Exposure to COVID-19
Procedures for Employees
The threat of exposure to the COVID-19 virus will be something our community will continue to face for the unforeseen future. How our district responds to confirmed exposure should be based on current information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the best interest of our employees based on common sense practices. We can remain safe while continuing our mission at Mid-Del Public Schools.
There are three categories we need to look at when it comes to exposure to COVID-19:
Positive COVID test result. In the event an employee tests positive for COVID, that individual should notify their supervisor and Human Resources as soon as possible and cease reporting to work. An individual who tests positive may return to work 10 calendar days after testing as long as respiratory symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
Symptomatic for COVID/not tested. If an employee has not tested for COVID, but exhibits COVID symptoms (particularly fever), this individual should notify their supervisor and Human Resources as soon as possible and cease reporting to work. In order to return to work, at least 10 calendar days would need to have passed since symptoms first appeared, the employee would need to fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), and an improvement in any respiratory symptoms.
COVID-19 related symptoms may include the following:
Fever or chills
Cough or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
NEW loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Known Exposure (Close Contact) to positive COVID-19 individual. Close contact is described as being within 6 feet of a confirmed infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. Even if an employee does not have symptoms, they should notify their supervisor and Human Resources as soon as possible and cease reporting to work. The employee may return to work 14 calendar days from the date of first exposure, provided they are not symptomatic. If the employee becomes symptomatic during this time, refer to the appropriate category above.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to protect the medical information of an employee from being shared with colleagues. However, anyone working in the department or building of an employee who tested positive would be notified of the risk of exposure with a reasonable effort to protect the employee’s information. Whether additional staff would need to be quarantined would depend on the amount of known exposure. Employees who fall under one of the three categories listed above would need to complete a Fitness for Duty form prior to returning to work.
Paid emergency sick leave may be available for qualifying employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This act makes available up to 80 hours of paid sick leave (two work weeks) for full-time employees (or the equivalent of the average number of hours over two weeks for part-time employees) for the following reasons:
The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
The employee has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order related to COVID-19.
The employee is caring for their son or daughter if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, or the childcare provider of the son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions.
The employee is 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 Secretary of Labor.
Instructions for applying for FFCRA leave are included above.
COVID-19 Return to Work Flowchart
Families First Coronavirus Relief Act
What You Should Know About COVID-19 Exposure