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Protocol for COVID-19: Employees Returning to Work on Campus

Howard Community College is concerned for the health and safety of its campus community. The nature of the COVID-19 disease is such that actions taken by you affect not only your well-being but also the well-being of every person with whom you interact and share the campus. To promote the health and safety of our shared community, we are implementing the following for employees returning to work on campus.

Employees who are able to telework should be encouraged to continue teleworking until the college has reached Phase 3 (“new normal”) of the college’s re-opening plan. However, there may be circumstances where employees need to return to the campus to perform their assigned duties. If this occurs, all employees entering campus are required to wear facial coverings, are required to complete the COVID-19 health screening form, and are encouraged to complete two online trainings, COVID-19 Information and COVID-19 Myths Busted for campus access. Any individual answering YES to any of the screening questions on the survey should return home immediately and are encouraged to consult with their doctor.

No individual should enter campus buildings without wearing facial coverings in public spaces on campus and completing the COVID-19 survey. Employees may remove their facial coverings only if they are working in a private office with no one else in the office. Refusal to wear a facial covering or to complete the COVID19 screening can result in disciplinary action. If an employee cannot wear a facial covering, they will need to consult with Human Resources and may be required to use leave for the period they are not able to wear a facial covering and come to campus to perform their duties.

If an employee is unable to telework and is requested to return to campus to perform their duties and is at higher risk for serious illness because of age or a serious long-term health issue or has someone in the same household at risk or on self-quarantine, they should consult with Human Resources. Individuals may be required to use leave for the period they are not able to return to campus to perform their duties. 

If employees have plans to leave the country for vacation or other reasons, they will be required to telework for a 14-day self-quarantine period upon their return to the U.S. If they cannot telework, they must use safe/sick leave with their supervisors approval. Employees should refer to the safe/sick leave policy to determine if the member of the household qualifies the employee for sick leave usage.

The college will advance safe/sick leave, if no accrued leave is available, capped at 10 days for employees who are impacted by an individual living in the immediate household under quarantine (immediate documentation not required). Any advanced leave is repayable to the college as annual and sick leave balances accrue. Employees will be required to utilize their own personal, annual or sick leave to self-quarantine.

Please contact Andrea Black (ablack@howardcc.edu) in Human Resources for further guidance.

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