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COVID-19 Employee Resources

During this challenging time, protecting our vulnerable populations is our highest priority. 

Need-to-know information (as of April 2020)

  • To help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), access to WVC buildings is restricted to faculty and staff until further notice. This is in accordance with the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.
  • All events and activities are canceled until further notice.
  • Spring quarter begins on April 6, but instruction and classes will not begin until April 13. The quarter is still scheduled to end on June 19.
  • Spring quarter instruction will be delivered online as much as possible. Faculty will provide more specific instructions to their students via email and/or Canvas before the start of the quarter.
  • Employees should check with their supervisors for specific instructions.

WVC COVID-19 Response

  • Visit wvc.edu/PublicHealth for COVID-19 specific information.
  • Visit wvc.edu/Online for information about how WVC is transitioning services, classes and more online.
  • Questions? Email PublicHealth@wvc.edu to reach our COVID-19 response team.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

FAQ’s for WVC Faculty & Staff

This is a rapidly evolving situation, the most up to date information will be available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health. This webpage will be updated with new information regarding changes to employee leave rules.

If you have a medical condition impacting your ability to report to work, you may request an accommodation. Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46, which prevents all employers, public or private, from failing to provide accommodation to high risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that protects them from risk of exposure to the COVID-19 disease on the job.

Specifically:

  1. The employer must offer high-risk employees alternative work assignments, including telework, alternative, or remote work locations, if feasible, and social distancing measures.
  2. If an alternative work assignment is not feasible, or the employee declines, the employer must allow the employee to use any accrued leave or seek unemployment benefits.
  3. The employer must maintain the employee’s health insurance benefits.
  4. The employer is prohibited from permanently replacing high-risk employees.

This proclamation expires on June 12, 2020, unless extended by the Governor.

If you are at high-risk, as defined by the CDC, and would like to request an accommodation under the Proclamation, please fill out High Risk Employee Accommodation Request form (available on the HR website/Resources or under links on the right side of this page) and send to human resources at tmarker@wvc.edu.

If you have a medical condition impacting your ability to report to work, contact your supervisor and/or HR regarding options available to you.

If you don’t have a medical condition, but are concerned about workplace exposure to the Coronavirus, you have several options depending on your position:

  • Use leave or other benefits if you qualify (see COVID-19 Leave Scenarios & Benefits) under "Links" on this page)
  • Request to telework (teleworking agreement, request and work log for classified staff are all located on the human resources webpage)
  • Request to temporarily adjust your schedule
If you have symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, and not had any known exposure to COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, you need to stay home for seventy two (72) hours after fever is gone and symptoms have improved.
Some employees may be required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to self-quarantine due to possible exposure of COVID-19. Please refer to the below scenarios to have a better understanding of when self-quarantine needs to occur in addition to healthcare provider recommendations.

Persons with a cough and a fever:

Persons who feel fine, displaying no symptoms of illness.

  • BUT your child or someone else in your household has a cough and a fever, but has NOT been tested for COVID-19. The sick person needs to stay home until their fever and symptoms have been gone for 72 hours. You and the rest of the household may continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. Several potential respiratory diseases exist that can cause cough and a fever.
  • BUT a friend of a friend of yours has COVID-19. You may continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. If you have not been around someone with COVID-19, the chances that you contract COVID-19 are fairly low.
  • BUT you are worried about your older or medically-fragile friends and relatives. This is a time to practice social distancing. Refrain from shaking hands, high fives, and hugs. Stand six feet or more from other people. Wash your hands frequently.

You feel fine, displaying no symptoms of illness.

  • BUT you have had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.
    • Call your healthcare provider and monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19.

Visit the CDC’s webpage for more guidance regarding what to do if you believe you may have or been exposed to COVID-19.

If an employee feels fine, not displaying symptoms, but has had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the employee should notify their supervisor immediately.

Supervisors will work with employees to verify if their work can be done remotely. If the employee is provided the opportunity to telework and declines to do so, the employee must use their own accrued leave or leave without pay.

Request to telework by completing the applicable telework form and submitting to HR. Review the teleworking policy and procedure for more details.

  • Teleworking Agreement Form
  • Teleworking Request Form
  • Teleworking Work Log for Classified Staff

Telework resources for employees:

In those instances where a telework arrangement is not feasible, employees who are self-quarantined will be released from work with no loss in pay during the time of self-quarantine for up to no more than 14 calendar days. If the employee starts to display symptoms while at home, the employee will no longer qualify for paid administrative leave and will need to use their own accrued leave. It is vital to stress the importance of the responsibility for employees to consider the health of the workplace and their coworkers by exercising sound judgment and transparency during times of illness.

Employees will be required to submit a request for the self-quarantine leave by providing a self-written statement confirming the circumstance warranting the self-quarantine and should submit the request to executive director of HR, Reagan Bellamy. An email is considered written documentation. A note from a medical provider is not required. WVC retains the right to request written verification confirming the circumstances warranting the self-quarantine, which may include a signed affidavit from an employee.

If an employee contracts or tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to use their own accrued leave. For a complete list of leave options click here and other options click here.

Due to school closures or a childcare provider is closed due to COVID-19, you may:

  • Use sick leave, compensatory time, vacation leave, and/or leave without pay if you are unable to work because of lack of childcare.
  • Request to telework (Note: telework may be approved even if you are the primary provider for child(ren) during telework hours).

Employees may be eligible to apply for Shared Leave, Unemployment Insurance benefits, Industrial Insurance (L&I) benefits or Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML).   The Employment Security Department has published COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available, a useful tool to help understand when unemployment, L&I or PFML may be applicable.

Please continue to protect yourself and families, neighbors and colleagues by staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Whenever possible avoid close contact with people who are sick, and frequently clean touched surfaces and objects.

Remember to treat individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19 with compassion and support – viruses do not discriminate and neither should we. Please speak up if you hear, see or read stigmatizing comments or misinformation.