Are employees able to telework to accommodate child-care issues due to a COVID-19 related closure?

In accordance with policy, telework requires approval of the department director. Per TELEWK-01, “Telework is not a substitute for routine childcare or other dependent care responsibilities. If a child or dependent is regularly or frequently present during scheduled work hours, the employee agrees to make arrangements for the care and supervision of that child or dependent as appropriate. Occasionally, supervisors may approve infrequent or limited instances of care for a child or dependent while teleworking. Such approval shall be based on business need as determined by the supervisor.” 

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1. Are face coverings required in the workplace?
2. What should I do if I come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is showing symptoms?
3. Am I eligible for paid leave if I am absent from work due to a COVID-19 related reason?
4. What are the County’s policies on the use of sick leave or telework for employees who are diagnosed with or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19?
5. Can management send an employee home if the employee comes to work sick or displaying obvious cold or flu symptoms? If so, will the employee be required to use paid accrued leave?
6. Can management require an employee to provide a doctor’s note “clearing” the employee to return to work?
7. When can I return to work if I am feeling sick?
8. What should I do if I am concerned that my co-worker may be contagious or is caring for or lives with someone who is contagious?
9. What happens if an employee is sick and does not have any accrued sick leave?
10. Can an employee telework instead of using sick leave?
11. Will an employee with the COVID-19 virus be covered by Family Medical Leave?
12. What if the employee was exposed to the COVID-19 virus at work as a result of his/her job duties? Will the employee’s exposure to illness and/or subsequent illness be covered by Workers’ Compensation?
13. What if an employee needs time off to care for a sick relative with the COVID-19 virus?
14. Are employees able to telework to accommodate child-care issues due to a COVID-19 related closure?
15. Does our County medical insurance plan offer any options for virtual care?
16. I am very worried and fearful about COVID-19 and the potential impacts to me and my family. What resources does the County have available to assist employees with dealing with stress?
17. If I or a family member is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus and are also covered under the Cigna health plan, how will the COVID-19 testing be covered?
18. What is the quarantine period for people who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
19. Has Loudoun County taken steps related to air quality in county facilities to reduce the potential airborne transmission of COVID-19?
20. I have a question that is not addressed in this FAQ. Who should I direct my inquiry to?