Update for Faculty, Staff: Remote-Work Schedules, Plans for Fall Semester

Apr 30, 2020

A message from Florida Southern President Anne B. Kerr 

April 30, 2020

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to Florida Southern College’s mission and the success of our students. You will hear me say this repeatedly, but I am convinced we have an academic community that is second to none.

We will continue to forge ahead with our ability to pivot when needed and still exceed our goals.

I know many of you have questions about the College following Governor DeSantis’s announcement yesterday about Florida’s plans to reopen.

Until we announce otherwise, the College’s current remote-work schedule remains in effect. Please talk with your supervisor if you have questions about your status.

Our guiding principle throughout this crisis has been making decisions that are in the best interests of our students, faculty, staff, and College. While other institutions have announced layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts, we have thus far avoided those difficult decisions. 

To maximize flexibility, we have decided to move the first day of fall semester classes to September 1. Classes were previously scheduled to begin August 18.

While this change means there will be no fall break, we believe the change is necessary to allow for a smooth start to the semester. We are revising the fall start date — as are colleges and universities across the country — to allow time for more normal activities to resume.

We are planning for traditional instruction this fall, conditions permitting.

In May, we will share plans to gradually bring faculty and staff back to campus. We will begin with essential employees, those whose activities must primarily take place on campus. Those who can effectively work from home will continue to do so as we slowly begin implementing our “new normal” campus operations.

FSC is researching how to ensure the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and visitors as we gradually re-open campus. We are developing plans for social distancing and the use of safety measures such as masks and hand sanitizers.

When those plans are ready, we will share them with you.

In the meantime, please talk with your supervisor about questions concerning your work and personal circumstances. A “one-size-fits-all” approach is not possible in this situation; thus, I have directed that we work individually with faculty and staff to ensure work is completed effectively and safely.

I cannot say it too often or too loudly: I am so proud and appreciative of your work during this pandemic. A crisis tests the values an institution holds dear. I can say, unequivocally, that Florida Southern is passing this test because of you.

Your focus on the success and well-being of students and each other has been remarkable. Thank you for all that you have done, and all that you will do, to keep our College moving forward.

Go Mocs!

Most sincerely,

Dr. Anne Kerr