Life Long Learning classes and events suspended through semester

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency and Governor Tony Evers Emergency Order, all UW-Green Bay Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) classes on and off campus have been cancelled through May 15, 2020. This includes all campus sites and community sites where classes were offered. The LLI Spring Fling at the Tundra Lodge scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020 has been cancelled as well. In addition, the UW-Green Bay LLI Office will be closed until further notice.

The Board of Directors Elections will take place as scheduled. An email will be sent to members the week of April 6 and will include a link to the online ballot. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel to contact Susan Pike via email, pikes@uwgb.edu or phone, 920-676-9432.

Information Technology Update, March 25, 2020

Information Technology update, March 25, 2020
The University has more individuals working remotely than the inventory of mobile technology it has. It is understood that there may not be all the equipment and other resources necessary to facilitate remote work for every employee, or that your remote work location may not have all of the equipment you are used to using for your work. Please know that the primary focus of the University is to allow students and instructors to deliver courses in an alternative fashion. Achievement of that goal does require that all IT resources be allocated to services that are required to provide alternative delivery, so equipment may not be immediately available for all remote workers. As time and resources permit, a shift in focus will be made.

If you are working remotely, it is your responsibly to provide all the technology necessary to function effectively. Therefore, any purchases which are made by an employee to facilitate remote work are the responsibility of the employee. Securing or upgrading internet connectivity, purchases of laptops, monitors, or data usage expenses on cellular phone plans are the responsibility of the employee, and are not eligible for reimbursement.

IT personnel are also being stretched to respond to questions about IT problems of remote workers. While IT remains committed to assisting all employees, please keep in mind that technology questions from remote workers, which do not pertain to delivery of courses, will need to be triaged accordingly. All employees are asked to submit all requests for support through the IT Help Desk (920-465-2309 or helpdesk@uwgb.edu), please do not contact an IT member hoping to get an immediate response as this approach will take limited resources away from mission critical tasks. Please know that IT is doing the absolute best it can, and will respond when they are able.

Orders for additional resources to assist all employees and students necessary to continue operations of the institution remotely have been made. As these resources become available notification will be provided.  In the interim, if you have an immediate need for technology equipment, please contact your supervisor (not IT) to discuss the specific issue and determine if a solution can be found with the resources currently available. Deans and division heads have been given instructions on how to get these identified needs to the appropriate person. Finally, if you know that of a student that has needs such as a lack of Internet access, please direct them to GBoss@uwgb.edu, who will help to facilitate that their needs are met.

Quick Access to Green Bay Campus buildings being granted March 25-26

Limited Access to Green Bay Campus Buildings, March 25-26

As we transition to Governor Evers’ Safer-at-Home Order, the Green Bay Campus is allowing quick, limited access for faculty, staff and students to its campus buildings on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. This access is to accommodate the picking-up of any items needed through the length of the Governor’s Order (through April 24, 2020).

Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses are closed. Students and employees should follow the guidelines sent by the Campus CEOs on March 24.

Green Bay Campus students will be allowed access today and tomorrow, but will not be allowed without authority after 2 p.m. March 26, 2020.  If a student needs to access a locked area, the ability to do that will be based on the discretion and availability of University Police to facilitate this access.

Access to Campus March 25 & 26, 2020

  • Hours: 10 a.m – 2 p.m.
  • Access is limited to employees. No children or guest will be allowed in any campus building. Prior approval is not needed March 25 and March 26. Approval will be required after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020;
  • Employees will be allowed access to the Green Bay Campus through MAC Hall, Circle Entrance. Employees must park in the Union Parking stalls or at the KEC if no stalls are available. Employees shall not park or stand cars in the Circle Drive between the Union and MAC.
  • Check In Procedure
    1. One table with attendant
    2. Employee will sign in on attached sheet including time and destination.
    3. Employee should proceed immediately to destination, retrieve items and leave as quickly as possible through the same point.
    4. Employees should not leave any building through any other exit except in an emergency.
    5. Employee will check out providing time of departure.
  • Check in station will be equipped with cleaning product and pens.

Mail and Package Pickup
Receiving continues to work on an efficient process to provide mail and deliveries to the University.  A process will be publicized soon, however at this point, please do not retrieve mail from receiving until further details are provided.

Marinette, Manitowoc, Sheboygan
Contact your campus CEO for campus-specific instructions sent March 24, 2020.

Access to the Green Bay Campus, after Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. will be restricted as buildings will be closed per the Governor’s order.

Watch for further information.

 

Governor Evers’ Office releases updated ‘Safer at Home’ FAQs

Safer at Home FAQs, Officer of Governor Tony Evers – Updated 3/24/20

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued a Safer at Home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective at 8 am on Wednesday March 25th. This order will remain in effect until 8 am on Friday, April 24th or until a superseding order is issued.

Where does the Safer at Home order apply?
This order applies to the entire state. All Wisconsinites must stay at home as much as possible and non-essential businesses and operations must cease, with limited exceptions for minimum basic operations and working from home. All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited exceptions contained in the order.

