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Dear colleagues,

Change, resilience and flexibility seem to be the markers of our current environment. With the recent announcements of online schooling for most K-12 students in the area, I’m sure many of you are brainstorming ways to make this a successful fall for you and your children.  

If you find yourself in this situation, please know that VCU is prepared to support you during this time. We encourage you and your manager to think flexibly about how your work is best performed, how the job is structured, how the work of the team is organized, and what kind of changes may be made to support you and your colleagues at this time, while maintaining effective departmental operations.  

In general, options currently available include:

  • FFCRA and personal leave for either initial positioning of your children for learning success (first couple of weeks of the school year), or daily support of your children’s learning
  • Schedule changes to days worked, including, as applicable, evening and weekend work
  • Schedule changes to hours worked, for example, working from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and then from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Restructured jobs to support telework or weekend hours
  • Reorganized team operations and work schedules
  • Reduced schedule (i.e. reducing from 40 to 32 hours/week)

A full listing of existing options and what they look like when applied may be found on the HR return to campus page under “resources for working parents at VCU.” Your HR professional is positioned to assist in these conversations, if needed. As a reminder, an FAQ list covering topics like virus exposure, quarantine information, and caring for someone with COVID-19 is found on the HR COVID-19 page.

As a premier public research university, we are fortunate to have resources and expertise right here at VCU, including our nationally-ranked School of Education. We encourage you to review the #SOESupportsYou Campaign, where SOE faculty share advice and strategies on how to achieve success with your child’s virtual learning during this time. 

We would also like to hear from you regarding what else the university can do to support VCU working parents, while continuing to provide excellence in education to our VCU students. Please take 5 minutes to complete a brief survey to help leadership determine what further actions are needed to support employees who are parents and guardians of K-12 children.

Best wishes,

Cathleen C. Burke
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University