Employee COVID-19 Illness Return to Work Protocol | SKYCTC

Employee COVID-19 Illness Return to Work Protocol

During the current pandemic state of emergency, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) developed and established safety plans designed to maintain safe working and learning environments in its locations throughout the state. These plans include protocols and procedures that are aligned with federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well as state Executive Orders and health department procedures. While a state of emergency exists, KCTCS exercises its authority to implement additional precautions for student, employee, and community safety.

Employees and COVID-19:

Faculty, staff, and administration must work together during these extraordinary times as required by KCTCS Administrative Procedure 2.0.2-P Employee Responsibilities and Corrective Action.

How to Reduce Exposure:

  • Follow KCTCS guidelines provided by your college or system office
  • These guidelines include:
    • Taking federal and state recommended precautions
    • Knowing the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Stay away from your onsite workplace when you are experiencing any of the following:
    • Fever of 100.4F or higher
    • Chills or Sweating regardless of actual temperature rating
    • New Cough
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Sore Throat
    • Muscle aches, body aches
    • Stomach upset or vomiting and diarrhea
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Awaiting test results surrounding these or other symptoms
    • Told to stay in self-isolation
    • Current CDC symptoms 

If you begin to experience any of these symtoms while at work, you should contact your supervisor and leave work immediately.

Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

KCTCS has aligned isolation/quarantine protocols with the KY Department of Public Health.  Additional protocols may be implemented at the local college level; please contact your Healthy at Work Officer for guidance specific to your college.

Note: For the purpose of KCTCS protocols, Quarantine means to stay off campus or out of the office for the specified period of time.  While we advise you to follow the state, local and federal guidelines, we have no authority over your actions while not on KCTCS property.

Remote Working

Employees who have self-isolated to ensure the safety of other individuals, and employees who have self-isolated while experiencing mild symptoms may be able to continue working remotely as long as they have supervisor approval to do so.  If employees are too ill or their job duties do not permit them to work remotely, they should use their current leave balances appropriately and apply for FMLA if that is required.

If you have any questions about this protocol, you can contact your supervisor, your Healthy at Work Officer, or your human resources department.