Staff COVID Information

See HR Covid Staff Protocols Document Updated 1-13-22

Protocol A - For individuals who test positive for COVID-19

Notify the HR Department that you have tested positive (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and include answers to the questions below in your email:

  1. What was the last date you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
  2. What date did you test positive for COVID?
  3. If you are symptomatic what date did your symptoms begin?
  4. Who are your close contacts in school? (Defined as within six feet for more than 15 minutes in 24 hours; please note if it was masked or unmasked. It should include the two days prior to your positive test.)
  5. Of those close contacts, who was within 3 feet?
  6. Did you notify the close contacts?
     

Employees must do the following:

  • Log time off request into ESS. (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time - Note “Covid Related” in comment box.) 
  • You must notify any adult close contacts.
  • Isolate for 5 days from the start date of symptoms or date of positive test. 
  • Complete “Track 1” of the Return to Work Form after your 5 day isolation period has ended if you had no symptoms or your symptoms have significantly improved and you have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 
  • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others. 
  • Attach copy of your original* positive antigen or PCR COVID test results to the RTW form.
    *Please note that if you are requesting E-PSL, COVID test results must be laboratory based or administered by a healthcare professional. Self-administered home COVID tests are not accepted as supporting documentation for E-PSL Requests.
  • Wait for approval to return to work in person.  RTW Forms must be received prior to 6pm for a next day clearance.
  • Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail.  Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.

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Protocol B – Close Contacts:

Asymptomatic employees who are also either fully vaccinated* – OR – have been diagnosed with COVID in the last 90 days are EXEMPT from testing and quarantine response protocols when they are identified as a close contact.

However all close contacts should still notify the HR Department. Asymptomatic close contacts should follow the notification instructions on this page. Symptomatic close contacts can go to Protocol C now.

*Fully vaccinated as is currently defined as two weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Notify the HR Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and include the responses to the 8 questions below in your email to determine which RTW protocol you must follow:

  1. Are you fully vaccinated?
  2. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days? 
  3. What was the last day you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
  4. What was the most recent date of contact with the positive COVID Case?
  5. When did the positive case test positive for COVID?
  6. When did the positive case become symptomatic, if they have symptoms?
  7. If you live with the positive case, are you able to completely isolate yourself?
  8. If you are symptomatic, what date did your symptoms begin?
     

Protocol B-1 – For asymptomatic individuals who are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols

Employees must do the following: 

  • Report to work as usual and complete “Track 5” of the  Return to Work Form (RTW).  Attach a copy of vaccine card OR positive COVID test results that are dated within the last 90 days for each close contact occurrence.
     

Protocol B-2 – Test and Stay: For asymptomatic individuals who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols (in-school exposures only)

Duration of Test and Stay: 5 days from the date of work exposure
Return to School: Close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as long as they:

  • Are asymptomatic
  • Wear masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these individuals cannot be masked (i.e., when eating or drinking) they should maintain 3 feet of distance from other individuals to the extent feasible.
  • Take a rapid antigen test (e.g., BinaxNOW) on each school day and receive a negative result. When the 5 days from date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school to school be tested immediately. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.
  •  Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop.

Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or develops symptoms during the Test and Stay period or the 10 days following initial exposure, they should follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (Protocol C). If an individual tests positive at any time, they should follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).  As part of Test and Stay, quarantine is still strongly recommended for individuals outside of school settings.

Employees must do the following: 

  • If asymptomatic and exposed in school, you can choose to participate in the Test and Stay program and remain in school.  Please speak with your school nurse ASAP.  
  • E-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your full name & the date of in school exposure when you have made arrangements with your school nurse to participate in the Test and Stay Program.
     

Protocol B-3 – Traditional Quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols

Duration: Quarantine is at least 5 days from the date of exposure
Return to School: After 5 days, returning on day 6, provided you:

  • Remain asymptomatic, and
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, self-isolate if symptoms develop, and adhere to strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or within the 5 days following initial exposure, they need to receive a negative PCR COVID test. If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).

Note: If the close contact is a household member and they are not able to completely isolate from you then your 5 day quarantine begins only after the last family/household member to contract COVID finishes their isolation

Employees must do the following: 

  • Remain asymptomatic
  • Log time off request into ESS.  (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time - Note “Covid Related” in comment box.)    
  • Quarantine for 5 days from the last date of exposure.  
  • Complete “Track 2” of the Return to Work Form (RTW) after your 5 day quarantine period has ended. 
  • If you developed symptoms attach a copy of your negative PCR COVID test results.
  • Wait for approval to return to work in person.  RTW Forms must be received prior to 6pm for a next day clearance.
  • Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail.  Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.

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Protocol C – For ALL individuals who are symptomatic for COVID-19

Duration: Dependent on symptom resolution
Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they:

  • Have received a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. Note: So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test.
  • Have improvement in symptoms
  • Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Note: If the symptomatic individual was a close contact who is not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols, after symptoms resolve and they receive a negative PCR test, they should follow Protocol B-2 for work exposures or Protocol B-3 for non-work exposures. 

  • If Test and Stay is not available or adult individuals opt not to participate, they follow Protocol B-3.
     

Employees must do the following:

  • Notify the HR Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the responses to the questions below in your email:
    • What was the last date you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
    • What date did your symptoms begin?
    • Have you been identified as a close contact?
  • Log time off request into ESS.  (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time - Note “Covid Related” in comment box.)  
  • Contact healthcare provider if applicable.
  • Receive a negative PCR COVID test OR a doctor’s note stating an alternative diagnosis for symptoms.
  • Complete “Track 3” of the Return to Work Form, attach a copy of negative PCR COVID test OR a doctor’s note stating an alternative diagnosis for symptoms.
  • Wait for approval to return to work in person. RTW Forms must be received prior to 6pm for a next day clearance.
  • Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail.  Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.

Questions pertaining to the Covid return to work protocol e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL):

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave law requires employers to provide up to one week of paid sick leave (not to exceed $850.00 max cap per employee including benefits) to employees who need leave for a covered COVID-19 related reason.  Mass COVID-19 E-PSL is available from May 28, 2021 through April 1, 2022 (or until the exhaustion of $75 M in program funds).

Reasons for Leave:

Employees can take leave for the following reasons:

  • To take care of themselves or get medical treatment due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms, or to get or recover from a COVID-19 immunization.
  • To quarantine as required by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, or a health care provider.
  • Employees can also take leave if they must care for a family member in any of the above situations

Covered family members are an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, or sibling, a parent of the employee’s spouse or domestic partner, or a person who stood in loco parentis to the employee when the employee was a minor child.

Requests for Leave:

To request Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL) complete the MA COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL) Request Form and attach any necessary supporting documentation before taking leave or as soon as practicable. 

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