Winter Shutdown Permanently Extended
The University has decided to permanently extend the annual Winter
Shutdown from one week to two. A full two week shutdown will now become
the norm for the entire University for the foreseeable future.
The original objective in closing the University was budget savings.
There has been a surprising amount of positive feedback from people
In addition to institutionalizing the shutdown, there will be two
additional paid days off in 2004 to assist employees in maintaining full
pay during the shutdown; in all future years, there will be one paid day
This year SLAC will be shutdown on Saturday, December 18 and will renew
work again on Monday, January 3, 2005—except for some special projects.
In the Fall, when science program decisions have been finalized, more
details will be communicated.
SLAC will follow its past practice of allowing staff who have
insufficient time to cover the mandatory days off to borrow from their
2005 Personal Time Off days, their Floating holiday, and, if necessary,
from their January 2005 vacation accrual.
Contact: Lee Lyon, Ext. 2283,