COVID-19 VIU Employee Leave Protocol

Working During COVID-19 - Updated January 2022

COVID-19 Information Sources

Employees are encouraged to review the latest information at the following sources:

These sources are updated regularly and employees are encouraged to check back often.

Attendance at work during COVID-19

  1. If you are not able to work your regular schedule due to childcare responsibilities, your manager will provide flexible work arrangements if possible. If you are unable to work under the flexible arrangements, your manager will discuss the options of the use of vacation time or unpaid leave. 
  2. If you are asymptomatic and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 by having contact with a person with a confirmed case or presumptive case
    If you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to be tested, unless you are asked to by Public Health. It can take several days from the last time you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 for symptoms to develop or to have enough virus in your body for a test to detect COVID-19. 
    If you get symptoms, you will likely need to get tested. Go to the BCCDC testing page for more information.
    Not sure if you should be tested? Complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

If you are directed by medical authorities to self-isolate for a specified duration while self-monitoring for symptoms the following will apply:

  1. If your position is such that it is feasible to work from home, please make such arrangements with your manager.
  2. If you are in a role that is not feasible to work from home, please contact your manager and you will be placed on leave with pay for the duration of the recommended isolation period.
  3. If you are unwell, you should not be working and should recuperate at home on sick leave. This not only allows you to get well, but also protects other employees and students. Please ensure you contact your manager and Time Entry Designate (TED) so you can be placed on the sick leave report. 
  4. If you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, please follow the directions of Island Health and self-isolate for the required duration. If your role allows you to work from home, please make those arrangements with your manager. If you cannot work from home during self-isolation, you will be placed on sick leave for the duration of the self-isolation period.
  5. If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not attend on-campus work. If you feel well enough and your position allows you to work from home during this period, please make arrangements with your manager. If you are not well enough or unable to work from home, your time will be counted as sick leave.
  6. If you have medical confirmation that due to your medical condition you should not attend work on campus (i.e. if the request for an accommodation is for preventative reasons, such as high risk due to existing medical conditions), you may explore your options under the Flexible Work Guidelines. If it is not possible for you to work from home, please speak with your HR Advisor.
  7. If you are the primary caregiver for an immunocompromised family member, and wish to seek an accommodation on the basis of family status, please speak with your HR Advisor and Manager. Accommodation can include a flexible work arrangement as per the Flexible Work Guidelines.


In addition to the above, the Public Health Office strongly recommends the following:

  • Getting Vaccinated
  • Wearing a mask
  • Keep personal gatherings as small as possible
  • Stick to the same group of people and only with those you know are fully vaccinated
  • Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor
  • Reduce social interactions
  • Ensure proper ventilation indoors by opening windows
  • Avoid all travel, if you're not fully vaccinated
  • Follow the current federal travel advisory
  • Stay home if you feel sick