What Happens If I Test Positive?

Effective September 13, 2021 employees demonstrating proof of being fully vaccinated but who still test positive for COVID-19 and are thus required to be absent from work pursuant to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance will be eligible for paid time-off during their required absence and will not have to use accrued leave time. Unvaccinated employees will be assessed accrued leave time for such an absence just as any other absence.

Employees who can provide a statement signed by a physician indicating that the physician recommends the employee not receive a COVID vaccine will be considered for an exemption.  This practice will remain in effect through December 21, 2021, when it will be re-evaluated for an extension.

Important Information for Positive Exposures:


  • Employees who may have tested positive or been exposed to someone who tested positive must report this to their immediate supervisor and COVID-19 Liasion. The COVID-19 Liasion will notify Tracy Fox, Director of Risk Management via  exposuretracking@muscogee.k12.ga.us and the Division of Human Resources via __leavespecialist@muscogee.k12.ga.us
  • An employee may qualify for one or all of the following options:
    • Paid Quarantine Period based on the guidance in effect September 13, 2021
    • Telecommuting pending feasibility
    • FMLA leave of absence pending meeting the eligibility requirements
    • Emergency Board leave of absence pending meeting the eligibility requirements
  • Employees will be asked to complete or have documentation completed in order to properly record their time for leave or telecommuting purposes.
  • Click the links below to access the necessary forms:

Should you have questions regarding the status of a recommendation; please contact your respective HR Coordinator listed below:

Corey Neal (Central Region Contact)
Latoria Akins-Jackson (East Region Contact)
Amy Grace (West Region Contact)
Katelin Masterson (Support & Operations Contact)


Employee Wellness Resources: Employee Assistance Programs

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is intended to provide employees with access to deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health, and well-being. Due to COVID-19, our Benefits partners are offering an EAP option for all employees for at no cost:

  • Pastoral Institute is the EAP provider for MCSD and offers employees and their family members with individual and group counseling. MCSD has partnered with Pastoral Institute to provide employees with the first five visits per fiscal year at no cost to employees.
  • Mutual of Omaha is currently offering MCSD employees with an EAP option to employees, their spouses or domestic partners, dependent children under the age of 26.

Employee Wellness Resources: Mental Health

Pastoral Institute has partnered with the District to provide our employees with free mental health sessions beginning in August 2020. We will continue this partnership and the sessions will begin on October 13, 2021, and be hosted the 2nd Wednesday for this school year until April 12, 2022. CLICK HERE to access the sessions from SY 2020-2021

Below is the calendar of all the sessions for SY 2021-2022. CLICK HERE to register for sessions. 

MCSD Wellness Initiative
Click on the Topic Title to view the recorded session)
Date Topic Description Presenter
October 13, 2021 Bounce Back with Resilience Feel stronger after learning how to “bounce back” from difficult life events. Earl Nichols
November 10, 2021 Good Grief: It’s a Process What is the process of adapting to a significant personal and/or collective loss Tameka Campbell
December 8, 2021 Why is Mental Health Taboo? Let’s make taking care of your mental health normal and remove the stigma. Tom Waynick
January 12, 2022 I Don’t *Self*Care? Take the time to understand why self-care is important, and learn how to indulge Michelle Jones
February 9, 2022 Help! I’m an Over-thinker…I think. Let’s get reacquainted with the skills to reduce anxiety and quiet the mind. Crystal Passmore
March 9, 2022 Mindfulness Moment The art of appreciating the moment you are in. Ebony Young
April 13, 2022 Year-End Thankfulness A meditative moment of gratitude as we celebrate the year’s end. Larry Meisel

Employee Wellness Resources

Pastoral Institute and Mutual of Omaha continue to provide our employees with with support through their Employee Assistance Programs. Pastoral Institute is currently offering in-person and telehealth options and Mutual of Omaha continue to only provide telehealth services.  Below are options being provided by Pastoral Institute and Mutual of Omaha which is for all employees in both benefits and non-benefits eligible positions.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) – For All Employees

How To Participate in EAP Services: Pastoral Institute

Pastoral Institute is a confidential resource for our employees who need to talk to someone about the difficult or complex events in their daily lives. Pastoral Institute offers employees five (5) free visits within a school year for all employees. After the five (5) visits are completed, each employee will be responsible to use his/her insurance or pay for services.

To make an appointment with Pastoral Institute, call 706-649-6500 or 1-800-649-6446 and let them know you are a Muscogee County School District employee.

You will be connected with licensed and certified counselors located across the United States and gain access to professional support with issues that impact your personal, family and work life.

Take advantage of your benefit for any number of issues, including but not limited to:

  • COVID-19
  • Relationships
  • Child and elder care
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Alcohol, drug abuse, and other addictions
  • Domestic violence and anger
  • Divorce, remarriage, and step-parenting
  • Bereavement
  • Work issues

How To Participate in Telehealth EAP Services: Mutual of Omaha
Mutual of Omaha’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) assists employees and their eligible dependents with personal and job-related concerns such as emotional well-being, families and relationships, legal and financial, healthy lifestyles, and work and life transitions. Mutual of Omaha’s EAP provides professional, confidential  consultation 24 hours a day.  You will speak directly to an EAP professional to receive immediate support and guidance.

Visit: mutualofomaha.com/eap

Call: 1-800-316-2796

Telehealth Services: Health and Dental (Benefits-Enrolled Employees Only)

How To Participate in Telehealth Dental Services: Anthem Members Only

The TeleDentists
The TeleDentists is a service that offers emergency dental care 24/7 on computers, tablets and smartphones. Anthem plans will cover teledentistry exams at 100 percent with no deductibles, copays, paperwork, or claims to file through June 30, 2020.  Anthem covers teledentistry the same way as equivalent care in a dentist’s office.

Members can also choose virtual services for teeth straightening through Ortho@Home, Anthem’s new at-home orthodontia program. Members with orthodontic benefits will have access to at-home clear aligner therapy. They will also receive retainers and teeth whitening when treatment is finished.

Making affordable services accessible is part of Anthem’s continuing commitment to meet members’ whole health needs, while providing safe, remote care during the pandemic. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anthem directly at (800)627-0004 .

How To Participate in Telehealth Health Services: SHBP Members Only

The State Health Benefit Plan is now providing employees who are enrolled in a benefits program access to Telehealth Services.  This is a fantastic tool to enable employees to obtain medical advice and treatment without having to tax our Hospital and Emergency Room personnel and system.  CLICK HERE to view how to register for Telehealth services using the LiveHealth Platform.

Safety Expectations

 We expect ALL employees to:
  • Wash hands frequently 
  • Provide soap/hand sanitizer available to guests as needed
  • Wear masks or face coverings at all District sites
  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing, protective personal equipment, cleaning, and sanitizing
  • Be knowledgeable of COVID-19 safety procedures
  • Stay home if you display any signs or symptoms of illness

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential.

The MCSD is a beacon of educational excellence where all are known, valued, and inspired.

Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road | Columbus, GA 31906