All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at

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All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at

All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at



If you reason to believe you may have COVID-19 and/or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, please stay home and reach out to and also complete the MCAD COVID-19 Exposure Report Form

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected families, communities, schools, and businesses worldwide. The outbreak has also impacted our economy. While we all hope that this is a temporary situation, we also acknowledge that many individuals and families live paycheck to paycheck. If working fewer hours, not able to work, and/or if a family member or partner has experienced job loss and/or a reduction in hours, this is a compoundingly stressful situation for many of us. This page contains some resources that may provide some help and/or relief during this time. Please also check out the WELL+ WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED PAGE for additional resoures. 

MCAD COVID-19 FAQ: To help you and students sift through all of the important information being generated and disseminated about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, we posted MCAD/COVID-19 FAQ's on our website and intranet. As new information and questions arise, we will update these FAQ’s as often as necessary. 

MCAD EMERGENCY SICK TIME: All MCAD employees can use existing Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) for any scheduled hours you are now unable to work due to the Stay at Home Order, partial closure of MCAD facilities, closure of schools, child care, or elder care for a dependent, and/or your own illness or that of a family member. If you are out of your accrued Sick and Safe Time and are unable to work, you may be eligible for an additional 12 days of paid sick time under MCAD’s new Emergency Sick Time policy. For more information, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources (  

MCAD EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (EAP): All MCAD employees have access to the Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) which provide resources such as counseling and other support, including: debt management, financial counseling, budgeting, and even some limited legal assistance if needed.

FFCRA INFORMATION: 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Notice (more information about FFCRA is available on



    • VIrtual Meetings: Many team meetings will be held via Google Meet or other video conferencing. Set expectations for the meeting in advance by laying out details, logistics, and agenda. Consider enabling video during meetings to create a feeling of togetherness, as well as using mute when not speaking to minimize background noise for others. At the end of each meeting, do a recap including action items for the team. Had enough screen time? Had enough screen time? Have a coffee meeting outside or a walking meeting via phone.
    • Schedule regular and pop-up check ins: Regularly check in with one another to ensure that everyone has what they need to be productive. Communicate often in interactive ways via phone, Google Hangout Meetings, and Google Hangout Chat. Had enough screen time? Have a coffee meeting outside or a walking meeting via phone.
    • Be flexible: With K-12 school closures employees may have children at home while they work. The environment at home is different than on campus so remain flexible with your work schedule whenever you can to stay productive.
    • Additional Supplies: Any equipment or supplies needed to work from home must be approved in advance by your supervisor.
    • Support routine, breaks, and well-being: Encourage your employees to set a start and end time for the work day since daily change of dress and place will not create those clear transitions. Ask team members to communicate via email or Google Hangouts when they are starting and ending their work day. Utilize ‘schedule send’ for emails sent outside of those work hours. These practices can help allow employees working remotely to unplug from work after their work day so that they can focus on their own well-being and that of their family. MCAD will continue with WELL+ programming to support employee well-being, focusing on online resources and virtual sessions.
    • Other recommendations and resoures:

MANAGING STRESS: Inspired by this article from Work Human, here are some tips on managing stress during COVID-19. CDC also has a great page of resources on managing stress during this time. 

HEALTH CARE RESOURCES: For employees enrolled in MCAD’s health plans or a family member’s plan, look into the cost difference between using telehealth/telemedicine or virtual care. These options can often keep costs down over an office visit. Prescriptions for many diagnoses given via telemedicine and/or virtual care can also be filled the same day. A list of options available via MCAD’s benefits can be found here. If you owe a current balance to a health care provider, call to set up a payment plan and/or temporarily suspend payments if possible.

    • Virtuwell, which is part of MCAD’s HealthPartners benefits, have launched a FREE online assessment for COVID-19 to help folks determine if they should seek care or not. Anyone can actually do the assessment, even if you are not currently covered by HealthPartners benefits:
    • HealthPartners members who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 can take screening assessments available online atDoctor on Demandor should call their primary care clinic. CareLine is also available 24/7 at no cost to members. The most updated information for HealthPartners members is available here.