Employee COVID-19 Information
This page has been created to provide employees with information about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects upon them.
Employee Testing & Protocols for COVID-19
Effective March 16, 2020 at noon, all state agencies and authorities must abide by the following protocols for employees who report symptoms of illness associated with the COVID-19 virus. Any symptomatic employee should not report to work. As the number of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases, all New York state employees must monitor themselves for possible symptoms, such as:
- shortness of breath, or
- respiratory infection/distress.
Any employee experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 shall immediately report symptoms to their supervisor and the agency/authority’s human resources (HR) personnel. The supervisor and HR official will immediately direct the employee to leave work, if they are currently at work, or stay home, if they are not at work, and self-quarantine as a precaution. The supervisor shall request and record the latest contact information for the employee, including home or mobile telephone numbers, so that HR personnel can reach them for follow-up information. If the employee is experiencing severe symptoms and requires urgent medical attention, the supervisor should call 911 and notify the dispatcher that the distressed employee may have COVID-19 symptoms, so that emergency medical service responders may use appropriate precautions.
The HR official will deploy facility maintenance personnel to clean and disinfect the suspected employee’s work area, including their desk, chair, telephone, desktop and computer equipment. Facility maintenance staff should also clean the nearby common areas, including but not limited to door handles/push plates, light switches, elevator buttons, door handles/push plates, break room tables and chairs, as well as kitchen and restroom faucets.
Additional cleaning guidance can be found at www.ny.gov/coronavirus.
Classified & Professional Employees On-Campus & Alternate Work Locations for Fall 2020
As local K-12 schools are developing their plans for the upcoming school year, we recognize the general anxiety and uncertainty around childcare for those children learning remotely. SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to supporting our employees affected by these challenges. Therefore, we have developed a Request for Reasonable Accommodation – COVID (School-Aged Children) form that we can offer to classified and professional employees this fall.
This is in addition to the previously announced provision for those employees that are in a high-risk category, or live with someone who is. Those employees can complete the newly-designed Request for Reasonable Accommodation – COVID (Medical) form.
Departments (in concert with their vice president) are encouraged to work with each employee with an accommodation request (School-Aged Children or Medical) to establish a hybrid model of employees working both on campus and remotely, where appropriate. This will be based on the operational needs of each department while supporting the needs of the college.
All requests for accommodation should be emailed to Human Resource Services at [email protected]
Winter Break Remote Work Program for Non-Teaching Positions
Due to the changes to the academic calendar for the end of the Fall 2020 semester and the start of the Spring 2021 semester, the college is shifting to a remote work model for the winter break for those positions that are not required to report to campus. The exact dates allowed will vary by department, but may include the time period between Monday, November 23, 2020 and Friday, February 5, 2021. The college will be open for business during this time and we must provide continuity of operations but this can be accomplished remotely for many areas. By shifting to remote work, this allows for greater social distancing as we navigate COVID during the cold and flu season.
Department managers will be working with their respective vice president to determine their level of participation in this program and the dates they are expected to do so. All employees participating in the program will be required to complete the Winter Break Remote Work Program Attestation. This form includes employee information, a description of duties and an agreement that all federal and state laws, rules and policies will continue to be followed during this program. Records of work activities will be maintained by the supervisor on a weekly basis, via the Work Log for Alternate Work Location COVID-19 Google Form.
- Request for Reasonable Accommodation – COVID (Medical)
- Request for Reasonable Accommodation – COVID (School-Aged Children)
- Winter Break Remote Work Program Attestation
- Work Log for Alternate Work Location COVID-19 Google Form (must be accessed through Google Chrome with your SUNY Plattsburgh credentials)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What type of leave accrual should I charge?
- What is an Essential or Non-Essential Employee?
- If I do NOT have direct deposit, can I still pick up my paycheck in Human Resource Services?
- What options do I have if I, or someone in my immediate household, is at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
- What options do I have if my school-aged dependent will be learning remotely or with a hybrid schedule this academic year?
- What options do I have if my dependent’s school or place of care is closed, or whose childcare provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19?