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  1. Why isn’t the DoD guidance being heeded by all departments on this base, specifically, the Memorandum from The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, March 8th, Subject: Civilian Personnel Guidance for DoD components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 that states “supervisors MUST authorize Weather and Safety leave when an asymptomatic employee is subject to movement restrictions and is not a telework program participant”. My supervisor won’t allow telework even though we could work from home if we were granted permission. This is not fair to put myself and my family at risk because my supervisor thinks the DoD Memo and OPM’s Maximum Telework are options and not mandatory. Please Help!

    • Each supervisor at DLIFLC is given latitude to operate their department on a case-by-case basis. If you would like further help, send an email to mpao@dliflc.edu.

  2. I have a child who just started school at your institute and we only live a couple hours away. Why are they still there in that very dangerous environment when they could be sheltered in place at home far away from the exposures at school. I will be talking to a lawyer if something happens to my child from your negligence.

    • The command’s primary focus is on the health, welfare and safety of our students, faculty, staff and family members. We continue to evaluate day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all service members. The Command is taking immediate action to mitigate the spread of COVIC-19 to include changes to training. Our students are currently tele-learning, while our instructors are teleworking. We have informed the students to exercise proper distance learning measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Force Protection guidance. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 amongst our students and faculty. the Command is monitoring this very carefully. We hope that this will ease your concerns. We understand that all are worried about family members at this time. Please stay informed via our Facebook page about any changes.

  3. Unless DLI students and staff are required to quarantine and shelter in place on base, all classes should be shut down immediately. Students and staff are all potential asymptomatic and symptomatic carriers who can transmit virus throughout the local community.
    There is No Excuse for such Irresponsibility.

    • As of March 18, all classes are being held online, while our faculty and staff are authorized to telework and are teaching from home. Virtual classes allow our students and instructors to continue with their mission-essential duties, while maintaining the social distancing necessary during this time.

      For more information, you can watch the virtual town hall, the first video above, held by the DLIFLC and POM leadership March 17.

  4. Today (March 17), two positive cases in Monterey county have been confirmed and the county is to go under ‘shelter in place’. What restrictions are you putting for students in Phase 2 and up that usually are able to go out to town on weekends? Letting these students go back and forth between DLI and the city could be extremely dangerous.

    • They are still able to go out, within the rules of the shelter in place, unless otherwise instructed by their chain of command. For more, Col. Hausman addressed that and other concerns in the most recent town hall, held March 17, which you can view on the top of this page.

  5. Colonel Hausman,

    I recognize the difficulty of the decisions you face and am extremely grateful for your dedicated service. After watching the video and reading all comments, I still feel strongly that under current DLIFLC policies, proper social distancing is difficult for military and civilian personnel to achieve.

    I think the risk of coronavirus exposure is significantly underestimated at POM for the following reasons:
    1. You cited the CDC when claiming that the risk for exposure is low for Americans. However, the document I believe you were referencing was last reviewed on February 26th. The COVID-19 situation has escalated rapidly since then and this webpage requires updating. In fact, one section of the document is entitled, “Planning for a Possible COVID-19 Outbreak in the US.” We are already in the midst of a national emergency as declared by President Trump on March 13th and a worldwide pandemic as declared by the WHO on March 11th.
    2. The true extent of this pandemic remains relatively unknown in our city and country as current testing capabilities are insufficient to test patients presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
    3. There are over 300 confirmed cases in the Bay Area, which includes three counties adjacent to Monterey County. Are you confident that students and faculty haven’t unwittingly been exposed to those individuals? The CDC has been clear that we are now experiencing sustained community spread. In yesterday’s White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that “the best way to address it [COVID-19] is to do something that looks like it might be an overreaction” and “when you’re dealing with an emerging infectious diseases outbreak, you are always behind where you think you are if you think that today reflects where you really are.”

