Once again, the Grand Prix of Baltimore is scheduled to take place this year over Labor Day weekend, Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1. RaceOn Baltimore is working with the city to finalize a traffic plan. In past years, the closing of Russell Street and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) changes caused some traffic backups and delays in getting downtown, especially on the Thursday before the race.
In anticipation of those delays, I am granting liberal leave that will be in effect at UMB on Thursday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Aug. 30.
During liberal leave, employees who have not been designated as "essential employees" may elect to report to work, or to take accrued annual, holiday, personal, or compensatory leave, or leave without pay without the benefit of prior supervisory approval. Non-essential employees should notify their respective department supervisors if they decide to take liberal leave on Aug. 29 and 30.
Unless otherwise instructed by their supervisors, essential employees, such as police and maintenance personnel, must report to work as usual on Aug. 29 and 30. The liberal leave decision does not apply to University employees who are not based in Baltimore, such as those at the Universities at Shady Grove.
If you plan to work during this period, please allow extra time to commute. If you use mass transit, be sure to check with the MTA (mta.maryland.gov/quick-schedule-links) to learn of route or schedule changes. The UM shuttle will run on a modified schedule. Check www.umaryland.edu/shuttlebus for route/schedule information.
In the coming weeks, we will update you on garage schedules that may change due to the Grand Prix. That information also will be listed on UMB’s Baltimore Grand Prix website at www.umaryland.edu/grandprix/. Details related to the race itself are available at www.grandprixofbaltimore.com/.
No major University events are being planned for Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2; however, UMB will remain open with reduced activity.
Faculty, staff, and students in schools that offer clinical services will receive separate notifications from their deans regarding clinical schedules. Please keep in mind that the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is not subject to this determination. Therefore, UMMC leadership will communicate plans for medical center clinical services separately. And, lastly, leadership at each school will make their own determination about class schedules and cancellations.
Jay A. Perman, MD