- What measures are being taken to ensure my safety?
Our DCSD Restart Plan has been endorsed by the Delta County Health Department. Face masks are required for all staff/students who are 11 years old or older, or have a medical condition. Schools and departments have developed a schedule for increased cleaning and disinfecting. To the extent possible, social distancing will be practiced. Transition times and movement around the building will be lessened. Schools will be teaching and reinforcing proper handwashing, good health and hygiene etiquette. Provision of cleaning supplies have been increased. We will limit the sharing of supplies and devices. Water fountains have been turned off and students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Where possible, the layout of rooms will be modified to create distance between students. Where possible, schedules have been designed to keep groups of students together. Schools will have a designated isolation room for those exhibiting symptoms.
- Who do I contact if I have symptoms related to COVID-19?
You should contact your administrator or supervisor.
- Do I have to use my sick leave if I have health concerns and have to shelter in place with doctor’s orders?
Not Immediately. First, all employees will receive 10 days (80 hours or equivalent to their typical workday hours) for qualifying reasons under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The days do not have to be used consecutively. Staff must submit documentation from a Federal, state, or local government order or a health professional to receive FFCRA days. Delta County Schools awards your yearly cumulative earned sick leave at the beginning of the school year for use as needed. If you remain employed for the entire school year, these additional days provide the advantage of a number of days readily available for leave.
- What are the qualifying reasons under FFCRA?
- Subject to a quarantine or isolation order issued by a Federal, State, or Local Authority.
- Advised by a healthcare provider to self‐quarantine.
- Experiencing symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis.
- Caring for an individual described in #1 or #2.
- Caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider unavailable) due to COVID‐19 related reasons. (If this reason is provided, consult with HR immediately as there are implications for pay.)
- Experiencing any other substantially-similar conditions specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- I have felt ill and have reasons to suspect that I have been exposed to COVID-19 but have not been tested. When can I return to work?
- You may not return to school usually until 10 days from symptom onset, 24+ hours fever free, and improving symptoms.
- If your symptoms are diagnosed as a result of other illness (flu, STREP, allergies, etc.) you may return to work when symptoms have improved.
- If I am exposed will I be required to stay home and isolate/self-quarantine?
If you are exposed, report the exposure to school administration. Depending on the type of exposure, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days, unless you test after day 5 and receive a negative result. In that case you may return on day 7 from your exposure, if you are symptom free for 24 hours.
- Am I allowed to return to work if I have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and have not tested positive?
You may return to work after 10 days from exposure. If you receive a negative test after day five, you may return on the seventh day from exposure if you have been symptom free for 24 hours.
- I have received a positive COVID-19 test, when can I return to work?
You may not return to school usually until 10 days from symptom onset, 24+ hours fever free, and improving symptoms.
- What if I’m afraid that I could contract COVID-19, bring it home to my family, or expose my elderly or immunocompromised family member?
You should discuss your concerns with your administrator to determine if you have a qualifying reason to utilize FFCRA leave.
- What should I do if someone who lives in my home has been exposed to COVID-19?
Your exposure is indirect and would be considered secondary. You could report to work or seek a diagnosis and request leave under the FFCRA guidelines.
- Will my class be quarantined if a child in the class tests positive for COVID-19?
Positive cases of COVID 19 will be immediately reported to the Delta County Health Department and a decision will be made on who should be quarantined, contact tracing, and communication with parents. Because health guidelines are constantly evolving, the Delta County Health Department will be considered the most current source for any decisions made.
- If my class or school has to transition to Distance Learning, what is my responsibility?
If staff is allowed to work in the building, certified staff will be expected to report to their building during regular work hours. A decision will be made at that time regarding what options are available for support staff.
- If the school building closes, will I be expected to work?
Distance Learning will continue if the school closes to In-Person instruction. A decision will be made at that time of which staff members may continue at their normal work location, work from home, or have alternative duties assigned.
- What is the impact on extracurricular coaches and sponsors in the event activities are cancelled for a season?
The coach/sponsor may decide between choosing not to receive their extracurricular stipend or assuming alternative duties to receive the stipend.
- If the school moves to Distance Learning due to COVID-19, do those days count against my FFCRA leave days?
The days do not count against your FFCRA days as long as you are well and able to teach virtually. If you are sick or unable to teach for COVID-19 related reasons, you would use the FFCRA days. If you are not able to teach due to other reasons, you would use your sick/personal leave days.
- What do I do if my childcare is closed due to COVID-19?
FFCRA allows for up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
- What if I don’t want anyone to know if I contract COVID-19?
We will not reveal the name of an infected staff member to others in the school
- What if I am identified as a member of a vulnerable group (due to age or health condition) and desire to teach/work from home?
Individuals seeking accommodations should work with their supervisors (who may in turn consult with Human Resources) to see if there are modifications that can be made to the employee’s duties/environment. Working from home is most likely not a reasonable accommodation when school is in session as students require in-person instruction, supervision, and care.
- If I have an underlying condition or a disability, how will you make accommodations to keep me safe?
You will follow the normal procedures and talk to your administrator at your school to reach an agreement about what accommodations can be put into place. The accommodations will be made on an individual basis and follow all American with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections.
- Who will pay for my doctor bills if I contract COVID 19?
Health insurance is one of the benefits of employment with the Delta County School District should you need to use it for COVID 19.
- Will there be time for staff to prepare to start school?
Teachers will have five days of pre-planning designed for professional development and to prepare for the return of students. Administrators are developing individual school plans.