Date May 27, 2020
Muskingum County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Response to COVID-
19/Coronavirus and the re-opening of Business.
We continue to monitor the situation with the COVID-19 as
community spread continues in Muskingum County, the State of Ohio's 'Safe At
Home" order has been replaced with an 'Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans
Protecting Ohioan's' Health Advisory issued on May 19, 2020; thus we have issued the following updated
Business Plan for Reopening.
At the Muskingum County Board of Developmental Disabilities
(MCBDD), we will continue to base our decisions on the fact that we serve a
vulnerable population that requires access to our services and supports.
Our Response Plan:
MCBDD administrative office will continue to
operate with limited access through June 30, 2020. Visitors are not
permitted in the buildings unless they have an appointment scheduled. All
visitors are required to have their temperature checked prior to entering any
building and must wear a mask at all times. Those needing to contact the MCBDD
are encouraged to call 740-453-4829.
MCBDD Administrative staff who have been given
the authority to telework as much as their position/job permits will be given
permission to continue to telework with a revised schedule to begin
transitioning to work at the MCBDD office using a staggered schedule. The
primary goal of the staggered schedule is to allow those employees returning to
the workplace from their telework status to adjust to the new protocols for PPE
and sanitation before returning all employees at once. Effective June 1, 2020;
those Community Services staff who are currently teleworking will begin working
in the office 3 days per week on a staggered schedule to limit the number of
employees in the Community Services building. Those admin employees in the
school and admin office will return to a regular schedule as they are able to
adhere to 10 people or less and barriers have been put in place to maintain
social distance. These employees who are teleworking on a staggered schedule
are required to remain available to the program and to those on their caseload
by phone and/or email, and may be required to have in-person visits if the
individual/family requires an in person meeting.
Employees are required to comply with all state
orders and regulations, including those which require all employees to wear
face coverings. Therefore, employees must wear face masks in all MCBDD
buildings and while conducting official business outside of the office (unless
he/she is working in a single office space or area that has been modified to
minimize contact (e.g. plexiglass barrier)) If an employee leaves their work
area, a face mask shall be worn.
Employees are required to maintain a minimum 6
feet distance between other people and where that cannot be achieved, barriers
have been installed in work stations at the MCBDD buildings. Employees, who are
meeting in-person with individuals we serve and/or their team members are
required to wear face masks and adhere to the 6 foot distancing requirement
unless 6 foot distancing is not feasible or their job duties require direct
Employees are being provided access with
technology to hold meetings virtually via Google Meet, which includes phone and
When driving for MCBDD business, employees are
not permitted to drive together or transport individuals we serve unless they
meet the distancing guidelines outlined by the Ohio Department of Health,
unless there is an emergency, to which employees are expected to adhere to PPE
Employees are required to practice regular
handwashing and hand sanitizing. Hand sanitizing stations are available at the
entrance of each MCBDD office.
Employees are required to disinfect their desks/workstations
at the beginning of the workday and at the end of their work day.
Maintenance employees will regularly disinfect
doors, light switches, and appliances three times per day. All common areas
will be disinfected when leaving the area to protect others from possible
Employees shall stagger their lunch breaks;
lunch rooms shall be limited to 1 O people or less to maintain social
distancing. Employees are not permitted to have potlucks/buffet style foods.
Employees are not permitted to bring in food to share with other employees.
Employees are required to report to the school
each morning to have their temperature checked and have a health assessment
performed. Employees should self-evaluate for symptoms as well and any
employees who are symptomatic or showing signs of illness shall stay home in an
effort to not spread the virus.
Employees who are symptomatic or showing signs
of illness shall apply for use of accrued paid leave under the leave policies
as they existed prior to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor on
March 9, 2020 and/or as permitted by existing applicable law, including but not
limited to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (which includes the
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick
Leave Act). The practice of liberally granting all employees the ability to use
paid leave solely because they may not feel comfortable working due to the
coronavirus, however, is concluded. Any questions concerning leave should be
directed to Melinda Russell.
Any employee who is suspected to have COVID-19
is to contact their supervisor or Melinda Russell immediately. A deep
sanitation of the work area of any employee suspected of having COVID-19 shall
Any and all in-person agency events continue to
be cancelled through July 31, 2020. This includes training, advocacy events,
play groups, etc. We will provide updates via social media regarding these
Continued Response & Contact Information
We will continue to monitor this situation
closely, adhering to recommendations from public health officials, and we will
update our stakeholders as needed.
We remain committed to being there for the
people we serve.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to
call your Service and Support Administrator (SSA) or Early Intervention
Developmental Specialist or call 740-453-4829. In case of emergencies, please