As Pepperdine continues to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and consider the recommendations set forth by state and local officials, the intention of the Emergency Operations Committee is to make decisions that will protect the health of the University community and their families. Today, California governor Gavin Newsom issued guidance calling for the home isolation of all individuals 65 years or older and those with chronic conditions. Additionally, many school districts surrounding our community have canceled classes, creating urgent childcare needs for some employees.
This guidance is in line with the University’s previous recommendations, including telecommuting for those older than 60, pregnant, autoimmune compromised, or those living with someone who is vulnerable. The University continues to strongly encourage these recommendations.
For all other employees, the University urges supervisors to be as flexible as possible with those expressing an interest to telecommute and those whose work can be effectively done remotely. This evaluation must be done while acknowledging the balance of serving our students and accomplishing necessary work. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring their departments remain functional while we continue to have a large but diminishing number of students on our campuses. Utilizing critical support personnel to handle essential on-campus responsibilities will be important in these times.
Recognizing this is a dynamic public health emergency, additional adjustments to this plan will occur, and employees can expect further communications as we continue to implement plans with your well-being in mind. Human Resources is available to assist in this period of transition.