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MCSD Employee COVID-19 FAQ

NOTE: A pdf of this Employee FAQ can be found here.

1.) Can I travel out of state and come back to work immediately?

Maybe. You must report all non-essential travel itineraries to your supervisor. You must also report whether you have any basis to believe that you have been exposed. You may be required to use vacation, personal leave, and sick leave if you are restricted from work due to possible exposure.

*Non-essential travel is defined as: traveling to any location outside of a fifty (50) mile radius of the District or attending a gathering of more than ten (10) people regardless of the location

2.) I have a trip planned for October, will I have to self-isolate for 14 days upon my return?

Not necessarily. Please see #1. 

3.) What if I need to stay at home with my young child because school or daycare is closed?

You may be eligible to take two weeks off of work to care for the child, plus potentially 10 additional weeks due to the temporary expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You will be required to provide a letter from the daycare provider stating they are no longer taking in your child and a form indicating you are requesting this leave. If you have already exhausted your 60 days of FMLA in the past year, you will not be eligible for the additional 10 weeks of FMLA leave.

4.) Will I be paid fully if I have to stay at home with my young child due to a school or daycare closure?

No. Pursuant to Federal regulation, you will be compensated at ⅔ your regular pay ($200 daily max). The remaining ⅓ (or dollar equivalent) will be supplemented by your personal and/or vacation leaves. After your leaves are exhausted, the remaining portion of your days will be unpaid.

5.) What are these two weeks of extra paid sick leave that are referenced in the Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA)?

You may be eligible for a one-time usage of two weeks of sick leave that is not deducted from your personal sick bank. These reasons include the following:

A. A federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19

B. You have been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.

C. You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and you are seeking a medical diagnosis.

D. You are caring for an individual who is subject to an isolation order or the individual has been advised to self-quarantine.

E. You are caring for your son or daughter whose school or daycare has closed due to COVID-19.

F. You are experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Department of Labor.

You will be required to furnish proof of the need for these two weeks of leave. Please reach out to your supervisor and Dr. Nora Ryan, HR Director for more information.

6.) Will I be paid for these two weeks of additional sick leave available through the FFCRA?

That depends. For reasons A-C, eligible employees will receive 100% of their regular pay, with a daily cap of $511. For reasons D-F, eligible employees will receive ⅔ their regular pay with a daily cap of $200. Eligible employees are required to utilize appropriate paid leave (or go unpaid, if no paid leave is available) for the remaining ⅓ or dollar equivalent that gets them to 100% of their regular pay.

7.) What if I need more time off to care for my child who is home due to a school or daycare closure?

Please refer to #3.

8.) What if my doctor says I need to stay home because I am at a “higher risk” of contracting COVID-19?

If we have medical documentation stating that you should self-isolate, you are eligible to receive two weeks of paid leave. This leave is not deducted from your sick bank. If you need more than two weeks of leave, you will be eligible to use appropriate paid time off, such as sick leave.

9.) What if I need more than 2 weeks off of work?

Please reach out to Dr. Nora Ryan in Human Resources to discuss other leave option available to you.

10.) Do I need to enter leaves during the school closure?

Yes. All leaves should be entered just as you would enter them when school is in session.

11.)  What are my responsibilities while teleworking?

For those employees currently working from home, you are expected to continue to

complete the tasks assigned to you by your supervisors. If you are unable to fulfill the

duties of your job, you will need to take appropriate leave available to you.

12.) Will I still get my full pay during the closure?

In most instances, employees will be compensated for regular wages, less any unpaid

leave deductions if applicable. Employees who were already on leave at the time of

closure should contact Dr. Nora Ryan for specifics related to their circumstances.

13.) Are my insurance benefits maintained during the closure?

Yes. There are no changes to any insurance benefits during the closure.

14.) Do I still have a job once school is back in session?

Yes. We have not laid off or furloughed any employees due to COVID-19.

15.) I’m not feeling great. Can I still report to work?

Do not enter any District facility if you have any of these symptoms: fever over 100 degrees, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms. You may not return to work until the later of 7 days or you have been fever-free for 72 hours without any fever-reducing medication.

16.) I have been around someone who tested positive for COVID 19. Can I report to work?

Every situation is going to be unique. Please report the specific circumstances to your immediate supervisor. From here, they will reach out to HR Director Dr. Nora Ryan and Lead Nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford.

Additional Resources:

MCSD COVID 19 Pandemic Resolution

Department of Labor’s FFCRA FAQs

Department of Labor’s FFCRA Poster

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