Return to Work Resources
As District 49 Returns to Work for the 2020 fall semester, our teams of planners are developing useful resources to address needs specific to this school year. We are sharing these resources on our Team website as soon as they are available to ensure our entire staff can easily find valuable information to support our return to work in this unusual situation. As we move into our new school year, we will do so with heightened attention to keeping our workplace as safe as possible and minimizing the potential spread of illness. We also realize the potential for exposure to COVID is very real for all of us while shopping, while socializing or while at work. We have provided sick leave information to explain options and answers in the event any of us is faced with one of many possible scenarios.
If there are questions related to COVID that haven’t been answered yet, please contact your supervisor with your concerns. They will pass along the questions and comments to the Service Leadership Team.
D49 Employee COVID Concern Form
Instructions to Employee: If you
1) are experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms;
2) you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19; or
3) you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you wonder what to do, use this form to report it to D49 experts Lisa Cheney and Patsy Prettyman.
Fill in all fields as completely as possible, then click submit.
Confidentiality Commitment: Your form will go directly to Lisa Cheney, HR Leave Specialist and Patsy Prettyman, D49 Lead Nurse. The information you provide will be used to determine appropriate action steps. Your information will be treated with discretion and disclosed to others only on a need to know basis.
New Board Policy GBAB Provides Whistleblower Rights
On July 11, 2020, Governor Polis signed HB 20-1415 providing whistleblower rights to protect employees from discrimination and/or retaliation if they raise health and safety concerns related to a public health emergency. Employers, including school districts, are prohibited from taking adverse action or otherwise retaliating against workers who, in good faith, raise reasonable concerns about violations of governmental health or safety rules. It also prohibits retaliation against workers who raise reasonable concerns about significant workplace threats to health or safety related to a public health emergency.
In support of this law, and reflecting its commitment to providing a safe work environment for all employees, the board of education adopted Policy GBAB - Workplace Health and Safety Protection at its August 13, 2020 meeting.
The policy states when district employees know or have reasonable concern about workplace violations of government health or safety rules, or about an otherwise significant workplace threat to health or safety related to a public health emergency, they should report such concerns following the district’s grievance procedure. (Employees may access the grievance policy here: https://www.d49.org/grievance.)
For Additional Information or Support
During regular business hours, call the El Paso County Public Health Department at 719-578-3220
After hours and on weekends, call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Hotline at 303-389-1687
The most up-to-date information on 2019-COVID is available at these CDC webpages:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
General Business Frequently Asked Questions
Finally, we strongly encourage you to please contact your healthcare provider with any questions / concerns. School nurses are NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as pronounced shortness of breath, seek emergency medical care and consult with your primary care physician.