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COVID Alerts:

Click for COVID Safety, Reporting Information, including 6-foot social distancing requirement in all college buildings, mask and vaccination practices, and the process for student Return to Campus approvals. To support students with Fall registration and Spring Term applications, on-campus services are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment, with virtual options also still in place. See the Student Services Guide.

EFSC Faculty/Staff: Reopening Plan FAQ

Please note that answers will be updated and questions added as needed, with the date of the change or addition noted. Also review additional information in the General and Health-related FAQ; the COVID-19 Transitional Operations Plan ; and EFSC's COVID-19 Case Tracking Procedure web page. [Procedure also available as a PDF]

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Question 1:  Which employees will be permitted to return to campus and when? (Updated 5/26/21)

Based on an email to employees sent May 25, 2021: Effective Monday, July 5, 2021, Eastern Florida State College will transition back to normal campus operations.

That means all employees who have been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be expected to return to their regular on-campus work assignments and no longer work from home on that date.

As our enrollment returns to pre-COVID levels and large numbers of students return for in-person Fall Term classes, it is important we are at full strength on campus to meet their needs.

This move is another significant step on our journey to return to full operations and follows our announcement May 19, 2021 that masks are optional for students, faculty and staff as well as guests to our campuses and facilities.

Question 2:  If I’m not comfortable returning to the office, can I keep working remotely? (5/26/21)

Per an email sent to employees on December 16, 2020, managers or supervisors could elect to allow staff to continue to work remotely providing they are meeting the College's needs with effectiveness. Each situation continues to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with matters such as age, underlying health conditions or other reasons taken into account.

Starting July 5, 2021, that exception to work remotely will no longer be in place based on an email sent to employees on May 26, 2021. Effective July 5, all employees who have been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be expected to return to their regular on-campus work assignments and no longer work from home. The change prepares the college to return on-campus services to full strength in preparation for Fall term.

Employees with questions should speak to their immediate supervisor or Darla Ferguson, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, at 321-433-7080 or fergusond@easternflorida.edu.

If supervisors have any questions about remote work assignments, they should contact AVP Ferguson.

Question 3:  If I work in an area that involves public interaction and document intake, what safety precautions will be in place? (Updated 5/19/2021)

As of May 19, 2021, masks and other facial coverings are optional and not mandatory on EFSC Campuses and in all EFSC facilities based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear facial coverings.

Faculty and staff should continue to allow mask wearing for anyone who wants to wear one. In addition, faculty and staff should refrain from requiring proof of vaccination.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at two weeks after the second shot in a two-dose regimen or two weeks after a one-shot regimen COVID vaccine. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.

We understand it may take time for all persons wanting a vaccine to obtain one. As a result, we have set up our classrooms and Student Services areas to continue to accommodate social distancing.

View the new CDC guidelines.

 View the Health and Well-Being FAQ.

Social distancing remains in place in EFSC Student Services areas and classrooms, including the physical changes in your work environment to promote social distancing. This is explained on the updated safety protocols page.

Gloves are no longer required when handling paperwork, however, hand hygiene recommendations, in keeping with CDC guidance on hand santizers, remain a recommeded method for preventing the spread of COVID-19, especially if unvaccinated.

Question 4:  How are the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for my work area or class being determined? What resources help me comply with those? (Updated 5/19/2021)

As of May 19, 2021, masks and other facial coverings are optional and not mandatory on EFSC Campuses and in all EFSC facilities based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear facial coverings.

Faculty and staff should continue to allow mask wearing for anyone who wants to wear one. In addition, faculty and staff should refrain from requiring proof of vaccination.

Gloves are no longer required for the routine handling of documents received from students or the public.

If your class or work area falls under an area that still requires additional PPE, such as gloves or face shields, that information will be shared by College staff and EFSC will supply the required equipment.

Question 5:  Can my department order cleaning and disinfecting supplies on its own? (Updated 6/24)

The College plans to ensure that adequate supplies to support cleaning and disinfection practices are available on Campus and staff is at work during Phases 1 and 2 to acquire supplies. Work with your supervisor to assess the need for such supplies in your area and then follow the process outlined below for requesting items.

