Summary of COVID-19 Related Leave Options

  • Employee has COVID-19 or is under quarantine/isolation by authorities or healthcare provider due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure:

    Option 1: If ordered to stay home by health director, paid “Contagious Disease” leave per Benefits Manual (see below)
    Option 2: If not ordered by health director to stay home for Contagious Disease leave, use accrued leave (sick, annual, personal leave)
    Option 3: If employee develops serious health condition, may be eligible for regular FMLA

    Employee is caring for an individual who has COVID-19 or is under quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19:

    Option 1: Use accrued leave (sick, annual, personal leave)
    Option 2: If immediate family member develops serious health condition as result of COVID-19, may be eligible for regular FMLA under existing rules
    Option 3: If employee has exhausted all accrued leave options, request absence without pay

    Employee needs to care for employee’s own child because school or paid childcare is closed due to COVID-19:

    Option 1: Use accrued leave (annual, personal leave)
    Option 2: Request absence without pay

    Contagious Disease Policy (NC Public Schools Benefits and Employment Policy 9.4.1) If an employee is ordered by the director of the county’s health department to leave his/her work environment to control the spread of contagious disease or to protect the health of an employee, the employee can be reassigned to a safe environment under conditions agreed by county health director OR placed on leave with pay for period set by medical director - and not charged to the employee’s leave balance. Updated

    January 6, 2022
    : With the surge of positive Covid cases and Covid exposures, ABSS will now accept digital communication (text messages) in lieu of a written isolation letter ONLY from the Alamance County Health Department (ACHD) or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). We CANNOT accept communications from your testing site (such as CVS, Walgreens, OPTUMServe, etc.) or a home test result.

    The digital communication (text message) must include the employee's full name and isolation period. All isolation notices for employee Contagious leave absences should be sent to my attention: cheryl_mckinney@abss.k12.nc.us.

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