As snow covered the University last week, students across campus frolicked in the absence of classes. But for some, the wintery weather didn’t mean time off, as the University remained in Condition 2: Suspended Operations — where classes are canceled, but the University remains open for mandatory operations. This means some workers, like employees of Carolina Dining Services, must still report to work.
“The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority in making any weather-related decision about campus operations,” Kate Luck, a University spokesperson, said in an email. “Regardless of the condition the University is operating in, we encourage all our employees to use their best judgment about their ability to travel safely to and from campus and to work with their supervisor if they have any concerns.”
But somebody has to feed all of those hungry kids.
Scott Weir, the general manager of CDS, said he reviews the procedures every December to ensure the dining halls are always able to feed students while also keeping his staff safe.
“CDS provides transportation and housing as necessary throughout adverse weather events to facilitate needed staff being able to come to work,” Weir said. “For this most recent adverse weather event, we housed employees in local hotels on Tuesday night in advance of the storm to ensure we would get Chase Hall open. We have continued to shuttle and house CDS employees this week.”