Frequently Asked Questions for Transportation Employees
Here's a list of commonly asked questions for Transportation Employees.
As drivers and attendants continue to inquire on work assignments during the scheduled virtual return to school, please know that leadership has advised us that there are no plans to furlough employees at this time. Leadership is looking at ways to incorporate drivers into a plan that will support our students during distance learning and is working with a committee to define such duties. As soon as these plans are finalized, drivers and attendants will be notified.
Is our sick leave charged while we are self-quarantined due to work related exposure?
Employees in this scenario can apply for the use of additional sick leave under the EPSL (up to 2 weeks of pay/leave). In this pandemic, the current quarantine length is two weeks. If the employee becomes ill, they can transition the claim to STD (with Lincoln Financial).
Will FCPS be providing access to testing?
Employees who have our health insurance can have testing covered with no co-pay or deductible charged. Additionally, a number of local labs are offering the services at a small fee ($10-$15).
Would a COVID diagnosis qualify for workers' compensation, as it could take months to recover and greatly decimate leave?
Currently, the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission does not consider COVID as a covered occupational disease. This is true of how any other flu is addressed.
Will transportation employees get hazard pay since there is no option of working virtual?
Effective July 13, 2020, FCPS is no longer operating under Condition 1B, Schools and All Offices Closed due to National Public Health Emergency. Callback emergency compensation will no longer be authorized for nonexempt contracted employees who are public facing/public engaging. Guidance from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia are being followed by FCPS. Every reasonable precaution is being made to keep all students and staff as safe as possible as we re-open our schools and communities. If an employee feels that he/she cannot safely return to work, information about leave programs for employees who cannot return to work or for whom telework is unavailable can be found on the Employee Resources website.
With summer instruction offered virtually, will I be paid if I accept a summer work assignment?
There are limited summer assignments that will be completed such as bus maintenance. Drivers who have signed up for this summer task and drivers who are assigned to support the food delivery service will be paid for all hours worked. In order to be paid for summer work, the work must be assigned and completed.
If we are not paid during the canceled summer work assignment, will I be able to collect unemployment benefits during the summer?
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) cannot advise you on your eligibility for unemployment benefits. Eligibility for unemployment benefits is solely a function of the Virginia Employment Commission. You may visit the Virginia Employment Commission website for further assistance with your inquiry.
When will we be asked to conduct summer clean out, remove personal items from and start my bus?
A decision has not been made on this timing. If you have a necessity to remove a personal item, please contact your immediate supervisor for guidance.
Will personal protective equipment (PPE) be required/provided when school reopens?
A decision will be made by the School Division concerning timing and details for the reopening of schools. When this happens, all details for the Office of Transportation Services will be posted on this web page. However, it is important to note that at this time, the following statement was issued by FCPS:
Effective immediately, all FCPS employees are required to wear cloth face coverings when in spaces where social distancing is difficult to maintain within FCPS buildings. For staff members working in offices, cloth face coverings must be worn at all times outside of the office space. For employees who work in open spaces or cubicles, cloth face coverings must be worn at all times. Also, maintain awareness of your own proximity to others and physically distance yourselves (6 feet), particularly in places like hallways, bathrooms, and kitchens.
In addition to the above, please remember to practice the following basic preventative measures regarding the spread of a virus:
- Frequent hand washing
- Social distancing
- Covering a cough or sneeze
- Staying home when ill or symptomatic
Please contact your program manager with questions.
Can I work another job while getting paid by FCPS?
You should not be employed by anyone other than FCPS during the hours that you are normally working for FCPS; while you are still being paid (employed) by FCPS.
When will the 10-month employee health insurance benefits end for the 2019-2020 school year?
As long as the employee worked in June (and meet the payment of the benefit deductions), the 10-month employee’s health coverage extends until August 31st.