- Sarasota County Schools
Executive Order 20-83 -- Important Information for SCSB Employees Age 65 and older/Employees with Underlying Heath Issues
March 25, 2020 -- 12:30 PM
Good afternoon everyone,
The Governor has issued Executive Order 20-83 for all people over the age of 65, and those people who have an underlying health issue which places them at a high risk for a severe case of COVID-19, to shelter in place.
When the SCSB resumes selected operations, and begins the training to implement the Instructional Continuity Plan on March 30th, the following criteria will be followed by all SCSB employees:
Employees 65 and older
- Employees who are 65 and older and have been assigned to work from home will be expected to continue to work from home on assigned duties.
- Employees who are 65 and older and have been assigned to report to a District work location may choose to stay at home and not report to work. Employees will not be required to use accumulated sick leave.
Employees with underlying health conditions
- Employees who have underlying health conditions, as defined by Executive Order 20-83, and have been assigned to work from home will be expected to continue working from home on assigned duties.
- Employees who have underlying health conditions, as defined by Executive Order 20-83, and have been assigned to report to a District work location may be eligible to stay home and not report to work. The employee must provide a doctor’s note stating that the underlying health issue places them (the employee) at high risk for a severe case of COVID-19. If the employee provides the doctor’s note, they will be allowed to stay home. Employees will not be required to use accumulated sick leave.
If you have any questions regarding these procedures contact your supervisor. If you are a charter school employee contact your administration for direction.
Please submit doctor’s notes to Beth Turgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Watson (email@example.com). If you have submitted a doctor’s note and have not received a confirmation/acknowledgement of your email, please contact Al Harayda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Roy A. Sprinkle “SPHR”
Executive Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations
Sarasota County School Board
Please see here for a list of all electronically available Executive Orders from Governor DeSantis so far in 2020: https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/
STATE OF FLORIDA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-83
(Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce)
WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmissions and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COIVD-19; and
WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions are particularly at risk for severe illness or death due to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the CDC issued “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidance advising individuals to avoid social gathering in groups pf more than 10 people and advising older persons and persons with serious underlying health conditions to stay home and away from others; and
WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to the state and its people by this emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 232, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:
- I hereby direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- I further direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Office to issue a public health advisory to persons that have a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Consistent with CDC guidance, such conditions include, but not limited to, chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, including those in cancer treatment; and severe obesity. The Surgeon General’s advisory must urge these persons to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Section 2. I hereby direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people.
Section 3. I hereby direct the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to those who can work remotely urging them to do so.
Section 4. Any action(s) taken or document(s) issued by the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer pursuant to this Executive Order shall not constitute a rue as defined in section 120.52(16), Florida Statutes, and are specifically exempted from any and all requirements or procedures outlined in chapter 120 and section 252,46, Florida Statutes.
Section 5. The Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.