Updated Employee Information Regarding COVID-19 --- 9/17/2021

 

CCPS continues to collaborate with our partners at the Health Department to monitor case rates with regard to the impact of COVID-19 on our schools and community.  It continues to be important that we follow safety guidelines to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools safe places to learn and work.  All persons must wear a cloth face covering when indoors at CCPS facilities and on school busses.

Employees should stay home from work, enter your absence into Absence Management as a sick day, and contact your building administrator or the supervisor where you report to work each day if the following situations apply:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing symptoms identified in the Self-Screening (refer to symptoms below), regardless of your vaccination status
  • A member of your household is COVID-19 positive or being tested for COVID-19*
  • You are a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes within a 24 hour period during the last 2 days) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been determined to be a probable case of COVID-19.*

*Note- Fully vaccinated staff (two weeks after receiving your full vaccination series-2nd shot of Pfizer or Moderna, 1st/Only Johnson & Johnson) should closely monitor your symptoms and may continue to work as long as you remain asymptomatic and wear a mask for 14 days or until receiving a negative COVID test no sooner than 3 days after exposure.

  • You have been advised to isolate or quarantine by the Health Department, a healthcare provider, or an employee health nurse

 

Clarification Regarding Close Contacts for Students- In alignment with the MD State Board of Education’s decision to implement universal mask wearing, a close contact within the indoor classroom setting is defined as being within 3 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes within a 24-hour period during the last 2 days.


Symptom Self-Screening:
Please check your status daily for COVID-19 symptoms and do not report to work if you are experiencing any ONE of the following regardless of your vaccination status: fever of 100 or higher, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or new loss of taste or smell.


Returning to Work:
Staff with COVID-19 related absences will receive follow up from an Employee Health Nurse regarding initial guidance and a member of the Human Resources Team will follow up regarding return to work protocol.


Employee Assistance Program:
The Coronavirus has presented a challenging time for all of us. When it seems things are so focused on helping others, remember you cannot do that important work unless you also help yourself. You may have increased anxieties related to yourself or a loved one contracting the illness or you may be grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition, social distancing can create or increase feelings of loneliness, withdrawal, or depression.

The Carroll County Public Schools' Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for all employees as well as their dependents and household members. The EAP is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  This program is designed to assist employees, dependents, and household members in seeking services such as legal services, financial services, interactive will presentation, identity recovery, child care/elder care, daily living services, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention programs, and organizational services. These services are administered through Deer Oaks EAP and are both free and confidential.

 

Deer Oaks EAP Services Brochure

To access these services please use the following methods:

Phone: 1-866-327-2400

Email: eap@deeroaks.com

Website: www.deeroakseap.com (username and password: carrollk12)

 

 

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to our school communities!