What are social distancing requirements?
Under the order, social distancing requirements include:

  1. Maintaining social distancing of six feet between people;
  2. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer;
  3. Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands);
  4. Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
  5. Not shaking hands; and
  6. Following all other public health recommendations issues by DHS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Is this order mandatory?
Yes. All Wisconsinites need to do their part to keep their family, friends, neighbors and communities safe.

Individuals may leave their homes for the following reasons:

  1. To perform essential governmental functions, to work at essential businesses and operations, to do minimum basicoperations for non-essential businesses, and essential travel, all of which is defined in the order;
  2. To obtain services at or to work for health care and public health operations, certain human services operations, oressential infrastructure;
  3. To perform tasks that are essential to health and safety such as obtaining medical supplies or medication, seekingemergency services, or visiting a health care professional;
  4. To obtain necessary services or supplies such as food, gasoline, pet supplies, and other household consumerproducts;
  5. To engage in outdoor activity, as long as they maintain social distancing; and
  6. To care for a family members, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed under the order.

Will I be required to carry documentation to leave my home?
No. Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an essential business or operation as outlined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue work that is done in compliance with this order.

Can I go outside for walks, outdoor exercise, or to play?
Yes. You may engage in outdoor activities that meet social distancing requirements. You may travel to public and state parks for walks, hikes and bike rides. No team or contact sports are permitted. Playgrounds are closed.

What is considered an essential business?
Please read the order carefully to determine what is considered an essential business or operation. Even if a business or operation is essential, there are still important restrictions on how the business can operate. For example, all entities that remain open as essential businesses or operations must implement social distancing as much as possible and use technology to avoid meeting in person, including virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work (i.e., work from home). The order contains specific restrictions on each kind of essential business and operation.

Essential businesses and operations include the following, which are clarified in detail in the Order:

  1. Any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & InfrastructureSecurity Agency (CISA) memo, and any subsequent version of this memo.
  2. Stores that sell groceries and medicine, including bakeries, provided they: (i) close all seating intended forconsuming food; (ii) cease any self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets; (iii) except for grocery stores, prohibit customers from self-dispensing all unpackaged food; and (iv) abide by social distancing requirements.
  3. Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture.
  4. Restaurants and bars, for take-out and delivery service of food.
  5. Organizations that provide charitable and social services, including food banks and shelters
  6. Religious entities as long as any gathering includes fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at a timeand individuals adhere to social distancing requirements as much as possible.
  7. Weddings and funerals as long as any gathering includes fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at atime and individuals adhere to social distancing requirements as much as possible.
  8. News media.
  9. Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation.
  10. Financial institutions and services.
  11. Hardware and supplies stores.
  12. Critical trades.
  13. Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services.
  14. Laundry services.
  15. Supplies to work from home.
  16. Supplies for essential businesses and operations and essential governmental functions.
  17. Transportation to and from activities permitted in the order.
  18. Home-based care and services.
  19. Professional services.
  20. Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.
  21. Critical labor union functions.
  22. Hotels and motels.
  23. Higher educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or other essential functions.

If a business is explicitly listed as an essential business or operation, but believes it should be included, businesses should consult the information page on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) website.

In addition to essential businesses and operations, healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential infrastructure, essential governmental functions will continue to operate.

Will restaurants and bars remain open?
Restaurants may remain open for food take-out or delivery only and no seating may be provided. Carryout sales of alcohol beverages and food are allowed if permitted by state law and municipal ordinance. Customers may enter these establishments only for the purpose of ordering, picking up, and paying for food or beverage. Food and drink may not be consumed on the premises, either indoors and outdoors.

Any self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets must cease. Customers are prohibited from self- dispensing any unpackaged food or beverage.

Social distancing requirements must be implemented as much as possible.

Will hotels and motels remain open?
Hotels and motels are essential businesses and operations and can remain open if they follow the guidelines imposed on stores that sell groceries and medicine, restaurants and bars. Guests are prohibited from congregating in lobbies or other common areas and social distancing requirements must be implemented. Hotel and motel swimming pools, hot tubs, and exercise facilities must close.

Does this order apply to child care settings?
Child care settings are essential businesses and operations. Secretary-designee Andrea Palm’s Emergency Order #6 remains in effect, with the following amendments:

Child care settings must prioritize care for families as follows:

Tier 1: Employees, contractors, and other support staff working in health care Tier 2: Employees, contractors, and staff in vital areas outlined in the order

Child care settings include all licensed and certified child care providers who may provide care for any age or ages of children up to 13 years of age, unless specially licensed for children with disabilities up to 19 years of age.

Please see the Department of Children and Families FAQ on this topic for additional information.

Can I proceed with a wedding or funeral as planned?
Weddings and funerals can proceed as long as any gathering includes fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at a time and individuals adhere to social distancing requirements as much as possible. If you need to travel to attend a wedding or funeral, you should check before you leave that your means of travel is still available. If travel is to another state, you should read any orders in place in that state before you leave.

