Winter Break Closure
In April, the Chancellor's Office announced that the University will be closed this year during the winter holiday break, to reduce fuel costs and to support our commitment to sustainability. The University will be closed beginning on December 24 and will re-open on January 5, 2015. During this time, only personnel who are required to maintain essential operations will be allowed to work on campus. Three of the scheduled closure days – December 30, 31 and January 2 -- are not considered university holidays and require employees to utilize available leave to be paid for those days.
Employees who may not have vacation or bonus leave available for the additional closure days, or those who wish to conserve those balances, are encouraged to consider utilizing available community service leave. The Staff Senate has done great work to identify a list of opportunities to utilize available community service leave. A Staff Senate flier identifying community organizations who have indicated that they can support volunteers during the winter break period can be found on the Staff Senate website at:
The flier also provides information on how to obtain approval to utilize community service leave and links to the applicable policy and request form.
Employees are not limited to the organizations identified in the Staff Senate flier but can apply available community service leave to any volunteer service allowable under the policy.
Employees who do not have available leave, including community service leave, to cover the additional closure days and for whom the days may cause a hardship are encouraged to contact Human Resources for assistance (828-262-3187).
Supervisors, please actively communicate with your employees about the winter closure. Please encourage and support use of community service leave and encourage employees to discuss their individual circumstances with Human Resources.
Email from Chancellor Peacock dated April 30, 2014.
Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock has accepted the recommendation of the Winter Break Committee to annually close the University during the winter holiday break, beginning with December, 2014. This recommendation stems from Appalachian’s commitment to reducing fuel costs and the University’s overall commitment to sustainability.
This year, in addition to December 24, 25, 26, and 29, which are already considered University holidays, Appalachian employees will be required to use available leave time for December 30, 31 and January 2, 2015. Employees who are required to work (employees deemed critical/essential) will be given detailed instructions on how to code all appropriate hours on their timesheets closer to the winter break.
Supervisors and administrators are encouraged to work with employees regarding alternative work schedules, alternative work locations on campus, flex schedules, telecommuting, or possible use of Community Service Leave to prevent employees from incurring a negative leave balance.