Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Human Resources is here to help staff and faculty navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. This resource page provides links to general pandemic related guidance, relevant benefits information as well as useful information for working remotely.

EXTENDED: San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance

Effective effective Dec. 15, SF PHELO hours have been extended through February 12, 2021. Please review the PHELO FAQ for details about the San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance and the PHELO job aid for instructions on how to report these hours.  As with any time off (sick, vacation etc), please request and report hours in USFWorks no later than the end of the pay period in which you used the hours. For complete details about the ordinance please visit the HR San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance web page.

CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Non-Food Sector Employees

California recently enacted a new supplemental sick leave policy for essential employees who are required to work outside of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are unable to work due to specific COVID-19 related reasons.

CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

If circumstances warrant use of this sick leave, please contact


USF is recommending that all faculty and staff complete the USF COVID-19 Canvas course available on the USF COVID-19 Resource site.

All staff and faculty who complete the course will automatically be entered into a monthly raffle to win a USF tote filled with goodies from some of our university vendors. Raffle winners will receive an email notification and prizes will be sent to their home address. The raffle will be held monthly from August through December 2020.

Sign the pledge and support your USF Community!

Contact and Canvas Help:

Live 24/7 CANVAS Technical Support: Chat Link (Links to an external site.) | 1-844-702-5213

Came to campus and forgot A face covering?

Disposable face masks are available in Gleeson Library during building hours for those who are approved to be on campus and forgot a face covering. They are located just inside the entrance. Completion of the Dons Health Check symptom survey is required for access to the building.

Concern (EAP) Childcare Resources

Childcare has become a challenge during the pandemic with some schools closing and many daycare facilities either remaining closed or opening with reduced capacity. Concern can help you find alternate childcare and adult care options. To help parents stay informed and guide them to appropriate and safe options, Concern is providing the following tip sheets:

  • Tips for Choosing Child Care - Make an informed decision when choosing a convenient, affordable child care program where your child is safe, healthy and learning.
  • COVID-19 Child Care Resources – Important health and safety questions to ask child care providers, tips for working from home, information about financial assistance, and other child care options and solutions.
  • COVID-Driven Child Care Dilemma - Tips for Managers to support child care dependent employees
  • Tips for Success - Child Care challenges for working parents during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Access information by calling 800.344.4222 or visiting the Concern website at

Additional Resources

Family Resources During COVID-19 - search for opened childcare facilities – by city and zip code

In Home Care Resources: is offering one month of free, premium memberships for health care workers and seniors looking for caregivers.

Sittercity has reduced new membership fees by 50% for those affected by COVID-19.

GoNannies has  offered a 15% discount for those affected by COVID-19 with the coupon code QUALITYCARE15.

HR COVID-19 Vacation faq

The deadline to reduce your earned vacation to 12 days has been extended until Dec. 31, 2020. The HR COVID-19 VACATION FAQ is available to answer any questions you may have regarding taking vacation time. We have also added a new Staycation page to our GoUSF Wellness pages for tips and resources to help you create a fun and relaxing staycation.

How to Make Your Own Face Masks

There are several options for making your own face masks. Some are as simple as using a bandana or cutting up a tee-shirt. Other options require a sewing machine and a little sewing experience. Below are several different patterns to choose from. Questions about any of these patterns or resources? Contact Mara Krasts for tips.

CDC Recommendations for homemade masks

Pattern for Adult and Child mask with elastic

Sewing directions for mask with elastic