Staff COVID Information

See HR Covid Staff Protocols Document Updated 2-7-22

Protocol A - For individuals who test positive for COVID-19

Notify the HR Department at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) that you have tested positive and include answers to the questions below in your email:

  1. What was the last date you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
  2. What date did you test positive for COVID?
  3. If you are symptomatic what date did your symptoms begin?
     

Employees must do the following:

  • Log time off request into ESS.  (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time - Note “Covid Related” in comment box.) 
  • Isolate for 5 days from the start date of symptoms or date of positive test. 
  • Complete “Track 1” of the Return to Work Form after your 5 day isolation period has ended if you had no symptoms or your symptoms have significantly improved and you have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 
  • Following the 5-day isolation period, individuals must mask for 5 additional days when around others. 
  • Attach a copy of your original positive antigen or PCR COVID test results to the RTW form.  Wait for approval to return to work in person.  RTW Forms must be received prior to 6pm for a next day clearance.
  • Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail.  Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.
     

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Protocol B – Close Contacts:

Asymptomatic employees who are also either fully vaccinated* – OR – have been diagnosed with COVID in the last 90 days are EXEMPT from testing and quarantine response protocols when they are identified as a close contact.

However all close contacts should still notify the HR Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Asymptomatic close contacts should follow the notification instructions on this page. Symptomatic close contacts can go to Protocol C now.

* Fully vaccinated is currently defined as two weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Notify the HR Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and include the responses to the 8 questions below in your email to determine which RTW protocol you must follow:

  1. Are you fully vaccinated?
  2. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days? 
  3. What was the last day you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
  4. What was the most recent date of contact with the positive COVID Case?
  5. When did the positive case test positive for COVID?
  6. When did the positive case become symptomatic, if they have symptoms?
  7. If you live with the positive case, are you able to completely isolate yourself?
  8. If you are symptomatic, what date did your symptoms begin? 
     

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Protocol B-1 (Close Contacts) – For asymptomatic individuals who are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols


Employees must do the following: 

  • Report to work as usual and complete “Track 5” of the  Return to Work Form (RTW).  Attach a copy of vaccine card OR positive COVID test results that are dated within the last 90 days for each close contact occurrence.
     

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Protocol B-2 (Close Contacts) – Traditional Quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols

Duration: Quarantine is at least 5 days from the date of exposure, unless exposure is a household contact (see note 2 below).

Return to School: After 5 days, returning on day 6, provided you:

  • Remain asymptomatic, and
  • Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 10, self-isolate if symptoms develop, and adhere to strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

Note 1: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or within the 5 days following initial exposure, they need to receive a negative COVID test. If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).

Note 2: If the close contact is a household member and they are not able to completely isolate from you then your 5 day quarantine begins only after the last family/household member to contract COVID finishes their isolation.

Employees must do the following: 

  • Remain asymptomatic
  • Log time off request into ESS.  (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time - Note “Covid Related” in comment box.)    
  • Quarantine for 5 days from the last date of exposure.  
  • Complete “Track 2” of the Return to Work Form (RTW) after your 5 day quarantine period has ended. 
  • If you developed symptoms attach a copy of your negative COVID test results.
  • Wait for approval to return to work in person.  RTW Forms must be received prior to 6pm for a next day clearance.
  • Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail.  Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.
     

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Protocol C – For ALL individuals who are symptomatic for COVID-19

Duration: Dependent on symptom resolution
Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they:

  • Have received a negative COVID test result for COVID-19. Note: So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a negative COVID test.
  • Have improvement in symptoms
  • Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
     

Note: If the symptomatic individual was a close contact who is not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols, after symptoms resolve and they receive a negative COVID test, they would follow Protocol B-2. 

Employees must do the following:

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Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL):

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave law requires employers to provide up to one week of paid sick leave (not to exceed $850.00 max cap per employee including benefits) to employees who need leave for a covered COVID-19 related reason.  Mass COVID-19 E-PSL is available from May 28, 2021 through March 15, 2022 (or until the exhaustion of $75 M in program funds).

Reasons for Leave:

Employees can take leave for the following reasons:

  • To take care of themselves or get medical treatment due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms, or to get or recover from a COVID-19 immunization.
  • To quarantine as required by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, or a health care provider.
  • Employees can also take leave if they must care for a family member in any of the above situations

Covered family members are an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, or sibling, a parent of the employee’s spouse or domestic partner, or a person who stood in loco parentis to the employee when the employee was a minor child.

Requests for Leave:

To request Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL) complete the MA COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL) Request Form and attach any necessary supporting documentation before taking leave or as soon as practicable. 

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All LPS Employees are required to complete the form below daily BEFORE arriving to work in a building. If you answer YES to any of the questions, please notify your supervisor before reporting to your location.