Campus Alert: For coronavirus mitigation, Mid restricts building access and moves courses to remote-delivery only. Details: Mid’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Page.

Employee FAQ

Thank you for your patience and assistance as the College works to respond to the rapidly-evolving Covid-19 situation.

At this point, College leaders maintain careful contact with partners at Michigan Department of Health and the Governor's office. We have and will continue to adhere to the cautious advice and direction of these entities.

Such precautions include:

  • Cancelation of all gatherings of 50+ people
  • Reconsidering all work-related travel
  • Accommodating those at elevated health risk
  • Remote delivery of student services until May 2 (this date may be extended)
  • Remote delivery of course content for the remainder of the Winter 2020 Semester
  • Remote delivery of course content for the Summer 2020 Semester
    • Lab-based courses may begin May 18, but no face-to-face labs will be available prior to June 29 (this date may be extended)
  • Additional disinfecting practices and social distancing on campus facilities

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FAQ

What do I do if I am sick, am at elevated risk, or face Covid-19-related barriers to working?

As of March 19, employees of the College are expected to work remotely, with exception of some employees deemed essential to the on-site operations of the College. Employees should work with supervisors and the HR office to discuss leave allowances and needs, along with accommodations, and remote work expectations.

What healthcare provisions and BCBSM benefits should I know about?

  • BCBSM will waive prior authorizations for diagnostic tests and for covered services that are medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidance if diagnosed with COVID-19. BCBSM will also make dedicated clinical staff available to address inquiries related to medical services, ensuring timeliness of responses related to COVID-19.
  • BCBSM will cover the full cost of medically necessary diagnostic tests that are consistent with CDC guidance related to COVID-19. BCBSM will cover, with no cost share to the member, the appropriate medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19, where it is not covered as part of the Public Health Service response, and ensure patient testing and any subsequent needed care are done in close coordination with federal, state and public health authorities.
  • BCBSM will increase access to prescription medications by waiving early medication refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications (consistent with members' benefit plan) and encouraging members to use 90-day mail order benefits if available. BCBSM will also ensure formulary flexibility if there are shortages or access issues. Patients will not be liable for the additional charges that stem from obtaining a non-preferred medication for COVID-19 Treatment.
  • BCBSM will expand access to telehealth and its 24-hour nurse hotline. Given the nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, seeking in-person medical care may lead to further spreading of the virus. BCBSM will encourage the use of virtual care and will also facilitate member access and use of nurse/provider hotlines.

Mid Michigan College's BCBSM plan already includes a free 24 Hour Nurse Line (1-800-775-BLUE / 1-800-775-2583) and covers online doctor visits. Seeking virtual consultations for flu-like symptoms is a safe step for members who want to talk with board-certified doctors and can help avoid the spread of illness in physician offices and emergency room settings. For more information about BCBSM's free 24-Hour Nurse Line and signing up for BCBSM Online Visits, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, or any other aspects of your BCBSM Simply Blue PPO qualifying High Deductible Health Plan, contact HR.

What guidance is there for work-related travel and conferences?

Many conferences have already been canceled, but for those that remain scheduled, the decision about whether or not to attend is up to you. We understand if you want to cancel.

If you need to cancel reservations made through the Purchasing Office, please do so soon. If you purchased reservations/conference fees using a College card or personal card, request refunds directly from the contracted parties.

If you have recently canceled travel plans through the purchasing office, the Purchasing Office is working diligently with the respective airlines and conference providers to secure refunds and flight credits/vouchers for all scheduled trips. As we process various reservations, the purchasing team will forward the results to you.

If there are any questions, feel free to contact Dennis Adler.

How should I respond to student questions about Mid's Covid-19 response?

The Covid-19 Student FAQ has a lot of answers that you can use to respond to students. If you don't see a question listed, submit a question form on that page so that we can get it added.

Students asking questions about individual instructor plans or course plans are best handled by the course instructor. Please refer the student appropriately.

If you are unsure what communications have been sent to students or you would like additional help, contact Jessie Gordon.


How will the College communicate with me about important changes and updates?

We want you to stay informed and aware. The College will continue emailing updates to employees as they are available. In order to maintain consistent, real-time updates to all employees, we’ll be managing this Employee FAQ page.

How can I get answers to my questions or share my ideas?

It is a busy time, and we are grateful for the patience and respect already shown by the College’s employees. We want to make sure that you are heard!

Please complete the Employee Questions and Ideas Form to submit your thoughts and questions. This way, we can share answers with all employees at once.

Your ideas will be directed to the appropriate department, division, or committee for review and consideration.

Beyond that, please continue to participate in shared governance meetings and departmental/divisional meetings.

What College-sponsored events have been canceled?

All Mid Michigan College events, including athletics, commencement, honors convocation, nursing pinning ceremony, annual fundraiser "A Northern Tradition," and the Rust Shaker Mountain Bike Race, have been canceled. We will communicate alternative plans when/if they are available.

Lifelong Learning Classes: Visit the Lifelong Learning web page for complete class information.

Short-Term trainings and non-credit program work may still be taking place. Visit the appropriate page on the Corporate and Continuing Education site to learn about these offerings.

Are there any special provisions for medical leave and pay during this time?

Yes.

Emergency Fund Resources

Recognizing that Covid-19 has added new burdens to some employees, we are making an interest-free loan of up to $250 available to each employee of the College. These loans may be paid back through small increments using payroll deduction. Please contact me or Vice President Lillian Frick if you would like to arrange for such a loan confidentially.

Hour Borrowing for Sick Leave

Employees who have exhausted their leave time, or who are still on their probationary employment period may borrow up to 80 hours of leave time, specifically for situations resulting from Covid-19.


What about the campus grounds and trails?

Events of 50+ people are canceled through May 2, which includes mountain bike races and other gatherings.

However, the College's trail system and restroom access in the Poet Family Outdoor Education Center remain open and available.

Can I bring home College technology to support my working remotely?

Yes.

Employees who would like to take home office or other technology equipment to support their remote work should complete this request form. The Tech Team will work with you on getting your requested equipment.

Can I come to campus? Are any buildings open to me?

As of 3/23/2020 at 11:59PM, the College will not allow any building access for three weeks, in accordance with the Statewide Stay-at-Home mandate. This applies to all campus sites and buildings. Correspondingly, students will no longer have access to on-campus computer labs.

There are few exceptions for employees. However, those who fall under the mandate's provision that they provide necessary basic operations (including processing payroll) and allow the College to maintain its facility and security, will be allowed limited entry. These employees should only be in a College building for the minimum amount of time required to complete their work.

Campus security, which occurs through separate contracts with the local sheriff's offices and STT Services will remain on duty.

 
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