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COVID-19 Related Leave

Frequently Asked Questions

As announced via email on June 10, 2021, the District will return employees to work in force on July 12, 2021 (an extension from the previous June 15, 2021 date).

On June 15, 2021, California reopened its economy in what is termed Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Part of that effort is to encourage schools and colleges to move back to onsite classes for fall. Many of our students are eager to return to their college experience, and we need to work toward offering a full array of onsite services to students in the fall.

No. As an essential worker, it is vital to the success of the institution and of our students that we open back up and welcome students back on campus. Unless you have been approved to continue to work from home because the functions of your position make that an appropriate work modality, the College needs you back on campus.

No. The decision to vaccinate is a personal one. There is no requirement from the California Department of Public Health, the Merced County Department of Public Health, or from the College that employees vaccinate before returning to work.

Legal guidance on this point has changed. Employees are not required to report vaccination status to each other, but the employer may require confirmation of vaccination. However, at this point in time, the College is not requiring vaccination proof and does not have plans to require employees to provide proof.

Co-workers should not question the vaccination or health status of other employees as this is a private and personal matter.

Common Sense Standards: California is recommending that employers and employees operate under common sense protocols, which means that we take whatever steps practicable to protect ourselves and others while still going about our business.

Masks: Unvaccinated employees must continue to be required to wear a mask. It is anticipated that Governor Newsom will sign an Executive Order stating that as of June 17, 2021, vaccinated employees are not required to wear a mask in the workplace. The College expects employees to operate on an honor system when it comes to masking: we will not be asking employees for proof of vaccination but ask that out of respect for one’s own safety and the safety of others, unvaccinated employees continue to mask. Any employee who is more comfortable masked is free to continue to mask.

Social Distancing: Social distancing is no longer a requirement, but employees should use common sense when meeting with others: if space is available, then distance to the degree you are able to. For summer and fall classes, classes are being held in the largest classroom available to allow for practical distancing of students.

The Children’s Center and College for Kids are exceptions to these rules: Childcare Centers must still operate under the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health and College for Kids has additional requirements.

More information on protocols for daily activities is available on safely reopening California


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