The Facilities department will be acquiring the required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and sanitization items needed to safely open and operate the College. Effective June 24, individuals or departments should not purchase any PPE or sanitization items with an EFSC p-card. A College Work Order (available through myEFSC under Employee Applications) should be submitted to request PPE or sanitization items.

PPE and Sanitization items include but are not limited to gloves, masks, respirators, air purifiers, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, sneeze guards and thermometers. 

Question 6:  Are shared vehicles, such as vans and utility golf carts, safe to use?

The plan includes the requirement to create a protocol for cleaning and disinfecting shared (pool) vehicles used by staff after each use. This will include maintaining a supply of sanitizer in each vehicle and adding a sanitation checklist to each shared vehicle log.

Question 7:  Does our EFSC health insurance cover COVID-19 screening and treatment if I contract it?

Yes. Human Resources has provided more information to all employees on this subject.

Question 8:  If I need to be out of work because of contracting COVID-19, would the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply? Would FMLA apply if I have to be out to care for a loved one who has contracted it?

The answer to both questions is yes.

View information about paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). These provisions apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Question 9:  If my children are home, can I take vacation or sick time to be home with them?

The use of sick leave is guided by EFSC Procedure 305.15 and is reserved for personal illness/disability or the illness or death of any member of the employee’s or the spouse’s immediate family, household or other close relative. Review this issue with your supervisor as needed.

View information about paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Question 10:  May I choose to go home if a coworker appears to be sick and I don’t want to be exposed? (Updated 10/13)

Employees who are sick are encouraged not to report to work. Employees are also encouraged to practice social distancing and under the plan, are required to wear masks or other face coverings inside all Campus buildings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect each other from exposure. However, if a coworker is displaying the signs of coronavirus, discuss this situation with your supervisor. You may use available vacation and/or personal leave if needed in this situation.

Also view more on the process for handling suspected COVID-19 cases on campus. in EFSC's COVID-19 Case Tracking Procedure.

Question 11:  I supervise student employees. What should I know?

If a student is an employee, supervisors should follow the safety protocol set for all employees. Student employees have been advised that they should contact their supervisor to determine when and if to report to work.

Question 12:  What does the reopening plan require related to supervisor notification about employee travel plans?

Under the plan, employees are required to notify supervisors if  traveling to or from a high-risk area that is experiencing a high degree of COVID-19 illness.

See the countries identified by the CDC/U.S. government with a Travel Health Notice along with CDC guidance on self-quarantining as a protective measure following international travel.

For employees impacted by a COVID-19 related self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources at 321-433-7084.

Question 13:  When will I be allowed to resume attending out of town training events?

Beginning with Phase 3, when approved by their supervisors, employees may be allowed to attend training curriculums outside of Brevard County, but within the State of Florida with some possible exceptions. Check with your supervisor before making any work-related travel plans.

Question 14:  With classes still a mixture of online and on-campus courses, what resources are available to assist faculty with teaching online?

Resources are available at our Academic Continuity web page, which was created by the EFSC Academic Technology team to assist faculty with moving face-to-face classes online.

Question 15:  I have students with disability accommodations. How do I make sure those are addressed in a Live Online or traditional Online class?

Contact the Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL) Office to discuss this issue. Contact information is available on the SAIL web page.

Question 16:  Are in-person employee meetings allowed once the College expands on-campus classes? (Updated 12/16)

Employees are encouraged to continue to meet remotely whenever possible using the College's technical resources, including Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and the Meet Me conference call system.

If an in-person meeting must be held, all participants must wear a facial covering in keeping with the plan's requirements and practice safe social distancing of six feet or more between individuals.

Question 17:  If I have questions not addressed here, who do I contact?

If you have a question or concern about an element of the plan, please start by reaching out to your supervisor. If the question is about a COVID-19 medical issue or employee benefits, Darla Ferguson, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, has been designated as the COVID-19 liaison and can be reached via email at fergusond@easternflorida.edu or 321-433-7080.