Jan. 7, 2022: IMPORTANT COVID Update - Telework Extended

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the continued uptick in COVID-19 cases in Maryland, the majority of UMSON employees should continue to telework full time through Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, with the following being in effect:

  1. Didactic instruction should be delivered virtually from Monday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Feb. 4. Experiential (e.g., simulation) and clinical/practicum experiences will continue to be in person with faculty, staff, and students using appropriate personal protective equipment. See the email that will be sent to UMSON students later today.
  2. Faculty who are overseeing experiential and/or clinical/practicum experiences should prioritize posting instructions for student in-person attendance in Blackboard (e.g., dates and times). This information should be provided at least one week in advance; to allow students sufficient time to make needed arrangements.
  3. Course Blackboard sites should be available for students to access by Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the latest. The required information for a course to open is faculty information, syllabus, welcome announcement, and course schedule.
  4. Course directors and others should have contingency plans in place for course and learning activities coverage if faculty or staff members are ill and cannot deliver course content or oversee experiential or clinical experiences.

Some UMSON employees will need to be on site between now and Monday, Feb. 7, and should discuss with their supervisors if they have questions about being on campus. Employees are permitted to be in the UMSON building in Baltimore to pick up supplies or to do assigned work that requires being physically present.

Everyone is required to wear KN95 masks while on UMB's campus or at an off-campus location (including USG) occupied by UMB community members. In addition, please schedule your COVID-19 booster as soon as possible to further minimize risk; please be sure your booster is recorded in UMB’s COVID-19 portal. Finally, if you are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, please do not come to campus.

If you have questions, please reach out to me or to your supervisor. Thank you for all you are doing to support the work of UMB and UMSON during these challenging times.

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Bill and Joanne Conway Dean, Professor