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.

MCCCD has addressed returning-to-workplace requirements at each college and location site. Please see our Employee Return to Work Guidelines

In reopening, your health is our number one priority. We have developed and implemented physical distancing standards, like marking off six-foot spacing with carpet or tape and designating hallways and stairways as one-way.

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

Prior to returning to the workplace, employees will need to complete training provided by Human Resources regarding Returning to the Workplace. 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.

MCCCD has implemented new leave provisions related to COVID-19 for employees' personal use or to help care for their families. This leave is available to eligible employees upon request. Employees should contact their college/location Human Resources for more information.

Advanced Leave is available for employees who have exhausted all accrued leave. The District guidelines on Advanced Sick Leave is available via this link. In brief, it permits employees who accrue leave to be advanced a maximum of 80 hours of sick leave.

Compassionate Leave increases the amount of leave that employees may donate to the Compassionate Leave bank. It is also making it possible for employees to use leave from the Compassionate Leave Bank for COVID 19-related reasons, including the employee's own illness, the employee's need to care for a household member who is ill, and the employee's need to be quarantined. Employees must have exhausted all accrued leave including the advanced sick leave option before applying for Compassionate Leave. This leave is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The District guidelines for Compassionate Leave Related to COVID-19 are available via this link.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSLA) entitles full-time and all part-time employees who cannot work (or telework) to take up to two weeks of paid sick leave if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they are placed under mandatory quarantine by public health authorities. Please see the District guidelines and procedures for additional guidance.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) permits certain employees to take up to twelve weeks of expanded family and medical leave. Under this provision, employees are provided with 12 weeks of leave (the first two unpaid, the remaining 10 paid) if they are unable to work (or telework) due to the need to care for a son or daughter under 18 years of age when the child's school or place of care has been closed due to a public health emergency; or the child care provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency. Please see the District guidelines and procedures for additional guidance.

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 continue with telework arrangements or may be eligible under one of the new leave provisions. Employees should work with their college or location site’s Human Resources department for more information regarding high-risk accommodations.