COVID-19 Update RE: Gov. Ivey’s stay-at-home order

Dear Judson Community,

In keeping with Governor Ivey’s statewide Stay-at-Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020,  Judson has expanded the number of its employees who will work from home due to their residing in a high impact county or needing to be available for their immediate family.  Every effort is being made to position these employees to be productive during this time of limited travel and reduced public interaction.  Judson has extended Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) provisions in keeping with federal orders for those employees who are off campus and whose employment responsibilities cannot be accomplished remotely.

Governor Ivey’s statewide health order states, “A person may leave his or her place of residence to perform work at ‘essential businesses and operations’  . . . to perform essential work related activities as follows:

  • Work-related activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment, corporation or other organization, such as managing inventory, ensuring security, and processing payroll and employee benefits;
  • Work-related activities to enable people to work or shop remotely from their residences or to allow people to buy products through drive-by, curbside, or door to-door delivery; or
  • Work-related activities that do not require any regular interaction within six feet of another person.”

Accordingly, Judson will continue to offer its educational programs via alternate delivery as per earlier decisions.  Judson employees will work from home if directed by their individual supervisor.  Personnel from the office of the president, business office, alumnae affairs, enrollment, marketing, and student life, who are not directed by their supervisor to work from home, will continue to report for duty on Monday, April 6.  All maintenance, housekeeping, and security personnel will continue to report for duty on April 6 as well.

It is vital that all Judson personnel obey both the letter and spirit of the Governor’s statewide health order.  As stated on Friday, April 3, honoring the government as an authority established by God (Romans 13:1) is every Christian’s duty and Judson is more than willing to do her part.  ALL PERSONNEL reporting for essential duty beginning Monday April 6 MUST ALWAYS maintain a six-foot distance from co-workers.  There is to be no exception to this requirement of the Governor’s statewide health order.

Thank you for your continued efforts.  These are unusual and difficult times for Judson, higher education, Alabama, these United States, and our world.  Please keep your focus on the details of your duties, on the recruitment of our incoming class, on the retention of current students, and the greater reality that ours is a Christian calling.  Join with me in remembering the words of Paul in Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.”

Sincerely and respectfully,

Mark Tew, Th.D.