Guidance for supervisors on high-risk employees

This message has been approved by Renisha Gibbs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Finance & Administration Chief of Staff, for distribution to all Deans, Directors, and Department Heads.

The Governor of Florida has issued Executive Order 20-83 urging all persons over the age of 65 to stay home and take necessary precautions to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. The order also issues the same directive for persons with serious underlying medical conditions that may place them at high risk (i.e. lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, persons undergoing cancer treatment, and severe obesity). Please make sure these employees are aware of the options detailed below.

Any of your employees within the demographics specified in the executive order have the option to work remotely if conducive to their duties. If you identify employees within these demographics who are unable to perform their work remotely and choose not to work on campus, contact the Office of Human Resources for assistance. HR is currently preparing for implementation of the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and will work with your employee to utilize this leave if applicable. Additional information regarding benefits under FFCRA for all employees will be forthcoming.

The health and safety of our campus community is critical. Please be sure to contact us for assistance in keeping all of our employees well.

Questions? For questions regarding Faculty, contact Rebecca Peterson at For questions regarding Staff, contact Tracey Pearson at For attendance & leave questions, contact Christine Conley at