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COVID-19 – Self-Screening and Self-Certification

City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) employees who work on‑site must be free from symptoms of COVID-19 infection to prevent further spread of the virus.  Therefore, effective Monday, June 15, 2020, all Airport Commission employees will be required to certify they are free of COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to the workplace each day.  This will be accomplished through a “self-screening and self-certification” process that requires consideration of three questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and exposure and providing a “yes” or “no” answer.  This self-screening and self-certification process is mandatory.

Each employee must consider the following questions daily prior to going to work and determine whether the answer to each is “yes” or “no”:

  1. Do you currently have or have you in the past 24 hours had any one of the following symptoms which is new or not explained by another reason: fever at or above 100.4°F (38°C), chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, unusual weakness or fatigue, loss of smell or taste, muscle aches, headache, runny nose different from your allergies, or diarrhea?
  2. Have you had close contact with anyone in the last 14 days at home or in the community who has been confirmed to have COVID-19?  Close contacts include people in your home, sex partners, or people who you take care of or who take care of you.  It also includes people who were within six feet of you for more than 10 minutes while they were not wearing a face cover, or with whom you had contact with their body fluids or secretions while you were not wearing a face cover or sufficient protective equipment.
  3. Within the past 10 days, have you been diagnosed or tested positive for COVID-19?

If the answer to ALL of the above questions is “no”, and the employee is not subject to further screening via temperature check, then the employee may self-certify to this effect by using the employee’s Airport ID Badge to enter the worksite.

If the answer to ANY of these questions is “yes,” then the employee should notify their supervisor, and should not enter the worksite until they have complied with the City’s return-to-work protocol, including compliance with the applicable Health Officer’s quarantine and isolation orders.  Human Resources will coordinate with the employee on how to comply with this protocol.

In addition to the self-screening and self-certification requirement noted above, a subset of workgroups and positions with particular exposure risk will undergo on-site temperature screenings before each work shift.  This is in keeping with CDC guidelines.  These sections will be notified through Safety and Health Services and/or Human Resources.

Information obtained from an employee in response to health screenings is confidential medical information; therefore, we will only note if an employee has “passed” or was “sent home” after the screening.  The Airport will not retain screening records or disclose screening results.

A web-based certification process is under development as are other technology solutions.  Until one of these solutions becomes available, employees will use their Airport ID Badge to enter the worksite via an access control point at the beginning of each workday.  This will constitute the employee’s certification that the answer is “no” to all of the above questions.  Should the certification process change, employees will be notified.

Employees who refuse to participate in the screening will not be allowed to enter the workplace.  A refusing employee will receive a specific notice explaining these mandatory safety requirements, which are essential employment conditions during this pandemic.  Should the employee continue to refuse, they may be sent home on accrued leave, other than sick leave (except for any time spent in the workplace prior to the screening).  The City will proceed with termination of employment without progressive discipline for employees who refuse to comply with the requirement a second time.

Please reach out to Safety and Health Services at 650-821-7889 for any questions regarding the self-screening process.  For questions related to return-to-work protocol or compliance, please reach out to Human Resources at 650-821-2000.