Resources for Faculty/Staff
As we navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we remain dedicated to providing support for our Flagler Community.
We are committed to the safety and well-being of our faculty and staff members and are following CDC and state guidelines for best practices during this time. Employees are encouraged to work from home unless the Vice President of their division has contacted them and stated otherwise. Two task force committees are working on reopening plans and procedures. Please visit the following pages for more information:Back To Top
Florida Blue is actively engaged in the COVID19 fight and is committed to supporting its members and their communities as this difficult situation evolves.
As a Florida Blue member, Flagler College has a self-funded (or self-insured) medical plan and assumes the financial risk associated with providing health care benefits to employees, through Florida Blue.
As of March 15, and scheduled through June 1, we are:
- Waiving member cost-sharing for all COVID19 treatment services – including inpatient hospital admissions.
- Waiving prior authorization requirements for patients being transferred from inpatient acute hospital settings to post-acute care facilities (Long Term Acute Care Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Inpatient Rehabilitation).
- Waiving copays for you to take advantage of virtual visits (Teladoc)for less serious medical issues. Members can help protect their health and avoid a crowded doctor’s office for non-emergency illnesses by using virtual visits and taking advantage of Teladoc services. Consider doing a virtual visit for a sinus infection, sore throat, rash, allergies, upset stomach, or other non-emergency situations. And medications, except controlled substances, can be prescribed.
Florida Blue and Flagler College together will also work closely with hospitals and physicians to ensure members are not balanced billed for services rendered in relation to COVID19 treatment.
Florida Blue is also providing offering access to a 24-hour emotional support helpline for all Floridians at no extra cost. The company has also announced an initial investment of $2 million to support community organizations responding to the impact of COVID19 and has made a commitment to double its United Way matching grant for the year, contributing $2 for every $1 donated by employees.Back To Top
As COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, faculty and staff who are enrolled in the Flagler College benefit program are eligible to use the Teladoc service for 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified doctors by web, phone or mobile app.
Teladoc’s clinical team is in regular contact with public health experts around the world about the coronavirus, and are committed to helping you stay informed and prepared as the situation evolves.
Teladoc doctors can answer questions about the disease, evaluate your risk, and provide support by phone or video to help relieve symptoms for affected patients, addressing both physical and mental health needs.
The service is a convenient and affordable option for other medical care, as well, including the flu, sinus infections, stomachaches, and much more. If Teladoc physicians prescribe medication, it is submitted electronically or by phone to the pharmacy of your choice.
Setting up an account is easy, and a Teladoc doctor is just a call or clicks away.
Learn more about Teladoc’s services, including how it can help with care during the coronavirus, here: https://www.teladoc.com
For a quick how-to video, login to MyFlagler and click on the “Employees” tab.Back To Top
Following the advice of public health officials can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but if you don’t take proper precautions, your mental well-being could suffer while you’re quarantining.
If you’re self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, keep the following tips in mind to maintain your mental well-being.
Maintain a Routine
One of the best things that you can do to preserve your mental well-being is to stick to a routine. For example, if you’re used to going to the gym before work, try to wake up early and get an at-home workout in before you go to work or start your workday from home. Maintaining as much normalcy as possible with your daily routine can help keep your mood as lifted as possible, and prevent boredom and distress from taking over.
If you have children that will be at home now, it’s also essential to create a routine for them. Whether they are practicing virtual learning with their schools or if they will be home, you should implement a structured schedule for them, so they know what your expectations are. Try to limit as much screen time as possible, and incorporate learning activities throughout the day.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
This suggestion goes hand-in-hand with sticking to a routine. While you’re at home, it can be easy to go to bed or sleep in later than you typically would. Breaking your regular sleep routine can have adverse effects on your overall mental well-being, so you should try to stick to your typical schedule as much as possible.
Spend Time Outside
Unless health officials give you explicit instructions to stay in your home, no matter what, try to get outside periodically throughout the day. This could involve going out in your backyard or taking a walk around the block, but shouldn’t include going to a park or other areas where large groups of people may be.
Being outside also helps to promote higher vitamin D levels, a vitamin the body makes when the skin is directly exposed to the sun. Many people are deficient in vitamin D, so exercising outside can be a great way to correct that.
