Coronavirus Staff FAQs
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Human Resources FAQs
Q. When should an employee stay home?
A. The Governor has provided recommended guidance for well individuals with potential COVID-19 exposure and for those who are ill with fever or respiratory symptoms (like cough or difficulty breathing). HR has provided a checklist for administrators and supervisors to aid employees.
Q. What should a supervisor or administrator do if they learn an employee is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19?
A. Contact HR administrators (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) prior to taking action or communicating, and we will collaborate on the protocols, communications, and process to follow, keeping individual privacy and safety in mind.
Q. When should an employee return to work?
A. In accordance with the CDC’s guidance, you should stay home and isolate from others until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
- at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- Has had a COVID-19 test, and the results were negative
Q. What are kind of safety precautions are being put in place to protect me as an employee?
- Social distancing guidelines will be implemented to the extent possible. Floor decals and signage will be utilized to note distances of at least six feet apart.
- Employees will be provided with a plastic face shield and expected to use PPE and/or the face shield when outside their work space or when unable to social distance. Cloth face masks are strongly recommended in addition to the face shield.
- Protective physical equipment (PPE) such as a cloth face mask or face covering will be required for students if unable to social distance in areas such as on the bus or within a hallway.
- Employees will be required to complete a health self-assessment prior to the start of their work day. Students may be asked to self-assess depending on the activity.
- Hand-washing and hygiene training will be provided to employees and students.
- All students will have regular hand-washing breaks scheduled during the school day.
- Cleaning and disinfecting continue in each area, on an enhanced schedule. High-touch areas such as handrails and doorknobs will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
- Water fountains will be disconnected. Bottle fillers and sanitizing stations are provided in each building.
- Plexiglass barriers will be installed for public-facing employees.
- Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided for each space in the school, in addition to the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule of the custodial staff.
Q. What kind of additional training will I receive regarding safety protocol as a result of COVID-19?
A. Additional training will be provided as part of Safe Schools this fall.
Q. What if I have underlying health risks that impact my ability to return to a work environment?
A. Contact HR administrators (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) to discuss your specific situation.
Q. What is expected of employees during this time?
A. Unless you are an employee expected to report to work you should not be on district sites during the closure. Our buildings and facilities are closed.
- Salaried employees-Salaries continue; employees should report to or work remotely, or take appropriate leave. If working remotely, check email at least daily, be accessible, and complete work responsibilities as assigned.
- Certified employees-Salaries continue; certified employees should follow the guidance of Supervisor/Administrator, work remotely adhering to expectations, or take appropriate leave. Certified employees should check email at least daily during the week, establish and communicate regular office hours, be available to complete or participate in online PD, participate in virtual interviews, virtual meetings or other projects, virtual PLC collaboration, communication with families/students following the guidance of building/district expectations, provide online resources and continuous learning opportunities for students, complete clerical work as needed for the position. Guidance provided from the Department of Education or other appropriate entity may require an adjustment of these expectations.
- Support/Non-unit employees-Employees may be asked to work remotely or come into the office to complete necessary work, depending on the situation need.
Q. The stress is taking its toll. What resources do you have for me or my students and families?
A. WDMCS partners with Employee and Family Resources (EFR) to provide resources for both staff and students.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides support for anxiety, depress, job stress, wellness concerns, and much more. To talk to a counselor, please call 800-327-4692, or contact them online.
Similarly, families can reach out for EFR through their Student Assistance Program (SAP).
General COVID-19/Cleaning FAQs
Q: What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A: Staff and community members can help by following these simple, easy steps that help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19. Practice the same routine hygiene used to help prevent the cold and flu.
- Regularly wash hands.
- Stay home, especially when sick.
- Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.
Q: What is WDMCS doing to clean buildings?
- Clorox 360 Spray System. The buildings are being cleaned with a disinfectant that covers all surfaces.
- Disinfected sections will be taped off to prevent individuals from entering cleaned areas. Some areas will be cleaned regularly if they are used by essential staff or contractors.
- All activities and events have been canceled to prevent re-contamination throughout buildings.