How to deal with faculty absences during COVID-19

April 7, 2020

“In the face of rising coronavirus cases, the scale of professor absenteeism could be much larger than anything colleges have seen in recent decades,” writes Lilah Burke. Some instructors have reported that schools are asking teachers to make contingency plans for how a class could continue in the professor’s absence. John Lombardi explains that it is “probably useful” to think about contingency measures, but it is “probably not useful to construct complicated alternative contingencies covering every imaginable sequence of illness.” Lombard recommends simply dealing with potential issues in the context of normal sick leave, normal reallocation of work, and other adjustments. Inside Higher Ed (International)