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COVID-19 Human Resources Information

 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Amarillo College continues to be operational to serve our students, faculty, and staff through technology-supported capabilities. 

Learn more below about Amarillo College's current policies regarding sick-leave, remote-work, hiring/training, and health & wellness recources—as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


Sick Leave Policy

On March 18, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was passed, giving employees at public employers certain paid leave rights for absences related to the COVID-19 crisis. Amarillo College is a covered employer under this legislation, and is providing paid leave in a greater capacity than is required by law. 

On April 2, 2020 the Amarillo College Board of Regents approved the temporary COVID-19 Leave policy which temporarily provides paid leave for employees experiencing absence from work due to a COVID-19 related reason. 

The goal during Amarillo College’s COVID-19 Phase III Response Plan is that the majority of employees are able to remain productive and perform work duties remotely. For some employees, work duties may look different from their normal daily duties, but it is important to remain as productive as possible. If an employee is experiencing illness, quarantine, or child care issues which prohibit the employee from performing any type of work for the College, the employee MUST communicate with their supervisor to be sure reasons for absence are accurately documented so leave with pay status can be determined. If an employee or supervisor has any doubt or questions about a situation, they should contact Human Resources immediately.

 


Health & Wellness Resources

Amarillo College wants employees to stay healthy, physically and mentally. Here are some resources that are always available:
 

Virtual Visits

For employees and their dependents covered on the BCBS HealthSelect medical plans: 

Utilize virtual visits from the comfort of your home for treatment of both physical and mental health concerns. COVID-19 related virtual medical visits are available at no cost to participants in both BCBS HealthSelect of Texas and Consumer-Directed HealthSelect.

Therapy Assistance Online

For all employees and students: 

Utilize Therapy Assistance Online for a wealth of mental health resources. Find out more at www.actx.edu/counseling/tao.

If you’re already working with a therapist, TAO Connect can help supplement your sessions outside of business hours. The app utilizes a method called low intensity-high engagement therapy, combining online and mobile educational modules and practice tools with short phone conversations or video conferences with a therapist. More than 100 studies in 20 countries have shown this method to be as effective as hour-long, in-person individual therapy for common disorders.

TAO Connect can also be used as a purely self-guided tool, consisting of educational and interactive modules, practice tools, journals and progress measures. Their self-help option allows you to move through the courses at your own pace, when you’re feeling down and need encouragement, or visiting our mindfulness library when you need a moment to meditate. 

Employee Assistance Program

Professional Counseling and Biofeedback Center offers three free counseling visits to Amarillo College employees.

Mental Health Support Line

A 24 hour 7 day a week Mental Health Support Line is available to all Texans who may be experiencing stress, anxiety, or emotional challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

Additional Mental Health Resources

Here are a few more resources to help employees deal with added stress and uncertainty during this season:

Resources and tips for supporting your mental health during COVID-19

Free meditations from Headspace

Tips to deal with stress and coping from the CDC


Retirement Funds

This crisis has had a negative impact on Wall Street and many retirement plan balances.  If you are in the ACBP or ORP programs, remember that staying the course is important and it is important not to make short-term decisions in a moment of fear, which could affect your long-term goals.  If you have questions about the CARES Act and your retirement plan funds, contact July Services (for ACBP) or your ORP vendor.

 


Hiring & Training

The AC Human Resources department will continue to receive and process employment applications to meet our hiring needs. Hiring managers and search committees will continue to review applicant materials, schedule technology-supported interviews, and follow search processes and protocols.

For additional training resources to support you and your team during this season, please visit www.actx.edu/hr/learning


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