August 2021 - Updated COVID19 Protocols

Q. What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19?

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

  • What was the last date you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
  • What date did you test positive for Covid?
  • If you are symptomatic what date did your symptoms begin?

Employees must do the following:

  1. Log time off request into ESS. (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time.)
  2. Isolate for 10 days from the start date of symptoms or date of positive test.   
  3. Return to work if symptoms have improved and has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  4. Complete the Return to Work Form (RTW) after the 10 day isolation period has ended. RTW Forms received after 6pm will not be reviewed until the following day.
  5. Attach a copy of original positive PCR Covid test results.
  6. Wait for approval to return to work in person.
  7. Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail. Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.

Nancy Walsh, Director of Nursing Services, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can be contacted with questions pertaining to the Covid return to work protocol.

Q. What should I do if I was exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid-19?

A. If the answer is yes to either question below you do not have to quarantine unless symptomatic.

  • Have you been diagnosed with Covid in the last 90 days?
  • Have you received either 2 doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, at least 14 days ago?

Employees must do the following:

  1. Complete the Return to Work Form (RTW) and attach a copy of vaccine card OR positive PCR test results that is dated within the last 90 days.
  2. If symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status or if you have tested positive for Covid in last 90 days, notify the HR Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and include answers to the questions below in your email:
    1. What was the last day you were in the building? (Please include the name of the building)
    2. What was the most recent date of contact with the positive Covid case?
    3. When did the positive case test positive for Covid?
    4. When did the positive case become symptomatic, if they have symptoms?
    5. If you live with the positive case, are you able to completely isolate yourself?
    6. If you are symptomatic, what date did your symptoms begin?

Employees must do the following:

  1. Log time off request into ESS. (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time.)
  2. If symptomatic get PCR Covid test done immediately.
  3. If asymptomatic, have a PCR Covid test on day 5 or later of quarantine.
  4. Must quarantine.
    1. If quarantine is due to an exposure outside LPS see attached quarantine guidelines here Tiered Quarantine Exposure Outside of LPS.
    2. If quarantine is due to a work exposure see attached quarantine guidelines here Tiered Quarantine In School Exposure.
  5. Complete the Return to Work Form (RTW) after the quarantine period has ended and attach a copy of the negative PCR Covid results.
  6. Wait for approval to return to work in person. RTW Forms received after 6pm will not be reviewed until the following day.
  7. Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail. Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.

Nancy Walsh, Director of Nursing Services, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can be contacted with questions pertaining to the Covid return to work protocol.

What should I do if I am symptomatic for Covid-19?

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

  • What was the last date you were in the building?  (Please include the name of the building)
  • What date did your symptoms begin? 

 Employee must do the following:

  1. Log time off request into ESS.  (May use any available E-PSL, sick, personal or vacation/non-work time.)  
  2. Contact their healthcare provider. 
  3. Receive a negative PCR Covid test result OR a doctor’s note stating an alternative diagnosis for symptoms.
  4. Complete the Return to Work Form and attach a copy of negative PCR Covid test result OR a doctor’s note stating an alternative diagnosis for symptoms.
  5. Wait for approval to return to work in person. RTW Forms received after 6pm will not be reviewed until the following day.
  6. Do NOT return to work unless you receive a clearance e-mail.  Clearance e-mails will be sent to your LPS e-mail address.

 Nancy Walsh, Director of Nursing Services, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can be contacted with questions pertaining to the Covid return to work protocol.   

Q. What is the Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (E-PSL)?

A. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave law requires employers to provide up to one week of paid sick leave to employees who need leave for a covered COVID-19 related reason. Mass COVID-19 E-PSL is available from May 28, 2021 through September 30, 2021 (or until the exhaustion of $75 M in program funds).

Employees can take leave for the following reasons:

  1. 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.
  2. To quarantine as required by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, or a health care provider.
  3. Employees can also take leave if they must care for a family member in any of the above situations
  4. 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.

See HR Covid Protocols Updated 8-15-21

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