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Carthage and COVID-19

Campus Offices and Remote Work

Below are Carthage College’s guidelines for employees. If you have questions on any of the points below, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@carthage.edu 

  • All Carthage offices will remain open and services will still be provided to support our students and faculty during this time. Supervisors will work with individuals who may require remote accommodations if it becomes necessary.
  • Staff who can work remotely should prepare for the possibility of doing so. This will help the College to be prepared to “scale up” workplace social distancing if it becomes necessary.
  • Employees may use paid sick time for self-isolation or quarantine, even if they are not sick, when it is required or recommended by public health authorities/guidelines or by health care providers.
  • Employees may use paid family and dependent care sick time to care for immediate family and household members who are not ill but need care due to any COVID-19 related closures of schools or day care centers, or for other breakdowns in care arrangements.
  • Employees who miss work to actively care for dependents or household members may use dependent care sick time.
  • If an employee is working remotely with relatively self-sufficient dependents or household members at home due to COVID-19 disruptions, there is no need to report the use of paid time off.
  • Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health.
  • If an employee at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agree that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent, the employee should contact their supervisor or the Human Resources office. We will explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining business operations. A doctor’s note may be required.
  • Illinois residents under the shelter-in-place order should consult with their area supervisors if they are unsure about reporting to work. This state order makes provisions for those working in “essential businesses,” which includes educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, and/or performing core functions.

References for Remote Work

Library and Information Services has resources for you to work remotely, if needed. LIS is also available to provide assistance during this time. Please email help@carthage.edu if you have questions or concerns.