Leave during a Public Health Emergency

In the event of an officially-declared pandemic or other public health emergency, the President of the College may declare that the following policy is in effect. The purpose of the policy is to minimize risk of further infection.

Medical Leave

Supervisors are to encourage faculty and staff who feel sick not to come to work and to seek appropriate medical attention. The sick leave policy and procedures under the Sick Leave Bank will apply to all staff employees who are absent from work due to illness.

If a staff member is unable to return to work after all available sick, personal and vacation time is exhausted, he or she will continue to be paid his or her normal wages* as long as there is regular communication with the Office of Human Resources and the employee's immediate supervisor.

Since faculty members do not accrue sick leave, their salary will continue* as long as there is regular communication with the Office of Human Resources, the department chair and dean. Immediate mandatory medical leave may be imposed on a faculty or staff member who is suspected to be ill or becomes ill at the workplace.

Personal Leave to Care for Family Members

If a staff member is required to stay home to take care of family members due to the pubic health emergency, staff will first use their accumulated personal, sick and vacation leave. If staff members exhaust their sick, personal or vacation leave, the college will continue to pay their wages*.

Wages will continue as long as there is reasonable communication with the Office of Human Resources and the supervisor as to the condition of the family members. Since faculty members do not accumulate personal, sick or vacation time, their salary will continue* as long as there is reasonable communication with the Office of Human Resources and the department chair or dean.

*Agnes Scott College reserves the right to review and determine the amount of continued pay that will be available to any employee or group of employees. The college also reserves the right to designate all or a portion of leave under this policy to the employee's FMLA entitlement pursuant to the college's Family and Medical Leave policy and applicable laws.


Policy No.  397  Issued  3/1/2012