Leverage the Power of Technology
When in quarantine or self-isolation, it can be easy to feel lonely. Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it easy to connect with others without having to be in physical contact with them. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends reaching out to loved ones with technology to reduce feelings of loneliness and anxiety, and to supplement your social life while you’re quarantining or social distancing. If you’re feeling down, use video calling technology or social media to get in touch with friends and family.
Don’t Obsess Over the News
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by watching the news and reviewing the updates of the COVID-19 situation. While it’s important to be informed of the situation, you should not obsess over the news. For example, instead of monitoring the news all day from home, consider checking for updates once in the morning and once at night.
Practice Positivity and Gratitude
Taking five minutes a day to write down the things that you are grateful for has been proven to lower stress levels and can help you change your mindset from negative to positive. While you’re quarantining or social distancing, it’s important to build time into your routine to practice positivity or express gratitude to change your mindset on your situation and boost your mood.
Your mental well-being plays a huge role in your overall health and well-being, and it should be prioritized. These six suggestions may help you maintain your mental well-being during quarantine, but shouldn’t be considered as medical advice.
If you have concerns about your mental well-being while you’re in quarantine, please contact your mental health professional or use SAMHSA’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).Back To Top
You can equip your teams, and support each other, with effective evidence-based strategies during this uncertain time. For additional resources, visit lyrahealth.com/coronavirus.
Take reasonable precautions and follow CDC guidelines
- Practice social distancing to reduce close contact in public places
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Clean and disinfect frequently-used surfaces with regular household cleaning spray/wipe
Stick to the facts
- Read news sources that present facts in a straightforward manner
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Your county’s health department
- Keep perspective - current data suggests that most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and recover within a couple of weeks.
Take a media break
- While it’s important to stay informed, consider taking a break if:
- It doesn’t help you take better precautions
- It doesn’t give you a healthier perspective on the coronavirus
- You don’t typically feel better afterward
Check your thinking
- Two common patterns of thinking can increase stress and anxiety
- Catastrophizing - vividly imagining worst-case scenarios
- Probability overestimation - overestimating the likelihood that something terrible will happen
- Reframe your thinking with a more useful thought
- Maintain a daily routine - including a regular sleep schedule, eating well, exercising, and taking breaks
- Remember that thoughts and feelings aren’t facts
- Connect with your loved ones
- Be kind to yourself when you fall short
- Coping with Existing Mental Health Concerns
- The coronavirus news may be triggering for individuals with anxiety disorders, and social distancing can be extra challenging for individuals with depression.
Notice signs of concern
- Taking more precautions than is recommended
- Feeling compelled to monitor media without breaks
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Impaired functioning at work, in relationships, or self-care
Take steps to protect your mental health
- Be mindful of shifts in your thoughts and behaviors
- Check-in with loved ones regularly and let them know if you are struggling
- If you aren’t currently in care, consider re-engaging - services are often available via video or phone
The good news is that research suggests people can be as or even more productive when working from home.
As a manager
- Set clear performance and communication expectations
- Promote face-to-face virtual meetings
- Check-in casually and regularly
Making it work from home
- Maintain the same office hours and follow daily routines, like getting dressed for work
- Work in a designated space with minimal distractions
- Take breaks and go outside when possible, just like you would at the office
- Practice flexibility and compassion
Talking to Children about Coronavirus
- Children are very perceptive and pick up on your feelings, worries, and changes in routine.
- Consider what is developmentally appropriate - for children under 6 a proactive approach may be more harmful than helpful
- Assess what they know about the virus, offer facts, and encourage proper handwashing
- Let them know their feelings are valid and that you want to provide comfort
- Ask them what questions they have
What to Do When Coping Strategies Aren’t Enough?
If you notice that you or someone you care about is experiencing worries or strong emotions that make it hard to function well, consider connecting with professional support. Professional support could include - finding a therapist through your health plan, accessing counseling through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), or taking to your HR team about wellness benefits that may be available.Back To Top
In an initiative to keep our communities connected, motivated, and productive, the Adult & Continuing Education Program is offering everyone three FREE online self-paced courses, in cooperation with our partner MindEdge Learning (accredited by IACET).
The courses are:
- Introduction to Critical Thinking
- Personal Creativity
- Creativity in Teams and Organizations – available in June
Please take advantage of these free courses, and please share them with your students.Back To Top