University President Darryll J. Pines sent the following email to all staff and faculty this morning:
The past year has been like no other in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every one of us, both personally and professionally. Recognizing that this pandemic has taken a very real toll on every member of our community, I announce today that we will provide two additional university holidays to our faculty and staff from March 18-19.
This year, as a token of our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the collective work our faculty and staff have done to maintain and advance the University of Maryland, faculty and staff will now be provided with a full week of spring recess from March 15-19. I am in awe of all of you, and it is my hope that this much-deserved break will prove restful and rejuvenating.
Additional information and details about this extra administrative leave will be shared by University Human Resources shortly.
There will be no classes held during this time period, though some residence halls will remain open. Last week, you heard directly from Dr. Marinopoulos with important reminders about testing requirements and travel guidelines. We expect everyone in our community to continue to follow this guidance and our 4 Maryland protocols. With the hard work and diligence of our community, we can keep our positivity rate low and continue to work toward the semblance of normalcy that we all crave.
Some staff members will need to continue to work throughout the spring recess to maintain campus operations and support services. Supervisors are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with staff over the break to minimize work hours as much as possible. I would like to offer a special thank you to those who work during the break; your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
Again, please accept my heartfelt thanks for everything you do for the University of Maryland.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland
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