COVID-19 Update to Faculty and Staff (March 27)

The following message was sent on March 27, 2020.

When officials with the City of Springfield issued a stay-at-home ordinance a few days ago, President Smart sent an email to employees on the Springfield campus outlining the process and introducing a new policy and updated benefits. 

An MSU Alert went out today announcing the stay-at-home ordinance issued by the City of West Plains, effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

Now that Missouri State-West Plains is under a stay-at-home order, the same processes and policies apply to our faculty and staff. You were provided links to this information in an earlier email, but we wanted to send it to you again in email form to make sure the information was clearly communicated now that Missouri State-West Plains is facing some of the same challenges. 

Below is the information from President Smart’s message that is relevant to Missouri State-West Plains employees:

  • All employees who are able to work from home must do so immediately.
  • Some employees who cannot work from home will temporarily transition to other duties.

Critical workers (including health care workers, public safety, financial services, maintenance, custodial, and other employees designated by the university) will still be required to be on campus to support critical infrastructure. We’ll do everything we can to ensure their safety.

Employees who need to work on campus to ensure continuity of operations will be notified by their supervisor.

Because of the many changes, some employees will not have work they can complete from home. We will try to find meaningful tasks for as many employees as possible.

For employees who simply don’t have work to complete from home or alternative duties during this time, you will continue to receive 2/3 of your salary and full benefits through May 31. This will be re-evaluated throughout the next 30 days to see whether it can be extended.

Updates to benefits

We have also expanded several employee benefits.

Family and Medical Leave Act can now be used in some cases when an employee can’t work because of lack of childcare.

The Emergency Paid Leave Policy has been expanded to include all full- and part-time employees.

The COVID-19 Work and Compensation Policy includes more details.

I know these are extremely stressful times. We’re doing everything we can as a university to protect the physical and financial health of all of our employees.

Thank you for all you do.

Clifton M. Smart III
President