Following the guidelines set by the City of Joplin and Missouri Governor Mike Parson, the Missouri Southern State University campus will open for business to staff, students and visitors on Monday, May 11. This includes Admissions, Financial Aid, Campus Recreation, Spiva Library and the Lion Cub Academy.
· Staff are to return to work as scheduled on Monday, May 11, utilizing summer hours – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
· Student employees are eligible to return to work on Monday, May 11, pending approval of the appropriate vice president. The last date of pay for student workers who are not working will be May 8.
· Staff who are hesitant to return to work because they believe they fall into one of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) exemptions should contact both their supervisor and Evan Jewsbury, director of human resources, and submit an MSSU COVID-19 FMLA Request Form with corresponding documentation to HR as soon as possible.
· Following the governor’s orders, staff and visitors should practice social distancing and are reminded to wash their hands frequently and utilize hand sanitizer stations.
· Facemasks are not mandatory. Faculty and staff who wish to wear one should provide their own. If faculty and staff do not have access to a face mask, they should contact a Staff Senate representative for information on how to receive a complimentary face mask.
· Custodial staff are present on campus this week to thoroughly clean buildings in preparation for staff’s return on Monday.
Missouri Southern continues to partner with regional and national health officials and emergency management organizations to respond to evolving circumstances as they become available. The City of Joplin’s response and recovery plan can be found here. For additional information, please visit Missouri Southern’s COVID-19 resource page – www.mssu.edu/COVID-19 and also refer to HR’s Return to Work FAQ’s here.