West Plains issues Stay-at-Home Order (March 27)

The City of West Plains issues stay-at-home order

The following message was sent on March 27, 2020.
The stay at home order was extended until May 3.

Today, officials with the City of West Plains issued a stay-at-home order effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

The university has already taken steps for employees who can perform their jobs remotely to work from home. We will now transition the majority of employees to a work-from-home arrangement and move many services online.

As part of the MSU System, the West Plains campus will follow the steps taken by Missouri State University in Springfield when a similar ordinance was issued on March 24 for Springfield and Greene County. That process is outlined in Wednesday’s message from President Clif Smart, including updated benefits and a new COVID-19 Work and Compensation Policy. Faculty and staff will receive an email later today with more details. 

The delivery of our courses online and in alternative delivery formats will start as planned on Monday, March 30. An email will go out later today to students providing information on academic issues, support services, etc. 

Many campus services will continue to be available, but through email, phone or other online options. Updated information on how to contact Missouri State-West Plains faculty and staff during the stay-at-home order will be posted soon to the campus operations webpage.

Most campus buildings will be closed. The Lybyer computer lab will remain open only for students who need to use the computers to complete their online assignments. The lab will be monitored for social distancing and no more than 10 people will be allowed in the lab at a time. Shannon Hall on the Mountain Grove campus will be closed, except for the computer lab with the same restrictions mentioned above. 

While this was not our plan for the second half of the semester, let’s continue to support and encourage one another as we navigate these changes. Also, we need to follow the stay-at-home guidelines to keep our faculty, staff, students and the West Plains community safe and to enable us to return to campus in the fall semester.