Published Sunday, March 15 at 3:34pm

Dear Maricopa employees,

I know members of our Maricopa community have raised questions and comments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To ensure our messaging and resources around COVID-19 are easily accessible, District Office Human Resources has assembled a FAQ document (attached).

Some of the questions answered in the FAQ include:

  1. What should MCCCD managers and supervisors communicate to MCCCD employees regarding travel during the outbreak of COVID-19?

  2. If I come to work and my supervisor sends me home, is that considered sick leave?

  3. Do the same leave policies apply to residential faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff?

  4. What steps should be taken if an employee becomes ill on or off duty with fever, cough, or other concerning symptoms?

  5. May MCCCD require an employee who has contracted COVID-19 or self-quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19 to provide a certification from a health care provider before returning to work?

Again, Spring Break has been extended for in-person classes from March 16 - March 20, 2020. Our Colleges and District Office, however, remain open for normal business. In the next few days, we will make decisions about whether to resume in-person classes after the extended Spring Break. We will notify the Maricopa community when the decision has been made.

Employees may have the ability to work from home, at the discretion of their supervisor or manager. Please direct any questions you have that are related to this email or the attached FAQ’s to your college leadership or human resources department.

To make sure that we are up to the challenge of supporting our students, our community, and each other through these challenging times, it is imperative that we take care of ourselves. Please practice self-care. It can be tempting to run on adrenaline as we move from crisis to crisis, but this is going to take stamina. Please watch out for yourselves and make sure that you take time away from the computer to refresh, unwind, and recharge. We need you to stay healthy!