Earlier this week, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that staff at all state agencies have been strongly encouraged to telework between Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 as a measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Augusta University encourages managers to allow employees who have been identified as telework eligible to work remotely when possible between Monday, Dec. 21, and Friday, Jan. 1.
Since residence halls will open for returning students on Monday, Jan. 4, employees will be expected to resume normal operations at that time. The above does not apply to university employees involved in patient care duties where on-site presence is required, and these employees should follow their existing schedule.
Anyone who must come to campus is asked to follow all established safety practices. Since employees are allowed to report to work during this time, non-closure emergency leave will not be utilized. Previously scheduled leave should continue as planned, including any departmental holiday office closings that have already been approved.
While teleworking or taking leave over the break, please remember the 3 Ws:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands frequently
- Watch your distance and avoid congregating in groups
Please stay home if feeling ill, and follow the AU established protocols if positive, symptomatic or exposed as it relates to isolation and quarantine, as well as public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health. Find AU’s latest COVID-19 updates and resources here.
All Georgians are asked to follow the guidance in Kemp’s executive orders to slow the spread of the virus until vaccines become widely available. Let’s all have a safe holiday! Please contact Human Resources with questions.