COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – Employees

Updated 4.17.20 @ 4:00 p.m.

This information is subject to change as more information becomes available.

When do I need to report to work?
  • Nutritional Services and Transportation report on August 6th
  • 186-Day Returning staff report on August 17th
  • All other staff please see table below
Employees who work: Work Schedule based on the Amended 2020-2021 Calendar
186 Days * August 17, 2020 - May 28, 2021
189 Days August 3-5, 2020 & August 17, 2020 - May 28, 2021
196 Days July 29, 2020 – August 5, 2020 & August 11, 2020 – May 28, 2021
211 Days July 13, 2020 – August 5, 2020 & August 12, 2020 – June 4, 2021
216 Days July 13, 2020 – August 5, 2020 & August 12, 2020 – June 11, 2021
221 Days July 13, 2020 – August 5, 2020 & August 12, 2020 – June 18, 2021
226 Days July 13, 2020 – August 5, 2020 & August 12, 2020 – June 21, 2021
231 Days July 1, 2020 – August 5 & August 12, 2020 – June 21, 2021
261 Days July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

*Nutritional Services and Transportation start August 6, 2020 (186 + 7 days)

This pandemic situation has me very worried. Are there resources for support?

Yes. KCKPS offers multiple solutions to support employees in managing concerns of this nature. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free resource for staff to speak confidentially with a provider and more information can be found on the New Directions Website. Similar to a “teledoc” or “telemedicine” service, the Blue KC Virtual Care program is a resource for staff to speak confidentially with a virtual care provider. In some cases, a co-pay* for services rendered is assessed. More information can be found on the Blue KC Virtual Care Flyer.
*Due to recent events, Blue KC Virtual Care is temporarily waiving co-pays for this service.

I’m not feeling well, but can’t get into my primary care doctor. Are there resources for support?

Please stay home, contact your supervisor, and building nurse for further guidance.

Is there an easy way for me to access support services from my cell phone?

Yes. From the app store of your mobile device, you can search for “New Directions EAP” to access free services of The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and you can search for “Blue KC Virtual Care” to access a virtual care provider. Due to recent events, Blue KC Virtual Care is temporarily waiving co-pays for this service.

If I am sick, or caring for a family member who is sick, due to a pandemic illness (such as COVID-19/Coronavirus) how will my leave work?

If an employee becomes ill, or is caring for an immediate family member who is ill with documented symptoms or a condition unrelated to a pandemic illness, board policy GARH applies. This now applies to pandemic-related illness as well

If I am absent due to self-quarantine, or mandated quarantine, but I have leave available do I have to exhaust that time first?

If you have been asked to quarantine due to an exposure at work, you will be placed on district paid quarantine leave. For all other reasons that an employee is needing leave, the employee’s own accrued leave will need to be utilized.

Can I share details of my situation with HR and be given direction on whether or not to quarantine?

No. Employees should seek the guidance of a health care provider and take whatever action they feel is necessary based on that guidance.

Will I have to provide a doctor’s note to certify absences?

For all absences, related to the pandemic and otherwise, doctor’s notes may be required and is dependent on the leave situation.

I have questions that were not answered by any of the FAQ items listed above. What should I do?

Please contact your supervisor or school nurse for further guidance.

Will there be additional precautionary measures put in place to protect staff who may have medical conditions that make them more susceptible to severe COVID-19 illness?
  • Providing additional or enhanced personal protective equipment, including gowns, masks, gloves or other protective equipment
  • Taking additional or enhanced protective measures, such as erecting physical barriers or increasing space between employees
  • The vaccine has become available for KCKPS staff.
  • For more information please read through the following notification.
I’m considered high-risk for developing complications from COVID-19. Are there accommodations available for me?

The district is currently reviewing remote-work accommodations for individuals who have FMLA-qualifying medical conditions.. All other requests will be reviewed and processed as an FMLA leave. Please contact HRLeave@Kckps.org and deandre.tuggle@kckps.org for more information.

Will the district require teachers and other employees to wear masks?