Schreiner University to follow Gov Abbott’s Executive Order

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Only essential employees to report to campus – Most others work from home.

Kerrville, TX – Schreiner University President, Dr. Charlie McCormick, announced Wed, Apr 1, that Schreiner University would be moving to Level 4 of its Emergency Preparedness Plan as a result of the Executive Order from Governor Greg Abbott. Level 4 limits campus to only “essential”personnel who are responsible for finance, security and technology among a few other select areas.

“Beginning tomorrow,and as a result of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order released on Tuesday afternoon (March 31, 2020), we join many other—maybe most—organizations and individuals across the state and nation in further isolating ourselves as we respond collectively and individually to COVID-19, ”stated McCormick in an address to campus staff. “Beginning Thursday, April 2, we will ask only “essential” employees to report to campus as per the Governor’s order. I anticipate that we will have fewer than 20 employees on campus at any one time. As an institution of higher education that is delivering virtual instruction, we are identified as providing an “essential” service so we will remain operational.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency released an Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response on Mar 28. In this memorandum, it states “educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions.”

“For all practical purposes, the campus is closed to day-to-day activities, and employees should work from home,”McCormick went on to say.“Thank you for your extraordinary service to Schreiner University and its students. It is my sincere hope that very soon we will find ourselves together again—in classrooms, residence halls, the Diner, and the Event Center. That will be a happy day. It will take us some while to get there but keep heading towards that moment.”

This Level 4 status for Schreiner University is expected through the end of April. All online classes will continue as previously described. Any updates to Schreiner University’s posture will be updated through the media and Schreiner University’s website at schreiner.edu.

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