COVID Leave for Self

  • This leave type is specific for employees who have tested positive, have symptoms, are isolated, or have been quarantined for COVID-19. 

    Employees are eligible for an initial ten business days of leave to cover the self-quarantine period. If symptoms are experienced after two weeks, the leave can be extended for up to ten additional weeks as covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

     

    Select your situation below for next steps.

  • I Tested Positive for COVID-19

    Step 1: Do not report to the worksite. A COVID-19 diagnosis means you should isolate immediately.

    Step 2: Contact your manager to inform them you have tested positive for COVID-19.

      • Let your manager know you cannot report to the worksite for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms or date of positive test administration (if there are no symptoms)
      • Discuss with your manager which DPS employees and/or students you have been in close contact with in the time period of 48 hours before you were tested or started showing symptoms through the current date. 
      • Discuss with your manager if working remotely is an option and if you are feeling well enough to do so. 

    Step 3: Submit a request for a Leave of Absence. If you are feeling ill, or are otherwise unable to work remotely, you need to submit a request for leave of absence immediately.  If you are unable to submit a leave request due to illness, contact your manager to submit it on your behalf. 

        • Steps for completing a leave of absence request: 
          1. You must request a leave through TruePay. Use this How To Guide to submit your request.
          2. You will select Emergency Leave on the TruePay site. This is the COVID related leave option. You will need to attach the positive test results.

    • Start and End date: The start date is the first date you did not report to the worksite. The end date will be no less than 10 calendar days from the start of symptoms.  The end date can be extended by the Leave of Absence Team if symptoms have not gone away. 
    • The requirements to return to work in person are:  
    • No fever for 24 hours without medicine, AND,
    • Other symptoms have improved, AND,
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  • Someone Close to Me Has Tested Positive and I Need to Quarantine

    A student, staff member, or someone not living with you that you have been in close contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19

    Step 1: Do not report to the worksite. You should quarantine immediately.

    Step 2: Contact your manager to inform them you need to quarantine.

      • Let your manager know you cannot report to the worksite for at least 10-14 days from the last exposure to the individual with COVID-19.  
      • Discuss with your manager if working remotely is an option.

    Step 3: Submit a request for a Leave of Absence.  If you cannot work remotely, you need to submit a request for leave of absence immediately.

      • Steps for completing a leave of absence request: 
        1. You must request a leave through TruePay. Use this How To Guide to submit your request.
        2. You will select Emergency Leave on the TruePay site. This is the COVID related leave option. You will need to attach documentation regarding the need to quarantine. This could be a quarantine document from your school or a positive result of the direct individual you came in contact with.

    The start date is the first date you did not report to the worksite. The end date will be 10-14 calendar days from the day you were last in contact with the individual with COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19 during your leave, you will need to follow instructions above for “testing positive for COVID-19”. This could result in extending the leave of absence beyond 14 days.

  • My Child or Someone in My Household That Cannot Isolate Alone Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

    Step 1: Do not report to the worksite. You should isolate immediately as you support the recovery for the person in the household. You then need to quarantine after isolation.   

    Step 2: Contact your manager to inform them you need to isolate and quarantine.

      • Let your manager know you cannot report to the worksite for at least 20-24 calendar days as you are isolating for the first 10 days and quarantining for the next 10-14 days.
      • Discuss with your manager if working remotely is an option. 

    Step 3: Submit a request for a Leave of Absence.  If you cannot work remotely, you need to submit a request for leave of absence immediately.

      • Steps for completing a leave of absence request: 
        1. You must request a leave through TruePay. Use this How To Guide to submit your request.
        2. You will select Emergency Leave on the TruePay site. This is the COVID related leave option. You will need to attach the positive results of the person in the household to the leave request. 

    The start date is the first date you did not report to the worksite. The end date should be no less than 20-24 calendar days from the day the person in the household first experienced symptoms of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19 during your leave, you will need to follow instructions above for “testing positive for COVID-19”. This could result in extending the leave of absence beyond 24 days.

Compensation While on Leave

  • Under the Health Family and Workplace Act (HFWA), all employees are entitled to up to 2 weeks of pay under the public health emergency leave.

    Leave accruals, such as vacation or personal time, will count toward your 2 weeks of pay.

    Sick Leave Bank is only available for employees' own personal illness and does not count towards quarantine periods. 

    Sick time can only be used for an employee’s own illness - unless FMLA guidelines apply.

    *If an employee does not have enough accruals for the first 2 weeks of emergency leave, DPS will supplement the remaining hours of pay.

Who's Eligible?

  • All DPS employees are eligible for COVID-19 related leaves.

How to Request

  • You can request a Leave through TruePay. Use this How To Guide to submit your request. We recommend using a computer to submit your request as mobile devices have been found to be unsuccessful. 

    Please Note: You will select Emergency Leave on the TruePay site. This is the COVID related leave option.

    Questions? Call 720-423-3092 or email LeaveofAbsence@dpsk12.org

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