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Employee Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are organized into the most vital categories for questions about the College's reopening plans.

Social (Physical) Distancing vs. Self-Isolation vs. Self-Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to the general population by infected persons, or to remove persons who may be infected from risking the spread of disease to the general population. Social or Physical Distancing is a relatively new term to encourage the general population to separate when out in public to limit the potential spread of a communicable disease. More complete definitions are below:

  • Quarantine: a method used to separate ill persons who have been diagnosed as having a communicable disease from those who are healthy. Quarantine restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases.
  • Isolation: a self-imposed quarantine, or shelter in place decision, used to separate and restrict the movement of undiagnosed persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Isolation can also help limit the spread of a communicable disease like COVID-19.
  • Social or Physical Distancing: a preventative measure used by the general population to limit potential spread of a communicable disease. For COVID-19, the recommended distance is six (6) feet.

Consult with your healthcare provider to determine your specific healthcare needs. Do not come to work if you are ill, running a fever, or have members of your household who are ill or have a fever.

Also, CVT PPO members can access MDLIVE by calling (888) 632-2738, or registering at


Please use the COS Company Nurse screening process when coming to campus. Contact HR for assistance. Please consult with your healthcare provider, or check the Centers for Diseases (CDC), Siskiyou Public Health Department, or the State of California Public Health websites for additional guidelines on self-assessment.

CSEA and CTA Collective Bargaining Agreements state that a doctor's note may be required as follows:

  • CSEA – absent for five (5) consecutive working days
  • CTA – absent for three (3) consecutive academic school days
  • Unrepresented - will follow the CSEA guidelines

If an employee returns to work after having been diagnosed with the coronavirus, a doctor's note is required.

The District may take your temperature. Please use the COS Company Nurse screening process. Contact HR for assistance.

For employees covered by the District's health insurance, the COVID-19 test is provided at no cost.

Leaves and Benefits

For more information, please see the COVID-19 Related Leaves under "Employee Leaves & Resources."

Short-term and student employees employed 90 days or more receive sick leave. After the first 90 days of employment, leave balances are on "mySiskiyous." Click on the "Employee" tab and then the "Leave" tab. If your leave is not yet posted in "mySiskiyous," please email Beverly Muelrath in HR at

For more information, please see the COVID-19 Related Leaves under "Employee Leaves & Resources."

In the event you find yourself off work, please contact Human Resources.

The State of California is working to assist California workers hurt or affected by COVID-19. Affected workers can visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency's website ( or the Employment Development Department ( While the District will not contest requests for unemployment, it is the State of California's determination whether unemployment should be given.

Human Resources staff will help you determine if you qualify for Family Medical Leave (FML). If you qualify, the District will continue to pay the District's portion. Please contact Human Resources for more information.

Paychecks will be mailed on payday to the employee's address on record. Please contact Fiscal Services with any questions.

You can view your leave balances by going to the "mySiskiyous" link on the webpage. Click on the "Employee" tab and then the "Leave" tab.

For questions regarding leave related to COVID-19, please contact Human Resources.
Phone: (530) 938-5317

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