Shenandoah University consistently strives to create a campus culture of compassion, responsibility, advocacy and justice. We place paramount importance on the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
We are now asking all community members to download the Shenandoah Go app to complete the Daily Symptom Checker regardless whether the member will be on a SU campus that day, inclusive of weekends and holidays, which will also allow us to discontinue the temperature readings at campus checkpoints.
If you indicate one or more symptoms on the Daily Symptom Checker, you MUST stay home. If you have a primary care physician (PCP), you should contact them for advice and schedule an appointment if recommended. If you indicate you have symptoms, you will receive a call or email from a designated member in Human Resources (typically SU Director of Employee Wellness and Healthcare Navigation Lisa Darsch) as soon as reasonably practicable and she will provide you with assistance and answer questions you may have.
If you are informed by a health care provider(and/or Human Resources) that you will need to stay at home to isolate, or you are informed by a contact tracer that you need to stay at home for an extended period of time to quarantine, and:
- You are feeling well enough to work and you have the ability to do so remotely, then you will be expected to work remotely, and you will not need to take leave of any type. (We realize we haven’t required remote work previously under normal medical leave situations, but we are obviously facing a unique challenge with COVID-19.)
- You are not feeling well enough to work or the type of work you do makes it impossible or impracticable to do so remotely, you will be entitled to take COVID-19 medical leave.
The amount of special COVID-19 medical leave to which you will be entitled will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on the specific employee situation, and Human Resources will provide guidance to each affected employee as their situation develops, including how to go about reporting such leave for payroll and leave tracking purposes.
As an example, if an employee reports a high temperature or other symptoms via the symptom checker app, stays home as required, is then directed by their health care provider and/or a SU Human Resources representative to stay home for three days, and is unable to work remotely as described above, the employee will be entitled to use the COVID-19 medical leave for those days.
Or, in the event an employee is directed to stay home for 10+ days due to a positive COVID-19 test or likely exposure, and is unable to work remotely as described above, the employee will be entitled to use the COVID-19 medical leave for those days. Note that in such a situation the employee will be expected to submit support documentation from a health care provider.
Human Resources is always available to guide employees through issues related to this supplemental COVID-19 medical leave policy.