Dear Hiram College Community:
This afternoon, Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a “stay at home” order. The order, scheduled to take effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23 and last at least until Monday, April 6, mandates a broad-based shutdown of activity in the state. I have reviewed the order and consulted with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. Based on what I have heard, it appears that the operational modifications that are currently in place at the College are largely in compliance with the Governor’s orders. In a few cases, minor adjustments may need to be made by your supervisors. In those instances, impacted employees will be contacted ASAP.
As the situation unfolds and additional orders come down the pike, we may find it necessary to modify our operations yet again. At the current time, however, we will not be adjusting wholesale any of the items detailed in the campus updates sent to students, faculty, staff, and parents yesterday.
If you are one of the employees who has been working on-site due to the essential duties of your job, please check with your supervisor to see if your on-site duties remain intact as communicated last week, or if there are any changes to them over the next two weeks (or longer). For those employees who are permitted—via today’s order to come to campus—social distancing requirements, to the extent possible, remain in order.
Governor DeWine’s order explicitly allows for on-site work as follows:
- The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and carry out “exempted functions”, including the physical plant, campus security, payroll and employee benefits, and related functions.
- The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
- The minimum necessary to effectively manage other essential services, such as health activities; food provision and preparation; critical trades such electricians, janitors, security, HVAC, etc.; residential facilities; and professional services such as legal and accounting.
The order also allows for travel “to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services” as permitted.