EARLY CHILDHOOD STAFF ALERT - MARCH 16, 2020


All Early Childhood Staff, except for central office staff, will remain off-duty the remainder of the next two weeks, unless you are otherwise notified by the Director or Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services, or Center Base Program Manager.

 

As of this date SEK-CAP, Inc. Early Childhood Services has canceled all trainings scheduled for the week of March 23rd. All staff will remain off-duty (not working), unless you are otherwise instructed by the Director of ECHS or the Center Base Program Manager. Those who are part-year employees and have been notified of their layoff for spring break will still be in layoff status effective March 16- 20, (Ft. Scott and Neodesha) and March 23-27th ( All other notified Head Start Staff) as based on the Head Start calendar. If any changes occur, you will be notified via Robo Text. If you have questions contact Kristie Groff, Center base Program Manager.

 

Other information:

 

A new pay code called “Pandemic” is being added in EWS, in the dropdown where you would find “Standard” or “Holiday.” This should be utilized for COVID-19 related absences, including those resulting from service interruption or site closure, personal illness related to the pandemic, and to stay with a dependent if their normal care provider or school is closed due to the KSDE guidance issued yesterday. These absences will not affect your available sick bank. Please note, we are doing all we can to ensure minimal impact to our staff and their families, however, abuse of the Pandemic pay code will be taken very seriously and will result in disciplinary action, up to termination.

 

Employees in lay off status due to Spring Break or utilizing FMLA or Maternity leave, will not use this code as you are already scheduled for, or are currently on layoff, FMLA or Maternity Leave status. All staff currently off of work due to pandemic precaution and placed on spring break layoff the week of 3/23-27 will use the pandemic code for the current week (3/16-3/20). Ft. Scott/ Neodesha centers are on spring break this week and therefore are currently on layoff and will use the pandemic code for the week of 3/23-27.

 

All employees of Center Base or Home Base who would have worked both weeks but were placed on leave due to Pandemic precautionary measures, will use this code for both weeks. (If you have questions please call Krista Wood, or Kristi Groff.)

 

Per the CDC:

 

- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

 

- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

 

- If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

 

Please continue to practice preventative actions such as effective handwashing and monitoring the CDC and KDHE for public health updates.