Information for Employees

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Expanded Leave Options:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act/American Rescue Plan Act:

  • The extension to the FFCRA Emergency Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA expired on March 31, 2021. ARPA allows employers to voluntarily extend these paid leave options through September 30, 2021.
  • This extension replenishes the amount of COVID-related leave offered to employees. Even if employees have used this leave previously, they may now be eligible for up to 80 hours of Emergency Sick Leave and up to 10 weeks of partially-paid Emergency FMLA.
  • Additionally, Emergency FMLA is no longer offered only for employees with childcare issues due to COVID-19. This leave may now be requested for other situations related to COVID-19, such as extended illness or prolonged quarantine periods.
  • Contact Human Resources with questions at 660-785-4031. More information about COVID-related leave and the required forms may be found HERE.

Employees affected by school and daycare closures:

  • If not eligible for Emergency FMLA, employees who need to care for immediate family members due to closures or limits of schools or daycares may use up to 30 days of sick leave for that purpose.


  • The extension of FFCRA/ARPA allows use of Emergency Sick Leave in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccination or in order to recover from any ill effects of receiving the vaccine.

Return To Campus:

  • As a reminder, all employees should return to working on campus by May 10, 2021.
  • Four-day work weeks for most departments will begin on May 10, 2021, and extend to July 30, 2021.
  • Beginning May 10, telecommuting arrangements may only be requested by employees under the following circumstances: the employee has been directed to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 or the employee has children unable to attend school or daycare due to COVID-19. All other faculty and staff are expected to work on campus, unless the employee was hired with a remote work arrangement.
  • Employees requesting to work from home for the first time should complete the Telecommuting Request Form, available HERE. Supervisors should work with their employees to complete the form, including a detailed plan for a daily schedule and work assignments, and then submit the form to the appropriate member of the Executive Leadership Team or their designees for final approval. This plan also must be reviewed by Human Resources.

If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or

Updated 4-6-21

Tips for Faculty and Staff

What happens if a colleague in my office or a student in my class tests positive?

  • Faculty do not need to send class rosters/seating charts unless they are specifically asked for them by Brenda Higgins or Nancy Daley-Moore.
  • Respond like you would with other diagnosed conditions.
  • Notify Brenda Higgins ( 785-4562) to ensure we have them in our database.
  • Try to maintain privacy of health information.

Do not announce to your colleagues, office mates or students that this person is quarantined or isolated as it makes people less willing to disclose their contacts and information to the tracers and Health Center.

What do I say when people are not (or are) standing six feet apart?

  • “So how can we make this great conversation more COVID-19 friendly?”
  • “I’m trying to maintain six feet of distance. Do you mind giving me a little more
  • “Did you know that you might have to quarantine if you stand less than six feet from people for more than 15 minutes?”
The key thing is to BE POLITE and do not SHAME. It’s easy to forget the six feet of distance when we’re excited to see someone we care about. So, think of it like an educational opportunity.
  • “Great spacing! Go bulldogs!”
  • “Thanks for spacing!”


For more information, see COVID-10 Information for Human Resources info for Faculty/Staff or contact Human Resources.