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A staff member is unable to return to work because of family care responsibilities. Their job cannot be performed from home and family care services are restricted because of COVID-19. What options can I, as a manager, provide?

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If you have questions about sick time benefits, please contact your HR Business Partner.

Last update: Friday, May 6, 2022 - 10:11pm

Do we have any restrictions on travel?

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The university currently has no restrictions on travel. For more information, see the university’s COVID-19 travel guidelines.

Last update: Monday, Apr 11, 2022 - 1:47pm

My health-care provider has advised me to self-quarantine. What should I do?

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Self-quarantine is recommended for individuals who may have been directly exposed to COVID-19 but are not experiencing symptoms. Follow the guidance of your health-care provider, and notify your supervisor that you cannot physically come to work.

If your work can be performed at home, you will be expected to work as directed and approved by your supervisor as long as you are asymptomatic during the self-quarantine, and you will receive your regular pay. Nonexempt staff must be sure to record and report their hours worked and should not work unauthorized overtime.

If you are unable to do your work from home, speak to your supervisor about alternative work options so that you can continue work at home. If no work is possible, you will receive your base pay for the self-quarantine period (two weeks). During the self-quarantine period please keep in touch with your supervisor regarding on-line training, professional development or other duties that you may be able to perform from home.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:26pm

Do I have to bring a physician’s note clearing me to return if I have COVID-19?

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Medical clearance is necessary to return to work if you have had confirmed COVID-19. According to the CDC, “the decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with health-care providers and state and local health departments.” If your department has additional return-to-work requirements, please adhere to those as well.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:26pm

What healthcare options are available for staff or faculty?

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In the event that you need medical care, we recommend that staff reach out to the Jumbo Health Center or their primary care provider or seek care through a local emergency room/urgent care provider. In addition, you may take advantage of the TeleHealth benefit available to staff members who are enrolled in university health plans.

Additionally, the Tufts Employee Assistance Program is a great resource for mental health support, counseling, logistical support, or any similar need that may arise during this period. This service is free for all staff members and can be a great asset during emergencies.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 1:26pm

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to covidtesting@tufts.edu.