From the Provost: Support coming soon in response to JCPS fall plan

July 16, 2020 - Provost

Dear Cardinal Faculty and Staff,

We expect Jefferson County Public Schools soon to announce their plan to utilize Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) for some period of time this fall.

While we do not yet know the exact time frame of their plan, we understand that it will significantly affect the lives of many of our employees. We are developing guidelines for supervisors that will allow us to fulfill our mission, meet the needs of students and accommodate employees with school-age children wherever possible.

Please remember the federal emergency programs that are still available to assist employees: the Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA Expansion Act) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). Read the Program Guidelines and Temporary Leave Guidelines & Modification Requests for Staff documents to learn more about your eligibility.

As you know, the Registrar has already provided students a comprehensive update of the schedule for the fall term. Some faculty may wonder if they can change their classes to distance education or remote instruction in light of this news.  For now, the University intends to move forward with its current reopening plan as previously communicated. The Pivot to Fall planning committees will continue to monitor the situation, and the university is prepared to shift course if it becomes necessary at a later time. Any changes to this plan will be communicated to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Beth

Beth A. Boehm, PhD
Executive Vice President and University Provost