pages five and six of the attached Order and apply to USG entities when conducting in-person operations..."
Accordingly, EGSC will continue to offer all of its courses wholly online this semester, Maymester and Summer Semester. Also, a very small number of EGSC employees performing "essential functions" will continue to work on campus as needed when they are specifically authorized by the appropriate vice president or campus director. "Essential" does not include individuals who want to be on campus due to convenience or other nonessential reasons.
That vice president or campus director will provide each of those authorized individuals with a letter each week verifying that they are authorized to come to campus to perform essential functions. This will enable the employees to keep with them a copy of the letter when traveling to and from campus (along with their EGSC identification card and other appropriate identification, such as a driver's license). These letters may not be transferred to any other person and may be used only for travel to and from campus.
I will keep you up-to-date as we receive further guidance and as the situation changes.
Thank you for all you are doing to maintain our outstanding learning environment during these unprecedented and challenging times. You are appreciated.