Employee COVID FAQ

Updated Sept. 3, 2021

Can I come to work if I’m not feeling well?

No. This semester, more than ever before, it is critical to stay home if you are not feeling well. You must stay away from campus and call your primary care physician if you are unwell. To return to campus,  you should confirm with your primary care physician that your symptoms are not indicative of COVID-19 and you should obtain a negative COVID-19 test if instructed to do so by your doctor.  To return to work, your symptoms must improve. If you were instructed to obtain a COVID-19 test by your primary care physician, please contact Human Resources for information on how to submit your results so that you can return to work.

A member of my household is sick, what should I do?

Your household member should contact their primary care to obtain a test for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, you should consider masking until you know whether or not your household member has COVID-19.

A member of my household has COVID-19, what should I do?

If You Are Fully Vaccinated

Able to Work Remotely

If you can perform your job remotely and have approval from your supervisor to do so,  you should work remotely until three days after the conclusion of your household member’s isolation period. You must obtain a COVID-19 test on the 3rd day after your household member’s isolation period from an off-campus testing facility. Please work with your primary care physician to obtain a test. If you require assistance, contact Human Resources. If that test is negative, you can return to campus on the fourth day following the conclusion of their isolation period.  Please take another COVID-19 test on campus as soon as you return.

Unable to Work Remotely

If you can stay isolated from the household close contact (e.g., you stay in a separate room from the ill household member, use a separate bathroom and do not share household items like cups, towels and utensils), then you can come to work under the following guidance:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • You will have an increased testing frequency (determined through a discussion with the Public Health Administrator)

If you cannot stay isolated from the household close contact, then you must stay home until three days after the conclusion of their isolation period. You also must obtain a COVID-19 test on the 3rd day after their isolation period ends.  If that test is negative, you can return to work on the fourth day following the conclusion of their isolation period.

This COVID-19 test must be done at an external facility. Please work with your primary care physician to obtain that test. If you require assistance, contact Human Resources.

If You are Not Fully Vaccinated

You will be required to quarantine at home. The length of your quarantine period will be determined based upon the facts and circumstances of your specific situation and determined by the College’s Public Health Administrator. Contact IQCoordinator@holycross.edu.

Will I be paid if I’m home caring for a sick family member, or home because I have COVID-19?

Effective May 28, 2021 until September 30, 2021, employers in Massachusetts are required to provide eligible employees with up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave under the state’s COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program for COVID-19 related illnesses, quarantine or vaccination. Please contact the Human Resources Office Coordinator, Melissa Cutroni, via email at mcutroni@holycross.edu or by phone at 508-793-3566 if you have questions regarding this leave.

Employees are also able to use available sick, vacation or other paid time off during their absence from work. Employees who are ill or who are caring for a sick family member should contact Human Resources for additional information about the availability of paid time off during their absence. 

Can I teach my class remotely via Zoom or Google Meet while I am home due to my own illness or the illness of my household member?

Yes. Faculty members have the option to hold their classes remotely if they are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19. Faculty must notify their students of their plans to hold classes remotely and their department chair.

Can I work remotely while staying home due to a household member or myself having COVID-19?

If you're able to work remotely, and with supervisor approval, then yes, you can work remotely without taking sick time. However, should you become too ill to work, you must alert your supervisor and take available sick leave. 

What is the ventilation in my office/seminar room/building?

All building HVAC systems are continually inspected and maintained by Holy Cross HVAC technicians as well as HVAC contractors to ensure proper operation.  

Industry recommended filters for COVID were installed; MERV-13 filters were installed throughout campus in HVAC systems that could accommodate these types of filters.

Air circulation rates were increased to allow for increased air exchanges in campus HVAC systems. Outdoor air intake has been maximized on all units to introduce fresh air into spaces.

HEPA filters have been deployed to group-use areas where ventilation is insufficient. If you have specific questions about HVAC in your specific area, contact facilities with your questions.

 

Can Emeriti Faculty access the campus?

Yes. To have access to campus resources, you need an active Holy Cross email address and an active Holy Cross ID card. You must also upload your vaccination status via the HC Clear website. View directions on how to access HC Clear (PDF). If you will be interacting with students, and on campus routinely during the week, you will be required to participate in our surveillance testing and test once every other week. If you only occasionally access campus please contact Human Resources to determine if surveillance testing is required.