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COVID-19 Information for SLOCOE Employees

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COVID-19 Employee Health & Safety Protocols

Updated 07/06/2021

Employee Health Protocols

All staff are expected to follow Public Health Guidelines for physical distancing, face covering and hygiene, and additional measures as noted below:

Perform a daily self-assessment before you come to work. Employees who display signs of illness will be sent home.

  • Do not come to work if you are feeling sick, notify your supervisor, and contact your healthcare provider for guidance/COVID screening.
  • Take your temperature prior to entering your workspace.
  • Fully-vaccinated attestation submitted to HR (click here to complete)
    • Verification of Vaccination (i.e., copy of Vaccination Card, photocopied document, .pdf scan, a mobile phone picture, etc.)
    • A “fully vaccinated employee” is an employee who can document that he or she received at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • It is expected that all employees, regardless of vaccination status, continue to wear a mask in all common areas while indoors and while on student sites in accordance with the CDPH School Guidance and Cal/OSHA. Face coverings are not required when alone in private workspaces that are appropriately separated from others.
  • SLOCOE Employees working at student settings:
    • SLOCOE employees working in “youth settings” including school sites and campuses must continue to wear face coverings indoors while students are present and adhere to the face covering requirements in accordance with CDPH Guidance for Public Schools.
  • SLOCOE Employees working in direct contact with the public:
    • Employees who work in direct contact with the public shall do the following:
      • While employees who interact with the public they must wear a face covering (i.e., fingerprinting, front desk, appointments to do business with the public, etc.)
      • A visitor is anyone who enters an SLOCOE facility and is not SLOCOE personnel including parents or the public.
      • Face covering requirements are posted at all entrances to alert visitors of the face covering requirements before entering a SLOCOE building.
    • Pursuant to CalOSHA and CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, employees are not required to wear face coverings when outdoors at any site, though face coverings are recommended for unvaccinated persons outdoors where there is sustained close contact within 6 feet of others, particularly in crowded outdoor settings.
    • Practice regular hand washing – 20 seconds – when entering the building, regularly throughout the day, and before exiting.
    • Utilize the COVID-19 materials in your department or COVID-19 cart.
    • Maintain clutter free surfaces and workstations for efficient and regular cleaning and disinfecting.
    • Check in at the COVID-19 cart when entering the worksite for updates and announcements.
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Office Protocols

All staff will be trained in the use of cleaning and disinfecting products and will be expected to clean and disinfect their own work stations and any common areas they use. Custodians will clean and disinfect every night as well.

Visitors

In the event that visitors need to enter the building, they must obtain prior approval and schedule an appointment. Visitors will be required to sign-in/out and follow all health and safety protocols.

Visitor Masking Requirements

All visitors to any indoor SLOCOE facility must wear face coverings if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they meet one of the following:

  1. They are under 2 years of age.
  2. They have a medical condition, mental condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
  3. They are hearing impaired or actively communicating with a person who is hearing impaired where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Return to worksite protocols

SLOCOE Reopening Plan

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FAQ

What about symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test?

Answer: In the event that a staff member exhibits symptoms, has potential exposure, and has tested positive for COVID-19, SLOCOE will work with Public Health to implement all necessary communication and follow up to support contact tracing and health and safety of staff. Anyone may call SLO County Public Health if a suspected exposure has occurred.

What about seasonal allergies?

Answer: We know that many of us experience seasonal allergies that can cause sneezing, coughing, runny nose, etc.. We also know that in the not too distant past co-workers may not have particularly noticed when a colleague sneezed or coughed, and now we are all on heightened alert. We need to take care of one another, and trust that each of us will take responsibility to self monitor and stay home if we are feeling sick. If you develop symptoms during your shift  that are unusual and are not related to seasonal allergies, you should go home. If you work in an area of the office where a coworker is experiencing seasonal allergies, please be compassionate and supportive.

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