As we approach the spring and Easter weekend, we have received many questions about university protocols around personal travel for vacation and visiting family for Easter. Generally, we discourage all non-essential travel, particularly to locations which may be experiencing an increase in average daily COVID-19 cases.
If you do travel, please practice the safety protocols of social distancing, wearing a face mask, and regular hand sanitizing, plus any additional protocols required for the area you are visiting. Upon returning, please consider the health of our students and your colleagues. If you were not able to practice all safety protocols while away, you are encouraged to quarantine at your home for at least 10 days. If you are able to complete the required activities for your position from home remotely during this quarantine, please do so. If you are not able to complete the required activities for your position remotely, then additional vacation time will need to be used to cover your quarantine period. Please work directly with your supervisor regarding your particular situation. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are encouraged to utilize their vacation time. Vacation time is an important benefit to allow employees to relax and refresh. Connect with your colleagues to think of creative ways you can utilize your time off with a stay-cation and take advantage of the outdoor activities in our area.
Please note, unused vacation does not accumulate from year to year. Exempt (salaried) employees must use their allocated vacation time prior to the end of the fiscal year on May 31. Non-exempt (hourly) employees must use their allocated vacation time prior to their anniversary dates.