COVID-19 Information for Employees
The Martin County School District remains focused on protecting the health and safety of students and staff. Please review this work environment update for an explanation of health-related standards and protocols.
In July, the Martin County School Board approved the Risk Mitigation Strategies that will be in place for students and employees.
The top three strategies include:
COVID-19 Vaccination: Vaccinations are voluntary, and available at no cost throughout our community. Please click here to locate a provider near you. Per the Florida Department of Health (DOH Martin), fully vaccinated staff do not need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case as long as they remain symptom-free. Employees are encouraged to review public health guidance and speak with their healthcare providers about vaccination. The CDC and DOH Martin advise that unvaccinated individuals are at the greatest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Masks: Masks are voluntary for students and staff. Although masks are optional, DOH Martin strongly recommends employees consider wearing masks while working, especially when social distancing is not possible, whether they vaccinated or not. The District will continue to provide masks at every site for those that choose to wear one.
Stay Home When Sick: Please do not come to a school or a work site if you are not feeling well. It is critical that you immediately tell your principal or supervisor if you have been diagnosed with, are experiencing symptoms of, or have been exposed to COVID-19. If you need to report an exposure or positive COVID-19 test result outside of normal working hours, please call (772) 260-8071.
Employees are encouraged to utilize the District’s new Symptom Checker / Verificación de Síntomas tools, which are available on our website. These tools provide information about hundreds of symptoms and related illnesses. They also provide guidance on when to seek care, as well as listings of local providers who are included as part of our Florida Blue Network. Please monitor your symptoms daily. If you need to report a positive COVID-19 test result outside of normal work hours, please call (772) 260-8071.
The voluntary reporting of positive COVID-19 test results greatly expedites the Florida Department of Health’s contact tracing process. To report a positive test result during normal business hours, please contact your supervisor or the Office of Risk Management at (772) 219-1200 ext. 30206. If you wish to report a positive test result outside of normal business hours, please call our established COVID-19 hotline at (772) 260-8071.
Testing Information: All MCSD employees are eligible to receive COVID-19 testing with expedited results through a partnership with Treasure Coast Urgent Care.
Employees must call (772) 419-0560 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The complete list of Risk Mitigation Strategies is available here.
Quarantine and isolation protocols remain similar to last school year, however, there is no more Federal COVID-19 leave available. This means that unvaccinated employees who have been directed to quarantine or isolate by DOH Martin must use their own sick or vacation time while out of work. Employees who do not have any sick or vacation time available will remain in unpaid status through the duration of their quarantine period. DOH Martin does not require fully vaccinated employees to quarantine following contact with a positive case as long as they remain asymptomatic.
Isolation is when you are sick with COVID-19 and you must remain out of work for 10 days and can return on the 11 day, as long as you are fever free for 24 hours without and fever-reducing medicine. Employees who have been directed to isolate by their healthcare provider or DOH Martin must use their own sick or vacation time for this purpose. Employees who do not have sick or vacation time available will remain in unpaid status for the duration of their isolation period.
Quarantine is when you are a close contact of a positive case. In most instances, as long as employees remain asymptomatic, they may continue reporting to work as long as they are able to follow all of the procedures outlined above. Symptomatic employees must stay home and follow the established DOH Martin protocols for quarantine/isolation depending on their specific circumstances. Symptomatic employees must use their sick or vacation leave for their time away from work. If they do not have sick or vacation leave available, they will remain in unpaid status during this period.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our circumstances remain fluid. Guidance from public health experts is evolving on a continuous basis. The District will continue to monitor local and state conditions and is committed to keeping employees informed in a timely, transparent manner.
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