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NCPS Student Health Beginning of the Year Training

Nash County Public School nurses have put together a narrated google slide presentation that contains the required training for all staff including information about:
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Medications
  • Emergency Procedures and
  • COVID-19
In lieu of an in-person opening day meeting presentation, NCPS staff can view the presentation on their own. School nurses will have a sign-in sheet for each school to document completion.
 

Any employee in need of an accommodation request form, telework forms or leave request form must see their supervisor to discuss their options and receive the appropriate documents.

Work Schedules/Hours

Supervisors have discretion to set employee work schedules and hours as needed for operations. Modifications to work hours to minimize potential risk of infection, including social distancing and disinfection may include:

  • Staggered reporting and departure times 
  • Combination of telework and on site work schedules 
 

Remote working (teleworking) is available only to employees whose essential work duties, or duties assigned to them by their supervisor during the duration of the COVID-19-related school closures, can be performed at a location not operated by the District, and who have received written authorization from their supervisor to complete work remotely. The decision whether to grant an individual employee permission to telework is within the discretion of each supervisor, subject to review by the Superintendent.

Protecting Vulnerable Populations:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently defines individuals who are at increased risk for serious or severe illness to include: 

  • People who are 65 years of age or older;
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility;
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including people with:
    • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • Serious heart conditions
    • A compromised immune system:
    • A compromised immune system may be caused by many conditions, e.g.: cancer treatments, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • Hemoglobin disorders
    • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher)
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • Liver disease
 

Nash County Public School employees have the option of self-identifying as high-risk and discussing with their supervisor various options for accommodating their health issues while still accomplishing the essential functions of their job duties.  If an accommodation is not possible there are leave options that may be available to employees.  Supervisors will document the request for accommodations using the COVID-19 Temporary Accommodations Request Form.


The form consists of two (2) parts:

  • COVID-19 Temporary Accommodations Request Form which should be completed by any employee who is requesting an accommodation because they identify as high risk; and
  • Medical Certification Form which should be completed when the employee is requesting the accommodation because of a medical condition (employees who are requesting an accommodation because they are 65 or older would not need to complete this portion of the form).

Employee Leave Options:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their

employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Qualifying Reasons for FFCRA Leave:

Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for paid sick time if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) due to a need for leave because the employee:

  • is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  • has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  • is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
  • is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19; or
  • is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.

Under the FFCRA, an employee qualifies for expanded family leave if the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.

 

Two types of leave are available under the FFCRA:

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
  • Emergency - Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (E-FMLA)

 

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)

The EPSLA provides two weeks (80 hours) of leave for an employee unable to work or telework due to a covered reason. This applies to permanent (full-time and part-time), and temporary employees regardless of start date. This leave expires December 31, 2020. 


Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (E-FMLA)

The E-FMLA expands FMLA to cover leave needed because of childcare related to COVID-19. It applies to permanent (full-time and part-time), and temporary employees who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days at the time the leave is requested. Regular FMLA eligibility rule does not apply (have worked 1250 hours in the past 12 months).  This leave expires December 31, 2020. 

 

For specific leave related questions, staff may contact Kalithia Williams, Benefits Specialist, at kawilliams@ncpschools.net