HR Advisories

An archive of email messages shared by Human Resources with faculty and staff since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, for employees' future reference.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Employees are required to upload weekly negative test results or one-time proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure site here:  COVID-19 Documentation Upload.  A negative test result for those unvaccinated must be submitted every 10 days to accommodate possible result delays on required weekly tests.

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – Brevard County Emergency Management, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health-Brevard, CDR Health, the City of West Melbourne and Brevard County Parks and Recreation, has opened two additional free COVID-19 testing sites that will operate Monday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rapid testing and PCR testing for COVID-19 are now available to symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals at these additional locations:
• Drive-thru testing is available at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rod, Merritt Island. Now open.
• Walk-up testing is available at West Melbourne Community Park, 3000 Minton Road, West Melbourne. Now open.

Testing is free and no appointments are required. Insurance information will be requested, but there is no out-of-pocket expense.

The two additional sites bring to three the number of COVID-19 testing locations in Brevard County. 

Appointment-only testing is also available at no cost at DOH-Brevard, 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera. Testing administered by Nomi Health, Inc. is from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Sunday. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit http:/testing.nomihealth.com/signup/fl Insurance information will be requested.

To highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and demonstrate Florida Tech’s commitment to the wellbeing of our campus community, the university will provide a $200 incentive to all faculty and staff required to work on-site at the Melbourne campus who upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure COVID-19 Documentation Upload site no later than Sept. 24, 2021.   The incentive for those that qualify will be processed through payroll on the October 8th pay date. 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Employees are required to upload weekly negative test results or one-time proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure site here:  COVID-19 Documentation Upload.  A negative test result for those unvaccinated must be submitted every 10 days to accommodate possible result delays on required weekly tests.

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County has partnered with Nomi Health, Inc to provide COVID-19 testing at 2555 Judge Jamieson Way, Viera, FL  32940.  Tests are available to symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. PCR and rapid antigen tests are available. Appointments are required. For more information and to schedule an appointment, go to http://testing.nomihealth.com/signup/fl.  For additional COVID-19 testing locations in Brevard County, please visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/?display_map=1&county=Brevard&city=.

To highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and demonstrate Florida Tech’s commitment to the wellbeing of our campus community, the university will provide a $200 incentive to all faculty and staff required to work on-site at the Melbourne campus who upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure COVID-19 Documentation Upload site no later than Sept. 24, 2021. Fully vaccinated faculty and staff working on the Melbourne campus who have already uploaded their vaccination proof will be eligible for this incentive, as well.  The incentive for those that qualify will be processed through payroll on the October 8th pay date. 

Florida Tech remains deeply committed to the health and safety of our campus community. We strongly encourage all faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Studies show that these vaccines are effective at keeping one from contracting COVID-19. In the rare instances when a vaccinated person does get COVID-19, the vaccine also will help minimize the severity of the illness and reduce the odds of hospitalization. Vaccines remain the best defense that we have against COVID-19.

To highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and demonstrate Florida Tech’s commitment to the wellbeing of our campus community, the university will provide a $200 incentive to all faculty and staff required to work on-site at the Melbourne campus who upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure COVID-19 Documentation Upload site no later than Sept. 24, 2021. Fully vaccinated faculty and staff working on the Melbourne campus who have already uploaded their vaccination proof will be eligible for this incentive, as well. The incentive for those that qualify will be processed through payroll on the October 8th pay date.

The university will hold a vaccine drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clemente Center in association with the Florida Department of Health. Full details are below. This is a convenient and timely way for the Florida Tech community to take this important step, and we encourage those who are not yet vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity. For yourself and your community, please consider participating on Thursday or via a healthcare provider of your own choosing. Together, we can make a difference.

Arm Yourself Against COVID-19

Vaccine Drive

Thursday, Aug. 26 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celemente Center


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Dear Faculty and Staff,

We remain committed to protecting the health and safety of the campus community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn plan has provided the flexibility to adjust quickly to evolving circumstances and we appreciate your collaboration and support as we modify our protocols as needed.

We must all remain vigilant concerning our health and take appropriate steps to safeguard ourselves and others.  If:

  • You are experiencing symptoms or have potentially been exposed to someone with the virus
  • You have been tested for the virus and are awaiting the results; or
  • You have tested positive for the virus

Then we ask for you remain off campus and to immediately notify the Office of Human Resources for Guidance.  The attached FAQ provides additional information regarding Close Contact, Symptoms of COVID-19 as well as Isolation and Quarantine.

The Florida Tech Safe site includes the most up-to-date information and campus notices, including the current requirement for all faculty, staff and students to wear face coverings while indoors on campus where social distancing cannot be observed, regardless of vaccination status.

As we shared last fall, all faculty and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to reporting to work.  The CampusClear app is available for the daily healthcare screening. 

In the spirit of the University’s commitment to the health and safety of Florida Tech, Effective August 23rd, employees are required to submit negative COVID-19 test results every 10 days unless fully vaccinated.  Employees are required to upload weekly negative test results or one-time proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to our secure site here:  COVID-19 Documentation Upload.  A negative test result for those unvaccinated must be submitted every 10 days to accommodate possible result delays on required weekly tests. 

Working together, we can overcome these pandemic challenges and foster a healthier campus for the benefit of all. Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

Dondi Kuennen

Vice President, Human Resources
Florida Tech | Office of Human Resources
Phone: 321-674-7229

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As part of the University's comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we are again using the #CampusClear app for the daily health screening. 

All faculty and staff are required to access campus clear and use daily, regardless of vaccine status. If you are cleared for campus access by Campus Clear, you will receive a green "Good to Go" certificate via the app and you may be asked to show this certificate upon your arrival on campus, when you engage in group activities with others, or when you access certain buildings on campus.

If you are not cleared for campus access, you will receive a red "NOT CLEARED for campus access" certificate via the app and you should contact the Office of Human Resources for further instructions.

To get started, download the app from the app stores. Here are the links for each platform:

Please make sure you enable notifications from the app. There will only be one notification each day to prompt you to take the self-screening survey.

Once you have downloaded #CampusClear, enter your Florida Tech email address to log in.  You’ll receive an email confirmation, and after clicking the confirmation link, you’ll have access to the app.

It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus as safe as possible. Please self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms.

Florida Tech will only be successful with on-campus learning with your help! Daily screening, reporting your symptoms, wearing face-coverings, physical distancing, washing your hands and being responsible for yourself is crucial.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

 

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

Next week we begin Phase 3 of the Faculty and Staff Return to Campus Plan. Provided below is an overview of the plan and attached are the full details for your review.      

We are all looking forward to the return of our students. The university remains committed to the safety of our students, faculty, staff and all members of the university community. This is our top priority as outlined in the university’s “Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn” plan found here: https://www.fit.edu/coronavirus/

The Office of Human Resources in collaboration with Environmental Health and Safety has partnered with Vivid, our third-party employee training vendor, to provide informative training models related to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, student workers, etc. will be required to complete this training no later than August 30, 2020.  You should expect to receive an email from Vivid notifying you that these required courses and providing you with a link to access them.

Phase 1 - Return to Campus

Effective June 15, 2020

  • Social distancing is required across the campus. 
  • Offices staffed at 50% capacity. 
  • In-person meetings are limited to a capacity that allows for social distancing. 
  • Use zoom or other web conferencing services to conduct larger group meeting. 
  • Facial Coverings are required in high traffic areas, to include: Bookstore, Library, Admissions, Financial Aid and the Foosaner Art Museum.
  • Facial coverings are optional in other campus locations. 
  • Vendors are required to wear Facial coverings while on campus.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed in high traffic areas. 
  • Library, Gym and PDH are restricted to the Florida Tech community only, with potential service modifications
  • Florida Tech will continue with extra sanitization steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. 
  • Dining seating capacity adjustments will be in place. Takeout will be offered. 
  • University travel is limited.
  • Employees are required to report International travel and travel to areas with substantial community spread.  Upon return employees are not permitted on campus for 14-days.
  • The University will remain flexible as the situation requires. 

Phase 2 - Return to Campus

Effective July 13, 2020

  • Continuation from above with increased capacity.   
  • Offices staffed at 75% capacity. 

Phase 3 - Return to Full Campus

Effective August 3, 2020

  • Continuation from above with increased capacity.
  • Offices staffed at 100% capacity.
  • Facial coverings are required when social distancing is not possible. 
  • All faculty and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to reporting to work each day, effective August 3, 2020. 
  • The Office of Human Resources in collaboration with Environmental Health and Safety has partnered with Vivid, our third-party employee training vendor, to provide informative training models related to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, student workers, etc. will be required to complete this training no later than August 30, 2020.  You should expect to receive an email from Vivid notifying you that these required courses and providing you with a link to access them.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Florida Tech continues to take steps to ensure the health and safety of the university community during the COVID-19 pandemic, but our overall health can only be as strong as our individual health. We ask that you continue to be vigilant concerning your personal well-being. While these practices are subject to change contingent upon the most current CDC and other public health guidelines, here are some basics to remember:

Protect yourself and others. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid close contact. Inside your home, avoid close contact with people who are sick. Outside your home, put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Cover coughs and sneezes, always cover your mouth and nose and throw used tissues in the trash. Clean and disinfect—if surfaces are dirty, clean them. Monitor your daily health, be alert for your symptoms, and follow other CDC guidelines.

I am feeling ill – what should I do?

If you are feeling ill, immediately consult your health care provider. For those employees enrolled in the Florida Tech medical plan, Teladoc is available as an option to avoid office waiting rooms.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 or am experiencing flu-like symptoms and will have an extended absence from work?

  • Potentially exposed employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and follow CDC recommended steps.
  • Employees may use available sick time and consider requesting leave under the FMLA with a Short-Term Disability claim. 
  • Participants in the sick bank may also have that as an option.
  • Advise the Office of Human Resources of any positive COVID-19 results.  Any employee diagnosed with COVID-19 may not return to campus until all three of the following criteria are met: no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, improved symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

What if I have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Potentially exposed employees should remain at home or in a comparable setting and quarantine for 14 days. For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

What if I have had close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms?

  • If the employee is NOT experiencing symptoms, they are expected to continue to report to work.

Protecting the health of our university community is a shared responsibility, and we all must do our part. For additional details, please review the “Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn” plan found here: https://www.fit.edu/coronavirus/

Please advise of any questions. Thank you for your help as we work together to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Dondi Kuennen
Vice President of Human Resources

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are all looking forward to the return of our students for Fall 2020. The university remains committed to the safety of our students, faculty, staff and all members of the university community. This is our top priority as outlined in the “Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn” plan.

One of the safety steps we are taking as a community is the implementation of a regular health screening questionnaire. Florida Tech needs all faculty and staff to attest to their wellness to protect our community at large. This self-assessment will determine an employee’s eligibility to be on campus.

All faculty and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to reporting to work each day, effective August 3, 2020. 

Please remember this is not a diagnostic tool and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or medical symptoms.

Due to the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, inquiries into an employee’s symptoms, even if disability related, are considered justified by the EEOC, as the CDC and public health authorities have determined that COVID-19 poses a direct threat of substantial harm to the health and safety of the public, which cannot be reduced or eliminated despite reasonable accommodation. Florida Tech will maintain all information about employee illness as a confidential medical record in compliance with the ADA.

The Health Screening questionnaire is available in Microsoft Forms on the Access Launchpad, on the HR Web site, or accessible from a mobile device.

Please advise if you have questions. Thank you for your continuing support.

Sincerely,

Dondi Kuennen
Vice President of Human Resources

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

This week we begin Phase 2 of the Faculty and Staff Return to Campus Plan.  Provided below is an overview of the plan and attached are the full details for your review.  Please note that the Phase 3 date has been adjusted to August 3rd to allow adequate transition time in advance of the start of the Fall semester.    

We are all looking forward to the return of our students.  The university remains committed to the safety of our students, faculty, staff and all members of the university community. This is our top priority as outlined in the “Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn” plan.

One of the safety steps we are taking as a community is the implementation of a regular health screening questionnaire. Florida Tech needs all faculty and staff to attest to their wellness to protect our community at large.

All faculty and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to reporting to work each day, effective August 3, 2020.  Additional information regarding the health screening questionnaire will be shared later this week. 

Phase 1 - Return to Campus

Effective June 15, 2020

  • Social distancing is required across the campus. 
  • Offices staffed at 50% capacity. 
  • In-person meetings are limited to a capacity that allows for social distancing. 
  • Use zoom or other web conferencing services to conduct larger group meeting. 
  • Facial Coverings are required in high traffic areas, to include: Bookstore, Library, Admissions, Financial Aid and the Foosaner Art Museum.
  • Facial coverings are optional in other campus locations. 
  • Vendors are required to wear Facial coverings while on campus.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed in high traffic areas. 
  • Library, Gym and PDH are restricted to the Florida Tech community only, with potential service modifications
  • Florida Tech will continue with extra sanitization steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. 
  • Dining seating capacity adjustments will be in place. Takeout will be offered. 
  • University travel is limited.
  • Employees are required to report International travel and travel to areas with substantial community spread.  Upon return employees are not permitted on campus for 14-days.
  • The University will remain flexible as the situation requires. 

Phase 2 - Return to Campus

Effective July 13, 2020

  • Continuation from above with increased capacity.   
  • Offices staffed at 75% capacity. 

Phase 3 - Return to Full Campus

Effective August 3, 2020

  • Continuation from above with increased capacity.
  • Offices staffed at 100% capacity.
  • Facial coverings are required when social distancing is not possible. 

All faculty and staff are required to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to reporting to work each day, effective August 3, 2020. 

Dear Florida Tech community,

In keeping with the “Florida Tech Safe: Return to Learn” plan, face coverings have been purchased for use by all faculty, staff, and students. For employees, each department on campus is asked to send one representative to Human Resources to pick up the face coverings. Managers are then responsible for distributing to their staff and keeping record of the distribution.

Face coverings must be worn by all staff working on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

One washable, reusable face covering per employee will be provided by Florida Tech. You may also wear your own cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace. Cloth face coverings should only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again.  

For details regarding cloth face coverings, including how to create, wear and care for home-made face coverings, visit the CDC Web site.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our campus community healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

The Office of Human Resources

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for us all. It has been impressive with how our students, faculty, and staff continue to manage this situation.

While closely monitoring and actively addressing the realities of the moment, Florida Tech is also focused on the future. We are excited about the return to campus for students, faculty and staff.  We have outlined a three phase approach for the faculty and staff return to campus.  Additional guidance for the Florida Tech return to work strategy is provided on the attached document. 

Phase 1 - Return to Campus

Effective June 15, 2020

  • Social distancing is required across the campus. 
  • Offices staffed at 50% capacity. 
  • In-person meetings are limited to a capacity that allows for social distancing. 
  • Use zoom or other web conferencing services to conduct larger group meeting. 
  • Facial Coverings are required in high traffic areas, to include: Bookstore, Library, Admissions, Financial Aid and the Foosaner Art Museum.
  • Facial coverings are optional in other campus locations. 
  • Vendors are required to wear Facial coverings while on campus.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed in high traffic areas. 
  • Library, Gym and PDH are restricted to the Florida Tech community only, with potential service modifications
  • Florida Tech will continue with extra sanitization steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. 
  • Dining seating capacity adjustments will be in place. Takeout will be offered. 
  • University travel is limited.
  • Employees are required to report International travel and travel to areas with substantial community spread.  Upon return employees are not permitted on campus for 14-days.
  • The University will remain flexible as the situation requires. 

Phase 2 - Return to Campus

Effective July 13, 2020

  • Continuation from above with increased capacity.   
  • Offices staffed at 75% capacity. 

Phase 3 - Return to Full Campus

Effective August 10, 2020

  • Continuation from above with increased capacity.
  • Offices staffed at 100% capacity.
  • Facial coverings are required when social distancing is not possible. 

COVID-19 Guidance from the CDC

The CDC continues to provide updated guidance to address various strategies related to COVID-19.

Visit this CDC page about coping with daily life below for guidance on how to best plan, prepare and cope with stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Find guidance related to running essential errands as we all manage our daily lives during this Pandemic.

Wellness Coloring Book

For stress relief for you and your family, please print the Wellness Coloring Book created by the Wellness Committee.  

ICUBA BenefitsWise Newsletter

ICUBA BenefitsWise Newsletter for April 2020 is now available! 

See below for articles from the newsletter on Teledoc and ICUBA’s COVID-19 Coverage.

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

The university has experienced many operational adjustments while dealing with COVID-19, with a significant impact to faculty and staff.  Many of our employees have transitioned to a remote work status over recent weeks.  We have distributed tips for employees working in a remote work setting, to include suggestions such as Stick to a Routine and Set up a Dedicated Work Space.  The IT department has also distributed useful resources related to technology. 

It is important that managers remain in close contact with remote employees.  For a positive impact on employee engagement, employees need to experience connections to their team as well as the University.  We encourage managers to request regular updates from remote employees regarding daily activities, workload and projects.   

Employees not classified as essential and who do not have the ability to work remote – are permitted to use paid time off benefits, to include Vacation, Sick and Personal.  The employee will move to an unpaid status once the paid time off balances are exhausted. 

The university will pay the full benefit premiums while the employee is in an unpaid status, preventing a break in coverage.  Employees in an unpaid status have the option to apply for state unemployment benefits (https://fileunemployment.org/florida).  The federal CARES Act encourages states to expand unemployment benefits and provides additional federal funds.  It provides an extra $600 per week in benefits with every unemployment check for the next four months.  States are also incentivized to expand the number of weeks of unemployment, to waive the typical first week waiting period and to allow employees who have had their hours reduced claim some unemployment benefits.  We will provide updates as we learn how Florida will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the CARES Act. 

Brevard k-12 will continue remote learning through May 4th.

Through this period of time, supervisors have latitude regarding use of vacation time. Also, supervisors have wide discretion with telecommuting/remote work arrangements.  Employees should consult their supervisors and HR can supply appropriate support concerning telecommuting guidelines.  Employees are not permitted to bring children to work. 

I am not comfortable being on campus given the risk of the virus – do I have an option to work remote? 

Remote work options may be available. Supervisors have discretion under these unusual circumstances. Consult your supervisor. 

Based upon my personal health condition, I prefer to limit my exposure to the public for the immediate future.  Is there an option for me to work remote? 

Remote work options may be available. Supervisors have discretion under these unusual circumstances. Consult your supervisor.

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

The university has experienced many operational adjustments while dealing with COVID-19, with a significant impact to faculty and staff.  Many of our employees have transitioned to a remote work status over recent weeks.  We have distributed tips for employees working in a remote work setting, to include suggestions such as Stick to a Routine and Set up a Dedicated Work Space. The IT department has also distributed useful resources related to technology. 

It is important that managers remain in close contact with remote employees.  For a positive impact on employee engagement, employees need to experience connections to their team as well as the University.  We encourage managers to request regular updates from remote employees regarding daily activities, workload and projects.   

Employees not classified as essential and who do not have the ability to work remote – are permitted to use paid time off benefits, to include Vacation, Sick and Personal.  The employee will move to an unpaid status once the paid time off balances are exhausted. 

The university will pay the full benefit premiums while the employee is in an unpaid status, preventing a break in coverage. Employees in an unpaid status have the option to apply for state unemployment benefits (https://fileunemployment.org/florida).  The federal CARES Act encourages states to expand unemployment benefits and provides additional federal funds.  It provides an extra $600 per week in benefits with every unemployment check for the next four months.  States are also incentivized to expand the number of weeks of unemployment, to waive the typical first week waiting period and to allow employees who have had their hours reduced claim some unemployment benefits.  We will provide updates as we learn how Florida will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the CARES Act. 

Brevard k-12 will continue remote learning through May 4th. Through this period of time, supervisors have latitude regarding use of vacation time. Also, supervisors have wide discretion with telecommuting/remote work arrangements.  Employees should consult their supervisors and HR can supply appropriate support concerning telecommuting guidelines.  Employees are not permitted to bring children to work. 

I am not comfortable being on campus given the risk of the virus – do I have an option to work remote? 

Remote work options may be available. Supervisors have discretion under these unusual circumstances. Consult your supervisor. 

Based upon my personal health condition, I prefer to limit my exposure to the public for the immediate future.  Is there an option for me to work remote? 

Remote work options may be available. Supervisors have discretion under these unusual circumstances. Consult your supervisor.

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

These are uncertain times, and we remain committed to protecting the health and safety of the campus community throughout this COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Protective measures involve a range of actions, from extra steps in regularly sanitizing areas across campus to dining adjustments designed to safeguard food service. The suspension of face to face instruction for students and the allowance for remote work options for employees are also designed to preserve health.

Now we are requesting your additional assistance. If:

  • You are experiencing coronavirus symptoms or have potentially been exposed to someone with the virus; or
  • You have been tested for the virus and are awaiting results; or
  • You have tested positive for the virusT

Then we ask for you to immediately notify Human Resources so that we may offer you appropriate support. You may call us at 321-674-8100 or email us at hr@fit.edu.

During this difficult period, we must all remain vigilant concerning our health and take appropriate steps to safeguard ourselves and others.

Sincerely,

Dondi Kuennen
Vice President of Human Resources

Dear Florida Tech Faculty and Staff,

Florida Tech continues to take steps to ensure the overall health and safety of the university community. We ask that you continue to be vigilant concerning your health. Below are some common questions and answers for employees:

I am feeling ill – what should I do? 

If you are feeling ill, immediately consult your health care provider.  For those employees enrolled in the Florida Tech medical plan, Teladoc is available as an option to avoid office waiting rooms. 

What if I test positive for COVID-19 or am experiencing flu-like symptoms and will have an extended absence from work? 

Employees may use available sick time and consider requesting leave under the FMLA with a Short-Term Disability claim.  Participants in the sick bank also have that as an option.

Brevard K-12 is closed until March 30 – I will have difficulty with child care during this extended period of time. What are my options?

Through this period of time, supervisors have latitude regarding use of vacation time. Also, supervisors have wide discretion with telecommuting/remote work arrangements.  Employees should consult their supervisors and HR can supply appropriate support concerning telecommuting guidelines.  Employees are not permitted to bring children to work. 

I am not comfortable being on campus given the risk of the virus – do I have an option to work remote? 

Remote work options may be available. Supervisors have wide discretion under these unusual circumstances. Consult your supervisor.

Based upon my personal health condition, I prefer to limit my exposure to the public for the immediate future.  Is there an option for me to work remote? 

Remote work options may be available. Supervisors have wide discretion under these unusual circumstances. Consult your supervisor.

Other points to remember:

  • Week of March 16 – Brevard Public Schools spring break.  Parents should have pre-planned child care for this week.
  • March 23 – April 15 – Brevard Public Schools spring break extended.  Employees can use available time off, to include vacation, personal or sick time.
  • Daycare closures – Florida Tech will be flexible to allow employees to use available time off, to include vacation, personal or sick time.

In the event that an employee depletes all available leave, contact the Office of Human Resources to determine any other options that may be available.