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Information for Employees

Barring a pandemic, the College will keep operating unless directed to do otherwise by the NYCDOH.  Therefore, all employees are to report to work with the following exceptions:
  • If you are sick, stay at home until 24 hours have passed without a fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).
  • Make sure you contact your chair or supervisor to communicate that you will not be in.
  • Consult the Collective Bargaining Agreement for sick leave policy (34.0).
  • Employees who are at high risk of complications from H1N1, such as persons with chronic medical conditions, persons 65 or older, and pregnant women, should consult their doctors for advice.  A written statement from an employee’s doctor certifying a medical condition is required.
  • Take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infection:
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water, especially after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue into the garbage.  As an alternative, use hand sanitizer.
    • When you cough or sneeze, cough into a tissue or your elbow to avoid spreading the germs.

Influenza-like illness (ILI) is defined as a fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).  A sore throat or a cough alone is not an influenza-like illness.

If an employee who reports to you begins to exhibit ILI symptoms, ask the employee to go home.  If the employee is reluctant to go home, send the employee to Health Services, A402, to confirm if he or she has a fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).  If a fever is confirmed, the employee must go home.  This is on the advice of the CDC.

To allow us to monitor if there is a spread of flu among faculty and staff, we are asking Chairs and Directors to report all absences on a weekly basis:
  • Chairs and Directors are to contact their VP or Dean at the end of each week to report all employee illness absences.
  • Chairs and Directors are to contact their VP or Dean immediately if there are clusters of five or more employees in the same area who exhibit influenza like illnesses (ILI).
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