Welcome back for what promises to be one of our most unusual but perhaps our best semesters ever in spring of 2020. As we get going again with our classes, our scholarship, and our research, we look forward to a great and successful conclusion, especially for those of you who are nearing graduation with your undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, law degrees and doctorates.
Today we are taking additional steps as we lead through the tremendous change brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect supervisors to ensure that all of our employees able to work from home plan to do so starting Monday, March 23. This includes, importantly, our student workers.
We are especially grateful to those employees who will continue to serve essential positions in-person on our campuses.
As the spread of COVID-19 continues rapidly, we are taking several additional steps to help protect the UNL community and our broader community. As detailed below, the university has canceled classes from March 16-20. After spring break, beginning March 30, all spring semester classes will be taught remotely and will not be taught in-person.
Given the recent events in Nebraska related to COVID-19, and the suspension of in-person classes by some universities around the country, I wanted to provide an additional update to our UNL community on the steps that we are taking.
As you know, on Friday and over the weekend, there were 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Omaha. There are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus in Lincoln or Lancaster County. Based on consultation with medical officials, and consistent with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any actions that might be taken by UNL would be done in conjunction with local officials and institutions.
As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues globally and within the United States, I wanted to share an update with our UNL community on the steps that we are taking.
There are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus in the state of Nebraska, outside those being treated at the containment units at UNMC. Through our consultation with medical officials, and consistent with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are pragmatic steps we can take in an effort to help keep our community protected in this rapidly evolving situation. Many other institutions of higher education are taking similar steps, as are a number of private sector organizations.