March 24 - COVID-19 Daily Update (March 24, 2020)
Dear Marymount Community,
Good Tuesday to you all! Please see below for today’s latest announcements regarding COVID-19’s continued impact on campus:
Telework Guidelines and Procedures
This morning, I sent faculty and staff an email outlining our COVID-19 Telework Guidelines and Procedures, which provide guidance for temporary telework arrangements. We’ve implemented certain pandemic disease protocols for employees in order to allow flexible leave and alternate work arrangements. This way, we can ensure that employees can provide appropriate care to themselves and their families while facilitating business continuity to the greatest extent possible. Please review this email as soon as possible so you can understand how to proceed during this unprecedented situation
International Student Services
For our international students – please verify with the ISS office any information you may receive from another source regarding employment, housing or immigration benefits. During times of uncertainty, we want to make sure you do not get tricked by scammers. ISS will continue to send you updates or any new changes announced by the Department of Homeland Security. This should be your only reliable source for immigration advice.
Today, I read a great article by astronaut Scott Kelly on how to survive self-isolation based on his experience of spending nearly one year on the International Space Station. Below are his tips, and how I’ve been trying to put them into practice!
Follow a schedule. I am an early riser. My routine continues more or less the same, except I substituted my morning gym visit with the elliptical, while watching the daily COVID-19 news.
Get plenty of sleep. I have discovered a new functionality on my iPhone that lets me know when it’s bedtime, and I am trying to follow this advice to ensure I get enough sleep – a new goal for me!
Take the opportunity to watch a new movie, TV series or pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. I have watched a number of newly-released movies. My favorites are “Ford v Ferrari” and “Judy,” and I’m reading “The American Story” by David Rubenstein.
Go out into nature and get some exercise. I discovered my neighborhood for the first time in almost two years that I’ve been living in Arlington, and it’s quite lovely!
Keep others at a six-foot distance. Even while walking through the neighborhood or during a trip to the grocery store, be careful to follow this advice on social distancing.
Keep a journal and chronicle your experiences for the day. This will be something interesting to read once this is all over, and it will end!
Stay in contact through video calls. Doing so with your classes or business meetings through Zoom or other technology platforms will help you feel connected during these challenging times.
Remember, we will get through this and we will be more confident and resilient, not only individually but as a University and a nation!
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207
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