March 26, 2020

Spelman Faculty and Staff,

With Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' executive order, there has been some confusion about who should be working at home. Although colleges are classified as "essential businesses" under Mayor Bottoms' executive order, we write now to clarify Spelman’s stand on the issue of whether staff and faculty should be working on campus or from home.

We strongly urge anyone who can work at home to do so, despite the exception granted by the mayor. Why? All of the science-based guidance shared to date by public health experts shows that the most effective way to manage the spread of the coronavirus and "flatten the curve" (slow the pace of infection) is through the kind of physical distancing best achieved by staying at home. Our chief concern is your health and safety. We believe staying at home is the best way for our staff, faculty and students to maintain their health.

We recognize that as an educational enterprise some staff and/or faculty may need to come to campus for various reasons from time to time. Some staff and faculty have research projects that need tending. Others must provide essential services to the remaining 65 students on campus, or oversee essential operational equipment and maintenance tasks to keep the College running.

For those exceptions, we counsel those who come to campus to take every precaution to promote health and prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible and to do the following: maintain physical distancing, wash hands often, avoid touching unsanitized surfaces and avoid touching hands, nose and mouth. For all others, we ask that you work from home for the time being.

Please continue to visit the College's coronavirus update page for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Stay well,
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College

Sharon L. Davies, J.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spelman College


Office of the President
Phone: 404-270-5001

Fax: 404-270-5010

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