School Closure Frequently Asked Questions
Will the at-risk employees who do not work still be paid?
All essential staff will be asked to work in some capacity. Staff at a higher health risk as identified by the CDC may contact the HR Department to request sick leave. They must provide a medical excuse from their primary physician. Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older;
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility;
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immune compromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
Will classified employees who work be given an increase in pay? (Most grocery stores are giving $2 more an hour.)
No. The District will continue paying all eligible full-time classified staff for their regularly scheduled hours, regardless of the hours they are clocking in TrueTime.
Will masks be provided to staff?
No. Due to limited medical resources, the District is unable to purchase masks.
Who will be in charge of making sure there is not more than 10 people gathered together in the buildings?
Minimal essential staff will be allowed to enter the buildings. Every adult in the workplace will be responsible for assuring compliance for each other’s safety.
Will someone be checking temperatures of the public coming into the buildings?
No. The public will not be allowed to enter the buildings. Employees who are sick should contact their supervisor immediately and should not report to work.
Will people lose their jobs if they are too afraid to report to work?
No. They may request personal leave, vacation leave or unpaid leave.
Will the District make money from the meals provided for children 18 and under or is Child Nutrition providing the meals as a service to our community?
The District will continue to ask for reimbursement for eligible meals being provided. Due to the limited amount of meals being served, the reimbursement will not offset the monthly cost of salary and benefits for the Child Nutrition staff. This is a service to the children in Caldwell that we have been asked to provide by the State Board of Education.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for the CSD at least one year, have worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and have not taken FMLA in the last 12 months. CSD will abide by the rules and regulations established under the Family Medical Leave Act.
To apply for Family Medical Leave, employees must complete the FMLA Request Form and submit it to the Human Resource Department, along with the FMLA Physician's Statement completed by their medical provider. All forms should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the anticipated leave, if possible. Employees with ongoing medical conditions will be required to furnish an updated FMLA Physician's Statement every 30 days.
Approved FMLA leave will run concurrent with all existing accrued paid leave. When paid leave is exhausted, the employee will be placed on unpaid leave. Unpaid leave is deducted at the employee's daily pay rate. For questions regarding FMLA, contact the Human Resource Department.
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