Returning to the Workplace

Do you have questions about returning to the workplace? Do you know the policies and procedures for keeping yourself and other employees safe? We have all the answers to your questions about returning to the workplace during COVID-19 here.

Please contact your local College or District Office Division Leadership to determine if you are required to return at this time. MCCCD has addressed returning-to-workplace requirements at each college and location site. 

Your health is our number one priority. MCCCD is following CDC, OSHA, and Maricopa Department of Public Health guidelines, to ensure safety requirements are met. Beginning on Monday, March 21, 2022, MCCCD will move to a face covering or mask encouraged environment for all employees, students, and visitors. Social distancing will still be maintianed. MCCCD is also conducting regular cleaning, employees have been asked to complete self-assessments each day before they return, and health and safety training has been provided to employees to ensure they know and follow health and safety standards. 

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices are also in place. These include reiterating the importance of frequent hand washing, encouraging minimal face touching, and advising employees to stay home when sick.

Prior to returning to the workplace, employees will need to complete training provided by Human Resources regarding Returning to the Workplace Refresher Training and supervisors will need to complete the Return to the Workplace Supervisor Toolkit course. This e-learning module will provide ways to return to the workplace and campus in the safest way while protecting the health of our co-workers, students, and visitors. The training is available in the Employee Learn Center.

Yes, if you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19, MCCCD can require you to stay home if you are sick or to leave the worksite and seek medical attention.

Each employee will perform a self-screening at home using a checklist provided in the training, prior to reporting to the office. This will be in good faith that employees will complete self-screenings in order to keep employees, students, and visitors safe. The checklist does not need to be submitted.

If the employee does not exhibit symptoms nothing more is required. If the employee does exhibit symptoms, the employee must report through the Risk Management reporting forms (link to the forms).

If I tested positive for COVID-19, upon my return to the workplace, can MCCCD require a note from my health care provider on my status of COVID-19 to certify that I am fit to return?

Yes, after an employee completes the online reporting form, the information will be reviewed by Risk Management and whether a note from a health provider is needed will be decided on a case by case basis.

MCCCD may ask if employees are experiencing symptoms of the pandemic virus, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.

MCCCD relies on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other public health authorities, and reputable medical sources for guidance on emerging symptoms associated with the disease. This may include questions about if you have recently had close contact with someone who has tested positive or who is exhibiting symptoms of being ill with COVID-19.

Yes, employees may use digital thermometers.

You should complete the online reporting form. After completing the form you will be contacted by Risk Management for further steps. Do not return to the office until you have completed the process with Risk Management.

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Higher-risk people include those with HIV and adults above 65.

High-risk conditions may include asthma (moderate-to-severe), chronic lung disease, diabetes, serious heart conditions, chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis, severe obesity, and being immunocompromised.

Some high-risk employees may be permitted to telecommute or may be able to request FMLA. Employees should work with their college or location site’s Human Resources department for more information regarding high-risk individuals.

If you live with someone who works in an occupation that puts them at higher risk you should discuss available options with your supervisor. Employees may be permitted telecommute or may be able to request FMLA. Employees should work with their college/location Human Resources for more information regarding support for high-risk individuals.