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From the HR Department

As you prepare to return to campus, we understand you may have many questions about your working life, and the supports available to you. The HR team aims to be as helpful as possible. Please browse the FAQs below. This page will be updated frequently as new information becomes available, so please check back often.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions or concerns: hr@cornish.edu


 

 

Return to Work FAQ

I’M EXPERIENCING A GREAT DEAL OF STRESS RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?

For employees with Cornish provided benefits, Kaiser Permanente offers mental health resources and free access to specialized self-care apps. All employees, and their families, have access to additional resources through our Employee Assistance Program with Mutual of Omaha. They can be reached at (800) 316-2796.

WILL MY CORNISH PROVIDED MEDICAL PLAN COVER EXPENSES RELATED TO THE TESTING AND TREATMENT OF COVID-19?

Yes. Please see the Kaiser Permanente Coronavirus and COVID-19 website.

WHAT IF I FEEL SICK?

In general, all employees are required to stay home if they are sick, regardless of what they believe the cause to be. This will help stop the spread of any illnesses.

WHAT IF I HAVE SOME SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Employees who are working on campus must conduct symptom monitoring every day before reporting to work via the One Medical app or website. If you have any symptoms, please contact your health care provider, or contact a medical professional through One Medical and get information about COVID-19 testing. You should quarantine until cleared by your physician to return to work. Please notify your supervisor as soon as possible. In addition to completing daily symptom monitoring, faculty and staff must continuously monitor for symptoms of illness throughout the day and take appropriate steps to isolate from others should you become symptomatic.

WHAT IF A MEMBER OF MY HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

If a household member is symptomatic or has contracted COVID-19, you are required to self-quarantine and advised to test for COVID-19 before your return to campus. For employees who are not symptomatic, contact your supervisor to see if remote work is possible. If remote work is not possible, employees will generally be required to use leave during a required quarantine period.

WHAT LEAVES ARE AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYEES OF CORNISH?

All employees have access to various paid and unpaid leaves. Faculty receive paid sick leave each semester, and eligible staff receive PTO (paid time off). Staff not eligible for PTO receive PSST (Seattle Paid Sick & Safe Time), or paid leaves through a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

What if I run out of available leave?

Cornish has a PTO Donation Policy in place that allows eligible employees to request additional PTO days.

IF I AM HIGH-RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS DUE TO COVID-19 EXPOSURE, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Washington State has issued a proclamation requiring employers to provide a Temporary Workplace Modification to employees at high-risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC. Cornish will work with eligible employees to determine alternative work assignments, including telework, alternative, or remote work locations, if feasible, and physical distancing measures. Employees should use the COVID-19 Temporary Workplace Modification to pursue potential options for alternative work assignments.