Dear Salem Academy and College Employees,
Thank you for your patience during this uncertain time. As you know, the Salem Task Force is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily to ensure that we communicate to you the most up to date information. Based on the latest recommendations from health experts and related mandates from local government agencies, we will be transitioning to a remote workforce as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for those employees who are able to work remotely. If you are uncertain if you can perform the essential functions of your job from home, please communicate your concerns with your immediate supervisor and head of your department. For essential personnel who are needed to remain on campus to provide support for students living on campus, you will receive additional guidance and direction from your supervisor.
To facilitate this process of temporarily transitioning to a remote workforce to the extent possible, we will use tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) as a “remote testing day.” Please be on the lookout for additional information from your direct supervisor regarding the manner in which your department will practice remote testing tomorrow. Academy and College Faculty, please watch for an email from Head of School Carol Killebrew (Academy) and Dean Susan Henking (College) regarding this and other matters. Please take time to ensure that you are able to access the software and programs that you need to be able to perform the essential functions of your job. If you run into technological problems, please reach out to your immediate supervisor and the IT department for assistance. We will provide updates to the FAQ for Employees with additional information regarding IT support during our remote workforce period.
As we will transition directly from a “remote testing day” to a temporary remote workforce, please be prepared to take with you when you leave today all items that you will need in order to work remotely. With this fast moving situation, even if you are currently on Spring Break, we encourage you to come to campus this week to retrieve the items that you may need in order to work remotely. If you are unable to come to campus this week to retrieve your items, we will provide an FAQ that explains the process we will ask you to follow in the interests of safety.
The direction provided in this message regarding our transition to a remote workforce (to the extent possible) supersedes the previous messaging stating that faculty and staff alike should contact the Director of Human Resources, Emily Young, or the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Richard Vinson, to seek approval prior to working from home. Please coordinate with your supervisor directly regarding remote work arrangements.
Remote working arrangements (for faculty and staff alike) will remain in place through the end of the remote learning period, Sunday, April 12, 2020. As of today, please plan to report for work on campus as of Monday, April 13, 2020. As the situation continues to evolve, the Task Force will update the COVID-19 page on the Salem Academy and College sites and send communication to you via Salem email as well as through the FAQ document for employees.
It is important that we work together, as a community, during this challenging time to ensure that the mission of our institution is met along with the needs of our students, employees and their families alike. Please know that we are all in this together. Be on the lookout later this afternoon for a survey from the Office of Human Resources requesting updated mobile and emergency contact information. It is critical that we know how to get in touch with you during this ever changing time.
During this period of remote work, please direct your questions to:
For matters pertaining to Human Resources, administrative or other leave, personnel, or benefits:
Emily Young, Director of Human Resources and Benefits
For matters pertaining to technology and online/virtual access:
Kris Kelley, Director of IT (via firstname.lastname@example.org)
For matters pertaining to payroll:
Debbie Sullivan, Payroll Manager
For matters pertaining to Academy faculty/remote learning or student affairs:
Carol Killebrew, Head of School
Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students
For matters pertaining to College faculty/remote learning:
Susan Henking, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College
Richard Vinson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
For matters pertaining to Fleer students:
Betty Telford, Interim Dean, Martha H. Fleer Center
For matters pertaining to graduate students:
Sheryl Long, Director of Teacher Education & Graduate Studies in Education
For matters pertaining to College student affairs:
Mindy Bliss, Dean of Students
For matters pertaining to the COVID-19 Task Force:
Erin Jones Adams, Associate Vice President for Administration and Title IX Coordinator