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COVID 19: Wellness Notification

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Subject: Wellness Notification

Sent on behalf of Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Management, Keri Powers & Executive Director of The Wellness Center, Chris Frazer

Hello, BSU employees:

Thank you for the amazing work that you have done to keep our campus safe and healthy. As we approach the heart of flu season, we wanted to remind you of the steps you can take to help us finish the semester strong.

First, getting your flu shot  is more important than ever this year. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has mandated  that all of our resident and in-person students show proof of flu vaccination before Dec.31, so having robust employee participation in the vaccination process should go a long way to reducing the incidence of flu on campus. As many of you know, the symptoms of flu  are very similar to COVID-19, making diagnostic differentiation a challenge to the ‘abundance of caution’ approach that we take with health on campus. The less we need to worry about the flu, the easier it will be for us to continue to focus on COVID-19.

Next, let me take this moment to remind you that one of the most important elements of our Code of Public Health is to STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK. Our ability to be remote this semester has been an incredible undertaking, so let’s make sure to use that option liberally whenever you feel ill. Please also be reminded that most employees (full-time, part-time, and temporary) accrue paid sick leave, which can be used to account for time away from the office or classroom when sick or caring for a family member who may be sick. In addition, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. To learn more about these paid sick leave options and their eligibility criteria, please contact Michelle Arsenault in the Benefits Office at Employees needing to report a sick leave absence should do so in accordance with university policies and procedures and are also encouraged to notify their supervisor of the sick leave absence.

Finally, if you do end up staying home with illness and you want to know about testing options, please check the “Stop the Spread initiative as these Massachusetts sponsored sites use the same Broad Institute testing that we have on campus. The results from these sites are typically faster than testing done through primary care offices and are much more accurate than rapid tests. Asymptomatic employees concerned about COVID-19 are always welcome to test with us at the on-campus testing site Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The testing site will be moving from the Commuter Parking Garage to the Dunn Conference Suites starting this coming Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

We appreciate your attention to this important matter.

Stay well!