Personal Preparedness

All employees are urged to take basic preventive measures to prepare themselves and their families to avoid exposure to or infection by the virus causing COVID-19. 

Employees are encouraged to contact the college's Employee Assistance Program at 800-327-2255 for help with feelings of stress or anxiety about these events. 

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Website

We encourage employees to explore the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's How to Protect Yourself and Others webpage. There are many useful tips and resources to help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, including information regarding

  • How It Spreads
  • Protect Yourself
  • Cloth Face Covers
  • Cleaning Your Home
  • Social Distancing 

This is just a section of the CDC's large website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Well Employees

Well employees are those who are considered able to work, even if they have been in contact with or are caring for someone who is ill with an ordinary respiratory illness — in which case, typical preventive measures are recommended for them as caregivers. 

While affording for maximum flexibility, well employees are expected to continue working remotely, and well employees who are essential personnel and have supervisory and VP approval to continue to work on campus may be asked to come to work unless they have been: 

  • Caring for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in which case their local health department will require that they self-quarantine. 
  • In a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice or Japan in the last 14 days. 
  • In the same household as someone who is quarantined. 

Workers at Higher Risk

Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their risk of infection. 

All employees not designated essential personnel are expected to continue working remotely. As specified in our email from March 13, non-essential employees who found themselves unable to work from home on March 16 will not be required to use paid time away for that day, but are expected to work with their supervisors to determine ways to begin remote work promptly. If the employee’s work may not be accomplished remotely, they may use personal leave or vacation accruals if they wish to stay out of the workplace entirely. 

If an essential employee is at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agrees that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent but does not feel that full removal from the workplace is needed, the employee should contact the Office of Human Resources to formally request a temporary change. Human Resources will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining appropriate operations. A doctor’s note may be required. 

More information regarding expectations of essential employees can be found in Pay Policies and Work Practices.