The Haverhill Public Schools is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and there are a few new personnel-related updates that we wanted to share with you at this time. First, we hope you are all well and we thank you for all your hard work to support the children of Haverhill during this unprecedented public health crisis. Please take a moment to review the resources below that may help support YOU as we adjust to this new reality of managing work and home life during these uncertain times.
We encourage you to examine resources available to support your own health and well-being. If you need assistance, please reach out:
Employee Assistance Program, Mass4You
Mass4You is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) and Commonwealth of Massachusetts for ALL active employees and their families who are eligible for GIC benefits.
Mass4You – How it works
Live and Work Well – How to get support – use access code: mass4you
School Nurses are another valuable resource available to our staff!
Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-being
Centers for Disease Control – (CDC)
What You Should Know about GIC Health Benefits and the COVID-19 Outbreak
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – English
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Spanish
Are you familiar with The Oxygen Mask Complex? This relates to the airlines when they tell you that in an event of loss of cabin pressure, you need to put your own oxygen mask on before you assist your children or others around you. You have to take care of yourself before you can help others.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
- If you have a fever, cough and are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Maintain social distancing
- Stay home
- If you must leave your home:
- The CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items (ex: scarf, bandana, mask) can be used as a voluntary public health measure.
- Wearing gloves – a guide from the CDC outlines how to properly remove gloves to avoid unintentional germ transmission:
- Grasp the outside of the glove at the wrist. Do not touch bare skin.
- Peel the glove away from your body, pulling it inside out.
- Hold the glove you just removed in your gloved hand.
- Peel off the second glove by putting your fingers inside the glove at the bottom of your wrist.
- Turn the second glove inside out while pulling it away from your body, leaving the first glove inside the second.
- Dispose of the gloves safely. Do not reuse the gloves.
- Clean your hands immediately after removing gloves.
- If you must leave your home:
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
- If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact, Cherie Pindardi, HR Principal Clerk.
- Travel can increase your risk of exposure to you and our community. If you have traveled or plan to travel outside the country, please notify Cherie Pinardi, HR Principal Clerk and include your destination and dates of travel.
- FFCRA Information & Leave Request Form – English
- FFCRA Information & Leave Request Form – Spanish