Florida State University has announced that come early August, it will not continue to allow employees to work from home while simultaneously taking care of their children.

"In March 2020, the University communicated a temporary exception to policy which allowed employees to care for children at home while on the Temporary Remote Work agreement," read an email to staff, according to multiple outlets including Tallahassee-based WCTV2.

"Effective Aug. 7, 2020, the University will return to normal policy and will no longer allow employees to care for children while working remotely."

Dr. Jenny Root — an assistant professor of special education at FSU and mother to a 4-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter — tweeted about the incident, saying she "can't even process" it and telling The Lily that her "initial thought" was, " 'Well, what am I supposed to do with [my kids]?' "

"None of us are enjoying this. It makes me feel like I'm failing at everything I do," Root told The Lily, saying FSU powers that be are "acting like they gave us this privilege to watch our children while we worked — when that's literally what I had to do." In a statement to The Lily, FSU Associate Vice President for Human Resources Renisha Gibbs said, "As FSU looks toward resuming normal campus operations — as conditions allow — we felt a responsibility to provide our employees notice of our intention to return to our standard telecommuting agreement that requires dependent or child-care arrangements while working remotely."

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