All Temple University employees not deemed as essential by their supervisor should stay home and work remotely until further notice amid the spread of COVID-19, the university announced Monday.
The meaning of “essential employees” is not limited to the definition in Temple’s employee manual or those that the university has historically designated as such, according to the announcement.
Employees who support the continued operations of the university, perform critical research or provide direct services to students remaining on campus may have to continue to come to work, according to the announcement.
“Each manager should assess which functions are critical and must continue, which employees must perform those functions and whether those functions must be performed on campus,” wrote President Richard Englert and Provost JoAnne Epps in the announcement.
The directive is in line with the City of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania’s mandate that all non-essential businesses close. There are eight cases of COVID-19, a strain of coronavirus, in Philadelphia.