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COVID-19 Leave Information

COVID-19 leave will no longer be available to Montgomery County Public Schools employees after June 30, 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination Leave (UIV)

COVID-19 vaccination leave (UIV) is reported at the employee’s work location. All three unions agree that employees may request two hours of UIV leave the day they receive a COVID-19 vaccination and four hours of UIV leave the following day. SEIU allows employees to request six hours of UIV the following day, as long as the employee does not request two hours the previous day. MCPS Form 430-1C, Request for COVID Sick Leave should be submitted to the work location and attached to the employee’s timesheet.

COVID-19 Leave (UIS)

COVID-19 leave (UIS) is approved by the Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC). Employees may be approved for up to 10 days of COVID-19 leave for the entire school year. Additional leave may be approved on a case-by-case basis. 

Vaccinated employees (or those with approved exemptions) may request COVID-19 leave if they are waiting on test results or have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is required to complete MCPS Form 430-1C, Request for COVID Sick Leave and email it to ERSC with one of the following supporting medical documents: 

  • COVID-19 test result(s);
  • a completed and signed copy of MCPS Form 440-35, Certification of Physician or Health Care Provider;
  • a letter from a physician on their letterhead stating that the employee has COVID-19; or
  • a letter from a county or state health department to that effect. 

All employees may request COVID-19 leave for taking care of an immediate family member who lives in the employee’s household who either has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been directed to quarantine. The employee is required to complete MCPS Form 430-1C, Request for COVID Sick Leave and email it to ERSC with one of the following supporting medical documents: 

  • COVID-19 test result(s);
  • a completed and signed copy of MCPS Form 440-35, Certification of Physician or Health Care Provider;
  • a letter from a physician on their letterhead stating that the family member has or has been exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine;
  • a letter from a county or state health department to that effect; or
  • a letter from a child-care facility or school stating the employee’s child has or has been exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine.

Employees should be reported as SCK until they are approved for COVID leave. If the employee is approved for COVID-19 leave, the ERSC leave team will email posting instructions. Once approved, the timekeeper should report UIS for the approved absence by submitting a PACS correction to change SCK to UIS for the reported hours that are approved for COVID-19 leave. DO NOT report any of this time as UIV or UIP.

Returning to Work After Having COVID-19

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are past the 10-day quarantine period may return to work without submitting an MCPS Return to Work Evaluation form. 

Employees are not required to be retested following a positive test. This is because those who have tested positive for COVID-19 may continue to test positive for up to 90 days.

Information for Unvaccinated Employees

Vaccination and/or Weekly Testing Status

Unvaccinated employees may email Heather Dublinske, coordinator, Student Welfare and Compliance, to inquire about their vaccination attestation and/or weekly testing status.

Leave for Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Unvaccinated employees must be tested for COVID-19 weekly. MCEA and SEIU bargaining unit members who are unvaccinated and unable to be tested outside of their duty day may take up to two hours of unusual and imperative leave during the work day for this purpose. When on-site testing is unavailable, MCAAP/MCBOA bargaining unit members may be tested off-site during off-duty hours or in accordance with Article 15 (B)(1) of the 2020-2023 collective bargaining agreement between MCAAP/MCBOA and MCPS to attend to personal business of relatively brief duration during normal working hours, without using leave for those absences from the work site. Email Heather Dublinske if you have questions about using leave for this purpose.