March 19, 2020
SDSU Community –
South Dakota State University leadership continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and work with state leadership to make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety.
Therefore, the South Dakota Board of Regents and member institutions have decided to continue its current staffing plan for the week of March 23-27.
Please note that nonessential employees will work remotely as directed by their supervisor, and essential employees will report to work on campus. Your status from nonessential to essential can change throughout the week as we continue to navigate this unprecedented path. SDSU will follow the recommendations from the State of South Dakota and public health authorities to determine if non-essential employees should return to campus after March 27.
Decisions pertaining to the university’s essential and non-essential staffing plan are being made on a weekly basis through discussions with state and BOR leadership.
Classes will resume online Monday, March 23. Faculty have been working this past week to prepare for the online delivery. Students are still encouraged to stay off campus, but food services and housing will be available to the few students who are currently in the residential halls and have not yet returned home.
Also, please review the following:
- Nonessential personnel are to work remotely and not come to campus. If a nonessential employee is unable to work remotely, those individuals will be granted administrative leave for the week.
- Essential personnel as designated by their supervisor and who need to work on campus shall report to work as scheduled. The policy on essential employees can be found online. If you have questions about your status, please continue to work through your immediate supervisor.
- SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station will continue to identify essential employees to be at all research farms and other locations throughout the state requiring animal care and measures to protect the integrity of research being conducted.
- Essential functions for research and functions necessary to preserve research assets and resources, to fulfill contractual obligations, and to protect human and animal health and safety will continue. Research resources and assets may include plants, cell lines and other resources and assets that might lose viability if not minimally maintained during a period with the campus having limited access.
Campus Activities and Events
On-campus events and visitor activities remain canceled through April 13.
The following SDSU facilities will remain closed until further notice: Wellness Center, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, the University Bookstore in the University Student Union, SDSU Dairy Bar and the Meat Lab store.
The Fishback Early Learning Center Preschool will also be closed. The kindergarten on campus is currently closed and it will continue to follow the schedule determined by the Brookings School District.
Please be assured university administration is continuing to work tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as we navigate this unprecedented situation that is very fluid and continues to change almost by the hour.
Members of the university’s Emergency Management Team will still meet daily and provide information and updates as they become available through the COVID-19 Response Team email. We are being as nimble and responsive as possible and understand you will have questions and concerns.
Please anticipate continued updates during the week through the COVID-19 website and the COVID-19 Response email address. Please direct any questions you may have to the COVID-19 email address as it helps us manage the information flow better.
Thank you for your continued efforts and support as we navigate this situation. You commitment to SDSU is appreciated and we thank you for all your hard work.
COVID-19 Response Team