UMD extends telework guidance for employees until after April 10

The University of Maryland Main Administration Building on March 26, 2020. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

University of Maryland employees who aren’t scheduled to report to the campus should continue teleworking after April 10, the university’s human resources department announced Monday, extending guidelines initially detailed in March.

Employees who cannot telework and are not needed to report to the campus for all or some of the hours they are typically scheduled to work will be provided with administrative leave — or another type of leave — until at least the end of the semester, University Human Resources wrote in a message to faculty and staff.

In the time since the university’s previous telework guidance, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order, directing state residents to only leave home for essential jobs and reasons, such as obtaining food or medication, seeking urgent medical attention or other necessary purposes.

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Essential employees at this university include people conducting research related to COVID-19, and those caring for animals and offering support for students still on the campus, according to the department’s message.

“We want you to stay home, telework if you can, and practice social distancing,” read the message, written by university human resources assistant vice president Jewel Washington.“I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to receive new guidance and implement measures that put the health and safety of our community first.”

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