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Message from the Dean - coronavirus update for Staff

Dear Colleagues,
 
Following on from my message to you all yesterday*, I want to assure you that your well-being continues to be my priority. I will be hosting a virtual townhall tomorrow for all of staff and faculty and you will receive an invitation shortly with the time and joining instructions.
 
I will be talking to you about the School’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and you will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance and during. I am keen to hear your concerns.
For now, below are updates regarding the future operation of the School in response to the continued escalation of the situation globally and what it means for you.
 
Business continuity plans
The School has two plans in place, one that will enable us to continue to operate under current conditions and one that covers us in the event of forced closures affecting our London campus. Currently, the London campus remains open and we are introducing temporary measures to ensure we are safeguarding your wellbeing. At this stage, we have identified two groups of roles:
• Roles that can be performed from home
• Roles that have to be performed on campus
 
What this means for you
You will be told by your Line Manager/Head of Department in the next 24 hours which of these groups your role falls into and your Line Manager/Head of Department will discuss the specifics of your situation with you.
If your role can be performed from home, you will be able to start working remotely from Friday, 13 March 2020. 
If your role has to be performed on campus, from Friday, 13 March 2020, you can amend your start and end working hours to avoid peak hours, provided you work your standard contractual hours.
 
If you are pregnant or have an underlying medical condition that makes you feel concerned for your health, and your role must be performed on campus, please talk to your Line Manager as soon as possible. They will work with you to make alternative working arrangements wherever possible.
 
If you are a carer and are needed at home at this time due to your caring responsibilities, and your role must be performed on campus, you are also asked talk to your Line Manager as a matter of urgency. Your Line Manager will also work with you to make alternative working arrangements wherever possible.
 
As the situation progresses, it may also be necessary to reallocate you from your normal role to carry out other duties on a temporary basis. Your line manager will discuss this with you if and when necessary.
No doubt you have a lot of questions upon reading this. I have included a link to our FAQs from the People team. Please read through this carefully and escalate any related questions you have to your Line Manager or Head of Department.
 
Your Head of Department will update you with further details on how you may be affected by these announcements.
 
Warmly,
François
 
*You can read previous messages from the Dean on the coronavirus situation here