Emergency Paid Sick and FMLA Leave

Congress recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) or “Families First Act,” which was effective April 1, 2020 and will continue through December 31, 2020. In accordance with this new law, Gaston College will provide Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19, plus additional paid leave.

Information on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19, including instructions on how to apply, is below.


Faculty Resources for Online Teaching

Faculty Resources for Online Teaching

  • Course-Continuity Resources are available in Blackboard to assist with moving courses to an online delivery format.  
  • Blackboard Learn: For Instructors provides short, helpful videos about the features within Blackboard.
  • Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors is available to answer common questions and provides tips and tricks for the effective use of Blackboard.
  • The Distance Education team has set up an email you can use for questions and support. Contact them at distanceeducation@gaston.edu


Staff Resources for Working Remotely

Working Remotely
Gaston College is committed to providing safe and accessible employee support during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes the following:

  • Temporary Teleworking Program – Teleworking and related practices such as replacing in-person meetings with video- or tele-conference calls whenever possible will continue. These practices will be further supported by staggering work and other schedules where possible.
  • Teleworking Resources – Online professional development opportunities are available through the College’s NEOGOV LEARN software and system. Examples of training videos available include: Build Psychological Immunity During the Coronavirus Outbreak; Coping with Change; 8 tips for working remotely; 8 tips for managing remote teams; Online security tips for working at home. For questions concerning Teleworking Professional Development, contact Stephen Haynes at haynes.stephen@gaston.edu.


Illness or Exposure

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  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been notified you were exposed to coronavirus, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for self-monitoring and seeking medical care.
  • Report any positive tests or exposure if you’ve been on campus at any point in the past several weeks by contacting Ms. Carol Denton at 704.922.6484 or denton.carol@gaston.edu., or Mr. Todd Baney at 704.922.6485, or baney.todd@gaston.edu.
  • Gaston College observes restrictions and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).


Employee Health & Safety Protocols

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  • Gaston College will follow any federal, state, and/or local recommended or mandated rules or guidelines related to inside and outside group gatherings. In general, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, virtual gatherings or meetings will be held when possible.
  • In accordance with recommendations by state and other agencies, until further notice, all non-essential College-related travel will be limited.
  • Office/workspace (i.e., desks, chairs, and tables) should be reconfigured where possible to practice recommended social distancing. If needed and feasible, physical barriers may be placed between seating. Commonly touched surfaces and equipment should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Items with high contact frequency, such as coffee makers, is strongly discouraged.
  • Conference room use must adhere to recommended capacity limits, social distancing, and should be cleaned and disinfected regularly, and specifically after use.  Employees are encouraged to wipe down all surfaces and equipment (e.g., mouse, keyboard, phone) touched during conference room meetings.
  • Electronics – for electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls, consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics and always follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting electronics.
  • If virtual meetings are not feasible, in-person meetings should be conducted in a quick manner, and lingering and socializing before and after meetings is discouraged.
  • Department-specific safety protocols and guidelines may be implemented to further prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.  


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Program
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are available for employees and their family members. Through the EAP program, employees can access clinicians to assist with personal or academic-related challenges and concerns. EAP services are confidential and at no cost to the employee and family member. EAP services are available at www.mygroup.com or by calling 1.800.633.3353.



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