    I am concerned that your current institutional policy does not reflect the gravity of the situation and is not consistent with guidelines set forth by the leaders of our country and state. While the measures taken thus far might suffice for healthier individuals, they appear to jeopardize the health of individuals at higher risk (e.g. elderly; chronic health conditions). What sort of allowances and precautions are being made to protect these individuals? Even if you advance to the next phase and only sequester students, teachers can be exposed to the coronavirus via shared surfaces and offices. Further, a study from UCLA that is expected to be published soon indicates the “virus has the capability for remaining viable for days” on surfaces.

    Please consider allowing higher-risk individuals to self-isolate and work remotely immediately with the ultimate goal of mandating self-isolation for everyone. Transitioning completely to online learning is a difficult process but would significantly decrease risk to students, staff and the surrounding community.

    Respectfully,
    Concerned Community Member

    • Thank you for your thoughtful questions and comments. We have addressed those issues and are implementing new procedures. If you weren’t able to, please watch the latest town hall held March 17, where several of your concerns were addressed.

      Again, thank you for your comments and concern.

    • What do you mean it? You are able to access the page, since you left us a comment.

  6. This Covid-19 Protocol is naïve.
    1- Young and healthy people can carry the coronavirus without showing symptoms, and yet they can transmit it to other people among which the vulnerable (the old and people with underlying health issues).
    2- We are “advised to use social distancing measures”. Could you provide an illustrated demo sent by email (no gathering in the Quads, please) of social distancing in the classroom, in the office, and in other locations especially during the start of the lunch break and the departure time when students are rounded up in hallways and stairs?
    3- Federal government is “urged to close office to contain coronavirus”
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/politics/federal-telework-ramps-up-amid-worker-frustrations/index.html
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/politics/federal-telework-ramps-up-amid-worker-frustrations/index.html
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/13/federal-employees-may-soon-be-ordered-work-home-that-could-pose-serious-cybersecurity-risks/

    4- Are you 100% sure that none of the DLI community members who are still coming to work is now infected? And that if coronavirus testing were available to everybody, they would all come negative?
    5- All schools and colleges in the Monterey Bay area are closed to avoid community spread. Are we waiting to see a virus cluster at DLI? From what we have seen so far, leaders who downplayed this Covid19 are hit hard in their own homeland.

    Most likely, the government may order the telework for its employees. In the CNN article (link above), there is the following: “The Office of Management and Budget issued new guidance to federal agencies on Friday saying they were “encouraged to maximize telework flexibilities” for at-risk workers as well as those living in areas where there has been community spread of coronavirus.”
    Instead of waiting for the official order, could you, please, act at the DLI leadership level? Our health and yours, and the health of our service members are priceless.

    • We acknowledge that young and healthy people can carry the corona virus. The CDC currently states that the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states. People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk dependent on the location. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (sickest). Some spread may be possible before people show symptoms but not the main way the virus spreads. Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure. Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure. Additionally, travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.

      We are not waiting to see a virus cluster at DLI before taking action. We recognize that POM does not have test kits and that Monterey County Health Department is using strict guidelines for the use of their kits. We are already taking actions to eliminate large meetings and preparing transition to virtual training. I encourage social distancing throughout the workplace now, as the situation allows. Please see the attached information paper from the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula for more information. It is okay for faculty to ask students to not congregate in buildings and to head outside on breaks. We are also preparing for large-scale telework. The situation is evolving very quickly. Our mission is important and we cannot stop work. If you have flu-like symptoms, please take sick leave and stay home until symptoms resolve and for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. All individuals should continue good personal hygiene.

      The health of our workforce is my primary concern. As of 14 March, there are still no reported cases of COVID-19 in Monterey County. We will continue to publish updates. Please be careful and rely on only official DoD information. News sites are great places to see updates, but continue to confirm the information from official locations.

      – COL Hausman

  7. I am sure that your are doing your best to protect all of us during this hard period.
    Thank you.

  8. Is there any guidance for LTD faculty? LTD faculty are located in many locations worldwide.

    • Guidance for LTD faculty is to follow the lead of host locations. Provide virtual training as the host location desires. Spread out at work. Take your telework training and submit telework paperwork. Be prepared for a rapidly changing situation.

