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 implemented the following leave policies related to COVID-19 for eligible employees to use upon request. These leave provisions are designed to help employees care for their families. These leave provisions include advanced leave, compassionate leave, emergency paid sick leave (EPSLA), and emergency family and medical leave expansion act (EFMLEA).

Even if you don't have any symptoms, employees are asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days after the exposure or the return from travel. Non-essential and international travel is still strongly advised against by the CDC.

Because the CDC and other public health entities have stated that the incubation period can range from two to 14 days, if you test too early you may get a false negative. If you feel healthy but have recently been in contact with a person with COVID-19, you should stay home until 14 days after your last exposure, and check your temperature twice a day and check for symptoms of COVID-19.

If possible, stay away from people who are at a higher-risk for contracting COVID-19. You may need to contact your medical provider to discuss if double testing, at least 24 hours apart is applicable to reduce the quarantine period.

Your HR manager will begin by evaluating whether you are eligible to telecommute based on the new telecommute policy. If the answer is yes, you should request to telecommute, your request should be granted and no further investigation will need to be conducted.

If the answer is no, because your position is one that can't be done remotely or there is some history of performance or work ethic problems, then the request to telecommute may be denied. You may still be entitled to take paid sick leave under the EPSLA policy, and/or take regular FMLA leave to tend to your family member's serious health condition, if the criteria are met for those paid leave benefits.

Yes, failure to comply with the standards outlined by MCCCD for returning to the workplace may result in an employee's disciplinary action. Administrative regulations 4.2 and 6.7 support the establishment of a health and safety program and following the guidelines set in that program.

Yes, it means that students should go directly from their transportation to the classroom and back, on a direct route only, as much as possible. This rule is primarily used for students. Employees should also exercise this practice as much as possible. This will help to limit contact and the potential spread of the virus should someone be exposed or asymptomatic. 

Please review the guidelines at each College and the District Office to determine what services and buildings will be available at that specific location. For more detailed information, visit https://cdn.maricopa.edu/documents/pdf/guide_returning_workplace.pdf

Yes, employees can participate in “wellness walks.” Employees need to follow social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Employees will need to be mindful that with the Arizona heat, the reduced activity levels during the telework period and the addition of a face covering, employees will be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Electronic processes should be used whenever feasible. If a transaction has to be done via physical paperwork it can be delivered (again following all safety standards).

Yes, employees may leave for breaks and lunches. With on-campus and cafeterias closed, we understand that some may choose to leave campus for their meals. Again employees must follow safety standards when on campus.