FAQs for Employees

Please note that all answers listed below are evolving. Information is subject to change based on county directives. Check back here as needed for the latest updates.

Update, Oct. 5, 2020: As described in the Return to Work Task Force’s Employee Guide to Return to Work on Campus, we are planning for the second round of COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff who will be on campus. Even if an employee has been tested previously, we strongly recommend they test again.

The testing employs the nasal (mid-turbinate) swab, which will allow for enhanced accuracy of results. Please know this nasal swab is not the deep nasal (nasopharyngeal) swab that is often considered more uncomfortable. Results will be available within 48 hours to test recipients if you register on the MyChart portal. Otherwise, only those who test positive will be notified.

We strongly recommend that all those employees working on campus — whether daily or infrequently — get tested during this time. The next faculty and staff testing will take place on campus Nov. 5 - 6.  A notice will be emailed 10 days in advance to sign up. The County of San Diego has a free walk up testing center located adjacent ot campus at 5330 Linda Vista Road.

Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the protocols outlined in our employee campus guidelines. COVID-19 testing questions can be directed to the COVID-19 Support Team at COVIDsupport@sandiego.edu.

As a reminder, we have initiated temperature and health screenings for all those entering buildings on our campus. A wristband which is provided following an approved temperature screening is required to enter any building on campus. All community members and visitors must wear a face covering while on campus and practice six-foot physical distancing.

Below are answers to some questions you may have regarding how to track your work time and log your hours for pay continuity during this time. (Please click here to access these FAQs in Spanish.) If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Employee Relations team in Human Resources at hr@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4594.

  • As a non-exempt staff employee, how should I complete my timecard during this time?
  • As an exempt administrator, how should I track my work hours or time away during this COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What if I am a temporary employee?
  • What if I am willing and able to work, but some or all of the duties outlined in my job description cannot be performed remotely and I am unable to work all of my regularly scheduled hours?
  • What if I am unable to report to work because my child's school has closed?
  • How am I paid if I cannot work because I do not feel well?
  • What if my job duties are deemed as an essential operation and I am unable to report to work because I am self-quarantined?
  • What if I am unable to report to work because I am caring for an ill family member?
  • Why is the pay code category named COVID-19?


  • How can employees obtain a COVID-19 test?
  • What happens when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 associated with USD?
  • What is the plan moving forward for testing and tracing for the Fall 2020 semester?

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