Our highest priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our clients, staff, and interns. To that end, IINE will shift to remote management of or suspension of all in-person, client-facing classes, programs, and activities immediately, continuing through the end of next week, Friday, March 20, with few exceptions. Our employees will begin working remotely, starting tomorrow (Friday, March 13).
We are mindful that many of our clients are in vulnerable circumstances, and we want to provide continuous remote support and return to on-site services as soon as we can. Our current plan is that the suspension of client-facing service activities will last through next Friday, March 20. We will, however, revisit the status of the coronavirus spread and our response during the next week and communicate any changes to our plan.
As a result of this shift in our service delivery model, and until we we are able to resume our regular in-person programming, we will be suspending all voluntary engagements with IINE, including all internships and volunteer activities and commitments. We continue to be deeply grateful to you for contributing your time, expertise, and energy to improve the lives of the people we serve. Thank you for all that you do to make our services possible and your steadfast advocacy in the community.
If possible, IINE will aim to bring interns back for the remainder of the Spring term upon our return to in-person services. However, we understand that many interns may be returning home during this time, and that home itself may not be local. If you find yourself unable to conclude your internship when we return to in-person services, or if you have any questions in the coming weeks, please make sure you are communicating with Molly April, the Intern Programs Manager.
As soon as you read this email, please let your supervisor know where your current projects stand and then set up a temporary away message directing clients and other contacts to connect directly with your supervisor or the main office number. To set up automatic replies, please login via Office 365 (the web app), navigate to “Outlook”, click the gears icon at the top right, and then type in automatic replies in the search field. Unless approved and until further notice, you should not continue doing any additional work for the Institute during this time.
We hope to resume in-person services as soon as possible and we will be sure to continue communicating with the IINE community as the situation and our response evolves. For updated information on our services and the status of our offices, please consult the iine.org website. Additionally, Molly or I will be in touch with relevant updates to the intern program as decisions are made.
Thank you for all you do for our clients, please take care of yourself, and please stay tuned for further updates.