COVID FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - USD 428 Employees

Employee - Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about the Covid-19 Vaccine. When will it be available and how much will it cost?

We are in the planning stages for delivering this vaccination to employees.

Important facts to note:

  • Vaccinations will be provided to employees free of charge.

  • Vaccinations are not required. They are simply offered as one more mitigation strategy.

  • Vaccinations fall under HIPAA protected information. Your preference to be vaccinated or not will only be shared within the Human Resources (HR) Department and with those medical professionals who need to know.

  • More information about the COVID-19 Vaccination can be found on the Mayo Clinic's website - https://tinyurl.com/y83rgh5k

At this point, we have limited information on when vaccines will be available or where they will be given.

We will do our best to keep you informed as more information becomes available. If we can, we will arrange for these vaccinations to be given at convenient times. Vaccinations will require two shots with about 3 to 4 weeks between each dose. Further, we are not sure if we will receive Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as this will be dependent upon shipments from the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

Other questions may be directed to John Popp at the DEC, but understand that there is not a lot of information available at this point.

Where can I find more information about the safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

More information about the COVID-19 Vaccination can be found on the Mayo Clinic's website - CLICK HERE

Will USD 428 require me to get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

No, employees will not be required to get the vaccination. The vaccination will be offered as a mitigation strategy.

Important facts to note:

  • Vaccinations will be provided to employees free of charge.

  • Vaccinations are not required. They are simply offered as one more mitigation strategy.

  • Vaccinations fall under HIPAA protected information. Your preference to be vaccinated or not will only be shared within the Human Resources (HR) Department and with those medical professionals who need to know.

  • More information about the COVID-19 Vaccination can be found on the Mayo Clinic's website - https://tinyurl.com/y83rgh5k

I am not feeling well and am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, what do I do?

If you are sick, stay home. Consult a medical professional as needed. If you choose to get tested here are some testing options:

  • Barton County Health Department, Drive-Thru testing (recently expanded)

    • Mondays - 1pm - 3pm

    • Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am - 12pm

    • Complete the COVID-19 testing form in advance - CLICK HERE

  • Univ. of KS Hospital, St. Rose Convenient Clinic

  • Heart of Kansas Healthcare - patients only

  • Clara Barton Hospital

  • Express Wellness

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to school/work. Please see the Self-Screen information for a list of COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is the decision of the employee. The district, in most cases, will not mandate testing for an employee. If you choose to get tested, notify your supervisor to let them know while you await test results.

If you choose to get tested, here are some testing options:

  • Barton County Health Department, Drive-Thru testing (recently expanded)

    • Mondays - 1pm - 3pm

    • Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am - 12pm

    • Complete the COVID-19 testing form in advance - CLICK HERE

  • Univ. of KS Hospital, St. Rose Convenient Clinic

  • Heart of Kansas Healthcare - patients only

  • Clara Barton Hospital

  • Express Wellness

I tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do next?

Notify your immediate supervisor immediately. The supervisor will discuss your position and the opportunities available to you. Some positions allow for working from home while others do not.

  • Licensed: If you are able to work from home you will not need to use FFCRA leave or other leave. However, if you are too sick, need to care for a child, etc., you do not need to feel obligated to work from home. FFCRA leave will be entered for you.

  • Classified: If you are able to work from home, you need to clock in and out from home for any hours worked at home. You should only clock in for hours worked - the rest of your time card will be filled in by Payroll to complete your contracted time.

  • ALL: If you are unable to work from home, FFCRA leave will be entered for you and you do not need to enter anything into your timesheet. If you run out of FFCRA leave time, your supervisor or Kathy Roberts will contact you about other options available to you.

Q: I (or a family member) am waiting for test results. What do we need to do?

If you, or someone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and have been tested, all members of your household should stay home until the results are received.

  • If results are positive - the positive individual will need to isolate for 10 days or until 72 hours symptom-free, whichever is greater. Family members will begin a household quarantine which extends 10 days beyond the initial quarantine for the positive individual. Please refer to the BCHD for additional information or contact your school nurse if you have questions.

  • If results are negative - you and your family members can return to work/school

How long will I be quarantined after being a “close contact”?

Below are guidelines for various quarantine scenarios. Please consult the Barton County Health Department, your school nurse, or principal with questions specific to your scenario.

  • Close Contact - Quarantine for close contact (defined below), is now 10 days assuming no symptoms develop. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate for 10 days or until you are 72 hours fever free, whichever is greater.

  • Family Contact - This quarantine period is roughly 20 days from the date your household member develops symptoms. Due to continued exposure to the positive individual for the duration of their 10-day quarantine, an additional 10-14 day quarantine is then required to monitor the potential incubation of the COVID-19 virus before symptoms would appear.

How do I know if I am a “close contact?”

You are a "close contact" if any of the following situations happened while you spent time with a person with has COVID-19 (and 48 hours prior to their symptoms developing):

  • Were within 6 feet of the person for 10 cumulative minutes or more

  • Had contact with the person's respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items)

  • Live with the person or stayed overnight for at least one night in a house with the person

Does wearing a mask prevent quarantine from classroom exposure or "close contact" at school?

No, a mask does not prevent quarantine when a person is defined as a "close contact." USD 428 adheres to the guidance and recommendations of the Barton County Health Department. While wearing a mask is shown to reduce the risk and slow the spread of Covid-19, a mask does not prevent a student/teacher from being quarantined if they fall within the following description of "close contact."

  • Student/staff member was within 6 feet of the positive person for 10 cumulative minutes or more

  • Student/staff member had contact with the person's respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items)

Contact tracing is conducted by the school nurse and building administration using seating charts and other investigative tools, all while protecting the individuals privacy.

Can teachers work remotely if quarantined or experiencing mild symptoms?

If the teacher is quarantined because of a close contact, and they are not experiencing symptoms (or in the case they are experiencing mild symptoms), they can work remotely. If the teacher is experiencing symptoms and unable to work remotely, they will utilize the 10 days of FFCRA Leave.

Can staff work remotely if quarantined?

Most classified staff will be unable to work remotely as the nature of the positions cannot be completed from home. If staff members are quarantined because of a close contact, and the direct supervisor gives tasks to be completed from home, then they can clock in and out while completing those tasks.

Will leave come out of a staff member’s personal leave bank?

Leave will not be deducted for the first 10 days. Once the 10 days are used, they are exhausted. If the Staff member were to need to be out for COVID-19 again and they had utilized all the days, they would have to use their own leave time from their leave bank. Approved leave under the FFCRA is not deducted from an employees’ leave bank.

*Depending on the timing of notification from the employee and payroll processing, personal leave time could be deducted but would later be adjusted once FCCRA leave was approved.

If I test positive for COVID-19, will I be paid?

Under FFCRA employees will be paid up to 10 days of their normal contracted hours of pay. Once FFCRA runs out, employees will be paid for any days they are able to use their accumulated sick or personal leave. If all leave is exhausted, employees will request FMLA leave for the remaining time to protect their job position, but at this point, the FMLA leave will be unpaid.

What is Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. This act remains in place through December 31, 2020. FFCRA Employee Rights Notice should be posted at every building with the Wage & Hour Posters.

More information regarding the FFCRA can be found by visiting: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave.