California is currently under a “Safer at Home” order. Because the Long Beach Unified School District is considered to be a provider of certain essential services under this order, including school meals and Home Learning Opportunities, employees must continue to work to support our students. Where possible, the school district has made arrangements for employees to work remotely at home. All employees working at home are on call to come into work sites as needed. FTE employees remain in paid status whether they are working remotely or are present at a work site. If an employee is unable to report to work or to perform work from home, then one of the leaves described in the information here may be considered and applied for, but a leave will only be approved if the conditions for the leave are met. All employees are able to use their accrued leave balances to stay home for other reasons.
COVID-19 Employee Letter
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) - Employee's Rights
Emergency Sick Leave
As of April 1, 2020, an eligible full-time employees may receive up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave (part-time employees get a prorated amount) if they are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. An employee may first use emergency paid sick leave before using any of their accrued leave balances, however compensation for the Emergency Paid Sick Leave may vary according to the reasons listed above. The Emergency Paid Sick Leave can be used in full day increments.
An employee may use Emergency Paid Sick Leave if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order by federal, state or local government, advised to self-quarantine by a healthcare provider, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis. The employee will be paid their regular pay rate up to a maximum of $511.00 a day.
An employee may also use Emergency Paid Sick Leave if they are caring for someone subject to a quarantine or isolation by a federal, state or local government or a healthcare provider. The employee is paid based on 2/3 of the employee’s regular rate of pay, up to a maximum of $200 a day.
Click here for form: Emergency Paid Sick Leave
Emergency FMLA -- Child Care Leave
As of April 1, 2020, eligible employees who are unable to work because their minor child’s school or childcare is closed due to COVID-19 are entitled to 12 workweeks of leave.
The first 10 days are unpaid unless the employee utilizes their accrued personal necessity leave, sick leave, or vacation for unpaid FMLA. The employee may also choose to use Emergency Paid Sick Leave (80 hours prorated for part-time) for the first ten days and receive 2/3 of your regular rate, up to a maximum of $200 a day.
The remaining 10 weeks of the leave is paid at 2/3 of your regular rate, up to a maximum of $200 a day.
In order to qualify for this leave, an employee must have worked in LBUSD for at least 30 days. Any prior approved FMLA leave will reduce the available leave balances.
NOTE: Prior approval of this leave is required. The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion ACT requires that candidates meet eligibility requirements. Those who do not meet eligibility requirements will not qualify.
Click here for form: Emergency FMLA Expansion Act
*What happens to contract (permanent, probationary or special contract) employees who must isolate themselves because they are sick from COVID-19, cohabitate with any individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, recently traveled to level 3 countries, are over 65 years old, have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition, or are pregnant?
Employees who meet one condition above as verified by a health professional will be placed on paid administrative leave without any impact to their salary or benefits pursuant to Education Code sections 44964 and 45199. Employees who meet one condition set above must complete the following Request for Leave of Absence due to Directed Isolation and submit available documentation to PhysicianServices@lbschools.net (those aged 65 or older do not need to submit documentation).