  9. Thank you for your effort. Does DLI have coronavirus test kits? According to different news outlets Monterey county does not have the needed test kits to know if there are cases of coronavirus or not. I hope that the goal is to actually “ prevent” and “stop” the virus from infecting faculty and students rather than waiting until someone gets infected in the county.

    • As of 14 March, The health clinic on POM does not have the COVID-19 test kits. The Monterey County Health Department does have kits. However, they are following strict CDC guidelines for testing to ensure they have enough kits to test those that are seriously ill and have the greatest likelihood of exposure to COVID-19. The situation is changing rapidly. We will do our best to update the community with new developments.

  10. Dear Colonel Hausman and the Command Crew members,

    Thank you very much for organizing this video to keep up us abreast of DLI Command’s plans amidst this pandemic situation. I just would like to have further clarifications on how us, we are going to proceed on Monday morning. Are we going to have students in the classrooms to teach normally or are we going to continue our video/virtual teaching that we have started doing already on Friday afternoon?

    Thank you very much for your time,
    UEL / French teaching member

    • We will conduct classes as normal on Monday. However, I ask faculty to
      focus on fixing issues with the virtual training methods discovered on
      Friday. I anticipate that we will do another virtual teaching test on
      Tuesday to verify that we are fully capable of teaching virtually.
      – COL Hausman

    • You can find the relevant DoD document by clicking here.

    • On Friday night, the Department of Defense issued new directives. This
      weekend, the Army and other military services are interpreting this DoD
      directive and issuing additional clarifying orders. DLI will distribute
      this information on Monday. Key points of this order is to stop movement
      including Permanent Change of Station and Temporary Duty. There are also
      restrictions on leave, other than local leave. We will further define these
      definitions for the faculty on Monday via email. The individual military
      service units are addressing these orders according to their individual
      service directives. If you are military members or are family members of
      service members, please reach out to your chain of command for your queries
      as it applies to your personal situation. I plan to conduct a virtual town
      hall on Tuesday afternoon for the faculty.
      – COL Hausman

  11. Thank you for the message. I have a few comments and concerns I would like to bring to your attention:
    Daily we see many faculty members and students that are sick-sneezing and coughing show up at work/classroom. There are offices that has multiple faculty/staff like 4 -5 or more posing risks. We also have large number of faculty members who commute from different communities including Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Please take the civilian risk into consideration along with the students. If student go to barracks and teachers can and have the full ability to deliver from home, please consider the option of sending them home. Entire communities are moving schools and colleges and to online delivery where possible. When we can go virtual, why are we waiting until we get infected or get cases? As far as I know we had two teachers quarantined last month in Chinese school and currently some students are being monitored.
    Thank you!

    • If faculty or students display flu-like symptoms, please ask them to go home and take sick leave. Please notify their supervisor if they continue to stay at work. We continue to prepare to move to a virtual classroom situation. Initial results from Friday afternoon’s virtual classroom test are positive. We will verify results on Monday and consider options at that time. Additionally, I continue to consider increased telework options.

      It is correct that some faculty and students have been self-quarantined for 14 days since January. Every case is/was considered on a case-by-case basis after medical screening. We will continue this process. I am very mindful of the civilian risk and student risk.

      – COL Hausman

  12. Excellent leadership!
    May God help us all!
    Moctar sakho

  13. I was not able to hear your message for some reason but, I am still trying.

    Very Respectfully,

    Sal_Dept A1.

  14. Thank you for providing these crucial information. Even though some areas of the video has had distractions and has made it hard to be heard clearly, it has provided vital information. I appreciate your time.

  15. Thanks.

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  17. Good Evening:

    Thank you for the guidance. Is it possible to post on DLI site the CIV Flowchart shown during the presentation? Thank you.

    V/r Saeed Khan, UML.

    • Those two documents, in PDF, are available above.

  18. For the Basic course, are we going to teach online next week (like we did today after lunch), or students would be in class? Thank you.

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