Please note that answers will be updated and questions added as needed, with the date of the change or addition noted. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and providing accurate information to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, students and campuses is our top priority. Additional information regarding NWFSC’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Plan will be adjusted as needed.
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Employee Coronavirus FAQs
Employees who request to work remotely must have an approved accommodation on file and have completed a Telecommuting Agreement form. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 850-729-5337.
Vacation and personal time can be used for time off due to childcare needs.
However, the use of sick leave is guided by NWFSC Board of Trustee Policy HR 18.00 and is reserved for employees unable to perform his/her duty because of personal illness or illness/death of a family member.
Please review any concerns with your supervisor and refer to the NWFSC Personnel Handbook located on RaiderNet for further information.
I currently have a NWFSC-sponsored Florida Blue medical plan. Will my plan cover medical expenses associated with treatment for COVID-19?
Yes, NWFSC-sponsored Florida Blue medical plans will cover medical expenses associated with treatment for COVID-19/Coronavirus.
Yes, NWFSC-sponsored Florida Blue medical plans will cover screening for COVID-19/Coronavirus. Free drive-thru testing is offered and administered by the Health Department at various testing sites around the service area. Please check your local health department website for dates and locations.
Will masks be available in the classrooms in case a student comes to class without a mask? (Updated: 08/06/2020)
During normal business hours, masks will be available at Raider Central on the Niceville campus and at the administrative offices for the Fort Walton Beach Campus and other Center locations. Faculty may pick up extra masks for students in the Strategic Communications department if desired. For after-hours classes, faculty are encouraged to have masks on-hand to give to students who arrive for class without one. As stated previously, masks are available through Strategic Communications.
What happens if a student or employee does not wear a mask or does not wear a mask properly? (Updated: 08/06/2020)
Employees should inform individuals about the mask policy. If the individual remains non-compliant, employees are encouraged to contact campus safety if they have concerns about individuals not abiding by the mask policy. The contact numbers for campus safety are as follows:
Who is responsible for cleaning workstations, classrooms, and computer labs? How often? (Updated: 08/06/2020)
ABM, the college’s custodial contractor, will clean college facilities each scheduled work shift. High traffic classrooms and computer labs will be cleaned additionally at the Niceville campus where staff is available.
Are there going to be industrial cleaning supplies available so that faculty or students can clean their spaces before/after class for safety? (Updated: 08/06/2020)
As soon as they are available, cleaning solutions and towels will be accessible in each classroom and computer lab to provide individuals the opportunity to clean their personal workstations, if desired.
What will happen if someone in the classroom tests positive for COVID or displays symptoms of an illness? (Updated: 08/06/2020)
NWFSC is following local health guidelines provided by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Okaloosa County, which are informed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Any employee or student showing signs of illness should leave the campus immediately and return home to self-monitor.
Per the DOH, if an individual tests positive for COVID and DOES NOT show symptoms, the individual must self-isolate for 10 days after the date of their first positive test. If the student or employee tests positive for COVID and DOES show symptoms, the individual must self-isolate for 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of symptoms.
If an employee learns about a positive diagnosis for a student in their class and the student is present, the employee should immediately contact Chief Aaron Murray at 850-729-6888. Chief Murray will assess the situation and determine what next steps are appropriate.
As soon as possible, the employee should fill out the COVID incident report, available on RaiderNet under the Forms tab.
If an employee learns about a positive diagnosis for a student in their class and the student is NOT present, the college employee should fill out the COVID incident report, available on RaiderNet under the Forms tab, which will initiate the appropriate protocols for sanitization and notifications. Any contaminated, or potentially contaminated, area will be closed until such time it can be sanitized according to CDC protocols.
As of August 4, 2020, the CDC does not recommend quarantine in the event of close contact with an infected person and individuals should not be excluded from work awaiting a test result for COVID-19. All employees and students should monitor themselves by checking their temperature and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.
As always, employees should contact Human Resources to determine if his/her situation is subject to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or as a reasonable accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).