Change the FSU policy on childcare during the COVID crisis

Change the FSU policy on childcare during the COVID crisis

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Julie Adams started this petition to Florida State University


Florida State University prides itself on having world-class faculty; instructors whose caliber is so high that they have propelled FSU to being one of the top 20 public universities in the United States. With that in mind, recent developments in the university’s remote working policies are highly concerning.


On June 29, 2020, Florida State University released this statement announcing that faculty and staff will no longer be able to care for their children while they work remotely and must secure separate childcare arrangements, which will force many employees to choose between their careers and their families.


This policy would have a disproportionate impact on female instructors and staff, and that is unacceptable. At a time when many families are struggling due to an economic recession and cases of COVID-19 are surging in the United States, particularly in Florida, the last thing anyone needs is an additional limitation on their ability to do their job. This policy would create financial and logistical burdens on FSU employees with children, as well as facilitate the spread of COVID-19. 


It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many of us to adapt our working situations and professional practices. However, the act of implementing this policy is at best ignorant of the situations many university professors and staff are facing right now, and at worst is actively malicious or apathetic toward their well-being. 


Regardless of whether or not Leon County schools open for in-person classes in the fall, Florida State University must allow all employees with children who are working remotely to care for their children without seeking supplementary childcare.

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