As most of you are aware, all schools in Monterey County, and public facilities and city programs in the City of Monterey are closed through the end of March. Furthermore, today Governor Newsom announced sweeping new restrictions on public gatherings in the state, and called for home isolation of high-risk populations in California, including those over the age of 65 and who suffer from chronic disease. We know that this evolving situation will present many challenges.
It may be difficult for you to work on-site at the Middlebury Institute campus during this period. We wanted to write immediately with a short-term approach while we take a few days to develop longer-term solutions this week.
While we are not requiring all staff at this time to work remotely, we are encouraging “teleworking” in this time of disruption and will be as accommodating as possible.
Those whose jobs can be done remotely, please consult with your manager to make this possible. We ask that you and your manager put a plan in place that anticipates any equipment or materials you will need to be up and running at home, if you have not done so already.
We recognize that some of you may be keeping your children at home as early as tomorrow. We encourage you to begin your remote working arrangement as soon as you can.
Those of you whose jobs require you to work on campus, and who will experience childcare challenges, please consult with your managers regarding possible shift changes, flexible schedules, or other ways that we may help you. We continue to expect people whose jobs require them to be on campus to come to work.
We are developing longer-term solutions around work and will share those with you later this week. As always things may change quickly.
Thank you for continuing the vital work of the Institute during this difficult time. We’re grateful for all that you are handling.
We will get through this together.
Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer
We are dealing with extraordinary circumstances, at the Institute—and the world—and how the staff have taken the lead to rally us as a community, showing remarkable resourcefulness, positivity, and professionalism, is deeply heartening.
As we all continue to navigate the rapidly changing situation around coronavirus, I wanted to reach out to you again with an update about our work together as we plan for the temporary suspension of classes and regular activities.