Essential Workers Statement

Determination of Critical Infrastructure Workers and Essential Employees Performing Necessary Activities


Governor Whitmer issued the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order in response to COVID-19 for residents to "Shelter at their Place of Residence," effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The order outlined several exceptions to sheltering in place for "workers who are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations." Under item 4b. of the order, it required the employer "to determine which of their workers are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations and inform such workers of that designation." The order states that the employer must make such designations in writing.

Westwood Heights staff who have been identified as necessary to conduct minimum basic operations and/or critical infrastructure workers are the following:

*All Westwood Heights administrators: "to maintain the value of inventory and equipment,...ensure security, process transactions" (4b)
*All Business Office staff and Lead Building/Department Secretaries: "to process transactions (including payroll and employee benefits)"(4b)
*All Operations & Facilities staff:"to maintain the value of inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security..."(4b)
*Information and Instructional Technology staff: to "facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely" and to protect the security of our technology infrastructure (4b&8h)
*Communications Coordinator: Communications, including new media (8h)
*Special Services:  This would include Social Workers, Nutrition Services "Workers for operations that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of like for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency..."(9d)

Please be assured that staff in the above categories will only be required to report to work if deemed necessary.  In many cases, we anticipate staff in the above areas will be able to complete a substantial portion of tasks remotely.  In some cases, though, the work simply must be done on site, in which case social distancing practices should be strictly adhered to.

Essential staff in the above categories should receive communication from their direct supervisor when they are expected to report during this executive order.  If you have any questions about this communication, please contact your direct supervisor or superintendent.

It is important to note that the circumstances we find ourselves is rapidly changing. As such, I must inform you that the above categories of employees may change based on how the situation evolves. I will let you know if that is the case in a future communication.


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