Protocols for Addressing Known/Suspected COVID-19 Exposure in Employees
ELIJA will attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through quick, conscientious, and stringent precautionary actions when employees or students have a known COVID-19 risk (e.g., symptoms, history of exposure to someone with COVID-19 /suspected COVID-19, or travel to a location with high levels of community transmission). Given ELIJA’s obligations to protect its employees and students/clients, ELIJA will determine when employees are approved to return to work. ELIJA will adhere to government issued guidance and directives with regard to staff leaves and returns to work and we will take reasonable and appropriate steps given the changing medical understanding of COVID-19 and changing guidance of public officials.
In most cases of reported illness, under the guidance of the DOH, employees will be initially directed to stay home and keep their direct supervisors informed. The period of time employees will be directed to stay out of work will depend on their symptom evolution or resolution. In cases where the illness does NOT appear consistent with COVID-19 approval to return to work may occur within 3 days and a Doctor’s note may be required. In cases where employee illness seems like it may be consistent with COVID-19, in most cases employees will be asked to stay out of work for at least 7 or more days, and their symptoms have greatly improved or resolved completely. A return to work note from a Doctor and a negative COVID test may be required. In some cases, employees have COVID-19 or who are required to quarantine, might be permitted to work remotely.
With regard to employee travel, employees must inform the Executive Director of any travel plans outside of the tristate area (NY, NJ, and CT), and the Executive Director must report any known travel plans of employees to the CEO for review. All travel requests will be reviewed, and specific precautions will be directed (e.g., potential self-isolation at home prior to returning to work, as well as the potential use of personal time off for this period).
Social Distancing & Reduced Building Occupancy
Employees are expected to follow social and physical distancing guidelines while at work (e.g., stay at least 6 feet away from others within your cohort when this is possible). Physical contact in the workplace (e.g., hand shaking and hugs) is prohibited between staff at this time. Physical contact between staff and learners will occur on an as needed basis.
Central and program administrative staff who were working remotely from the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in March will be phased back to onsite work at reduced building occupancy rates. Occupancy rates will increase incrementally, as approved by our COVID-19 Reopening Team and in adherence with guidance from public health agencies.
Initially, ELIJA will employ a no visitor policy. Essential visitors will be permitted only at the discretion of the Executive Director. Visitors must follow the same infection control protocols as employees (e.g. self-health checks, use of face coverings, use of hand-sanitizer, and social distancing). The person who is meeting with the visitor is responsible for ensuring that the visitors adhere to our safety plan (and MUST wear a face covering at all times when in the facility). Essential vendors (e.g. equipment repair engineers, cleaning company) may enter worksites by appointment only and only with the approval of the Executive Director. As with essential visitors, the employee responsible for arranging the vendor’s visit must ensure that the vendor adheres to our safety plan.