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Employee Update Center

School Closure and Coronavirus 

April 16, 2020: Coronavirus Response Guide for Staff

The attached document is intended as a single source of information for the District's policies and procedures as it relates to COVID-19. Please be advised that we will continue to update this document to reflect current information and updated guidance from the Governor, the CDC, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.

Coronavirus Response Guide for ISD 709 Employees


April 15, 2020: Information from PEIP Related to COVID-19 Coverage

Costs are fully covered for COVID-19 testing and test-related care. Starting on March 18, we will cover the full costs of a COVID-19 test or testing-related care (such as primary care visit) for you and covered family members. You will not be responsible for any copays, coinsurance, or costs toward your deductible. Remember, COVID-19 testing is limited, so make sure you meet the requirements and call before you go in for testing.
Reminder: Use free online care for common illnesses or COVID-19 screening. As a part of your benefits you receive free online care visits. This allows you to discuss your condition with a health care provider and make a treatment plan from the safety and convenience of your home, whether it's related to COVID-19 or common illnesses, such as sinus infections. Use your health plan administrator's designated vendor to access these services. 
  • BlueCross BlueShield members: use Doctor on Demand or virtuwell
  • HealthPartners member: use Doctor on Demand or virtuwell
  • PreferredOne: use MDLive or virtuwell
PEIP's pharmacy benefit manager, CVS Caremark, has implemented an emergency override that will allow members the option for a one-time emergency refill of a 30-day supply of medication.
Please feel free to contact your carrier (BCBS, Health Partners or PreferredOne) directly with coverage questions by calling the number on the back of your ID cards.

April 3, 2020: FFCRA Information

We hope that all employees and their families are staying safe and healthy in these very difficult and uncertain times.  We wanted to let you know about some expanded sick leave and childcare leave options that may be available to you under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  
Please visit the following page on our District website for additional resources and forms pertaining to this new law.
If after reviewing all of the information you still have questions about FFCRA, please contact Benefits for assistance.
HOCHS Support Available by Phone, Email
During school closure, you are encouraged to practice social distancing by getting help and questions answered remotely if possible.  And yes, folks will still be glad to see you if you visit HOCHS offices in person.
Accounts Payable
Phone: (218) 336-8701
Fax: (218) 336-8777
Accounts Receivable
Phone: (218) 336-8702
Fax: (218) 336-8777
Phone: (218) 336-8718
Fax: (218) 336-8777
Phone: (218) 336-8738
Fax: (218) 336-8777
Phone: (218) 336-8700, ext.1066 | (218) 336-8723
Fax: (218) 336-8785
Leave of absence requests 
Medical documentation
Human Resources                                                       
Phone: (218) 336-8718
Fax: (218) 336-8785
Certified Staffing | Non-Certified Staffing
(218) 336-8721 | (218) 336-8722

Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.


Resources: MN Department of Health

COVID-19 Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources: St. Louis County Health Department