What if I still have to go to work?
All essential businesses and operations are encouraged to remain open, but are encouraged to have employees work from home if it is possible for them to complete their job duties remotely. If you are a worker at one of these businesses, you must implement social distancing requirements as much as possible.

What if my business or operation is not essential?
Your business must close. Individuals are encouraged to work from home where possible. You are permitted to do the minimum basic operations to maintain the value of your business’s inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, including where these functions are outsourced to other entities.

Can I travel?
All forms of travel are prohibited unless explicitly excepted. Individuals utilizing mass transit must maintain social distancing of at least six feet as much as possible. Essential travel that is exempt includes:

  1. Any travel related to essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential businesses and operations, or non-essential businesses’ minimum basic operations.
  2. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or vulnerable persons.
  3. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receivingmeals, or any other services.
  4. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
  5. Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custodyagreement.
  6. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside Wisconsin.

Individuals who work outside of Wisconsin are allowed to commute to other states for work purposes, as long as they comply with this order and orders from other states.

Does this order change the school closure order?
A previous order mandating the closure of public and private K-12 schools at 5pm on Wednesday, March 18th is still in effect. All schools must remain closed for instructional and extracurricular activities for the duration of the public health emergency or until a subsequent order lifts this specific restriction. Schools may be used for facilitating distance or virtual learning, essential government functions, and food distribution.

Are personal care businesses allowed to remain open
No. All hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, electrolysis providers, waxing salons, eyebrow-care establishments, tattoo parlors, body art establishments and tanning facilities must close.

Will public libraries remain open?
Libraries must close for all in-person services, but may continue to provide online services and programming. Libraries may be used for essential government functions and food distribution.

Does the order specify places that must close?
Yes. All non-essential businesses and operations must close. K-12 schools and public libraries are closed, with some exceptions including virtual learning and on-line services. Additionally, all amusement parks, carnivals, water parks, licensed public or private swimming pools, splash pads, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, playgrounds, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, movie and other theaters, concert and music halls, country clubs, social clubs, and gyms and fitness centers. This order to applies the above places and those like them whether they are indoors or outdoors.

Can I obtain care or boarding for my pet?
Non-essential veterinary care should be avoided, but you may leave your home to obtain necessary veterinary care and supplies for your pet. Grooming services must close. Pet boarding and daycare is an essential business and operation that may remain open.

Am I able to proceed with plans to move out of my house?
Moving and relocation services are essential businesses and operations.

Will golf courses remain open?
Golf courses are not considered essential businesses. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order.

Are landscaping businesses allowed to operate?
Landscape businesses are not considered essential businesses or operations. Staff can perform minimum basic operations as defined in the order.

Can local government bodies continue to conduct business?
All state, tribal, and local essential governmental functions can continue. This means that government bodies should continue all functions needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government body and provide and support the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Each government body is responsible for determining what functions, if any are necessary and identify employees and contractors necessary to perform those functions.

Government bodies should continue to follow the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of Open Government guidance regarding holding government meetings, and should consult directly with that office regarding specific open meetings questions.

My local government also issued an order like this. Which one do I follow?
You must follow the statewide order issued by DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. If a local order conflicts with the statewide order, you must follow the statewide order.

How will this order be enforced?
This order is enforceable by any local law enforcement official, including county sheriffs. Violation or obstruction of this order is punishable by imprisonment, fines, or both. Wis. Stat. § 252.25.

Video: Professor Vince Lowery talks about dealing with disruption

Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Vince Lowery. I am the director of student success and engagement here at UWGB. As we look ahead to the second half of the semester, I want to share some advice to help you deal with the disruption we are experiencing right now:

  • First, create a daily schedule. Build into that schedule time to check e-mail and Canvas for updates from your professors. Be sure you know how your courses are changing and what work you’ve got coming up. Be sure that your schedule includes enough time to get that classwork done. It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed, but a healthy routine will help you reduce stress and be more productive! When you’re doing homework, try one of my favorite tricks, the Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes on task followed by a 5-minute break, then return to work for 25 minutes, and take another 5-minute break. You’re going to get your work done, but it is also important to care for yourself right now. Rewarding yourself with small breaks AND setting aside longer blocks of time to relax checks off both boxes!
  • Second, stay connected with friends and family. As we practice social distancing, it is easy to feel disconnected from others. Use texting, phone, Skype, FaceTime, and social media to stay in touch. We all need each other right now – to share stories, to talk about how we’re feeling, to laugh, and yes, even to cry. The people in our lives need us, too, and these connections will help us get through this!
  • Third, reach out to us if you need a hand. We should remind ourselves that asking for help is a sign of strength in the face of this adversity. Even though you may not be on campus, we’re still here for you. If you’re finding it difficult to adjust to the new delivery of your classes, reach out to your instructors or your advisor for tips. And student support services like GBOSS, the Dean of Students Office, and Counseling and Health remain open and are a call or e-mail away!

Check out the UW-Green Bay website for more information about the University response to COVID-19, as well information about coping with the situation and caring for yourself and others. And remember: we’re here if you need us. We’re in this together; we’ll get through it together!