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COVID-19 Stop movement guidance

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Secretary of Defense 22 May 2020 memorandum titled, Transition to Conditions-based Phased Approach to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions, reissued travel restriction guidance for DoD Components that will remain in effect until further notice (Attachment 1).

The Secretary of Defense has authorized the resumption of unrestricted travel including Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and temporary duty (TDY) when specific conditions-based criteria have been met. This conditions-based authority relies on an assessment and reporting system supporting safe and coordinated travel. Travel to specific installations, states, territories, and host nations will be based on the verified capability for service members and dependents to conduct safe travel and reception.

All uniformed personnel and their sponsored dependents will continue to stop movement, both internationally and domestically, while this memorandum is in effect, subject to the exemptions and waivers described herein (see Part I, paragraphs 2-4). DoD family members, whose transportation is government funded, will also stop movement. Concurrent Travel is not automatically approved unless specifically exempted herein.

Except as provided below, this stop movement applies to official travel, including TDY travel; permanent duty travel, including PCS travel; and travel related to Authorized and Ordered Departures issued by the Department of State.

Official travel is authorized when:

(1) Conditions-based criteria for unrestricted travel may resume when the criteria for states/territories/host nations AND installations are met for both the gaining (destination) AND losing (origin) locations (Part I, paragraph 2); or

(2) Airmen meets exemption criteria (Part I, paragraph 3); or

(3) Airmen have a waiver to travel signed by the appropriate waiver authority as defined in this guidance (Part I, paragraph 4).

irman concerns regarding changes to conditions to or from a location due to COVID conditions should be elevated to their command or MPF for further guidance.

(Current as of 7 July 20)

 

 

Conditions to resume unrestricted travel rest on two overarching factors:

1) state/territories/host nations, and

2) installation-level criteria based on conditions in and surrounding DoD installations, facilities, and locations.

Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) will continuously assess each U.S. state, district, or territory and nations that host greater than 1,000 permanently assigned DoD personnel; the Secretaries of the Military Departments, Commanders of the Combatant Commands, and the Chief Management Officer will continuously assess each DoD installation, facility, or location under their purview for the feasibility of lifting travel restrictions.

Unrestricted travel may resume when the criteria for states/territories/host nations AND installations are met for BOTH the gaining (destination) AND losing (origin) locations.

After conditions-based requirements are met:

A. If a location is reclassified and no longer meets conditions-based travel criteria:

B. Commanders may approve Airmen to travel “through” locations that are not cleared for travel “to” and “from” in order to get to their destination, members will comply with appropriate Restriction of Movement (ROM) protocol upon arrival.

C. ROM, when applicable, must be accomplished at the gaining location.

D. Airmen must remain in contact with their gaining installation to ensure compliance with travel restrictions that may be imposed by installation commanders, local laws and ordinances, or the host nation upon arrival.

  • 1. While an Airman is PCS enroute to that location, the gaining command will review the situation and is authorized to permit continued movement.

    2. While an Airman is PCS enroute to that location, and the gaining command does not authorize continued movement the Airman must immediately contact the losing command and MPF to be placed in TDY Hold IAW Part I.6.

    3. Prior to an Airman’s PCS final out-processing appointment at the losing location, the Airman should determine whether a travel exemption applies (see Part I.3) or seek a waiver (See Part I.4). Airmen may also initiate a RNLTD/DEROS change for an initial length of time no longer than 60 days (see Part III).

    4. Airman concerns regarding changes to conditions to or from a location due to COVID-19 conditions should be elevated to their command or MPF for further guidance.

Air National Guard units located on Federal installations/facilities will follow Service guidance. Air National Guard installations that are state-controlled have to balance Service guidance while adhering to the Governor's/The Adjutant General’s assessment regarding the recommended criteria and determination for when their State/Territory/Region has achieved the criteria. Meeting the criteria will inform States' leadership decision to lift Stop Movement for the State and allow unrestricted travel.

(Current as of 7 July 20)

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The following exemptions apply to both member and dependents for international and domestic travel. Travel resulting from approved exemptions must follow guidance in paragraph 5 before initiating travel to ensure measures to enhance traveler safety are met. Airmen must contact their gaining unit in advance of travel to assure the unit is updated on their travel itineraries and to be aware of any travel restrictions that may be incurred:

A. (UPDATED) Airmen and their sponsored dependents who have “initiated travel”, meaning:

Airmen and sponsored dependents who do not meet the specific condition above should continue to elevate any mission essential, hardship or humanitarian requests through their chain of command in order to obtain a waiver as outlined in paragraph 4 below.

B. Authorized travelers whose non-GFM TDY ends while this directive is in effect are authorized to return to their permanent duty station.

Non-GFM ARC members must return to their home duty station prior to the end of their orders. No authority exists to involuntarily extend non-GFM ARC members. ARC personnel required to self-quarantine will extend an additional 14 days on the same set of TDY orders. AFR specific orders guidance will be provided in a separate document.

C. Unaccompanied Airmen to or from short tour location rotations:

D. Travel by patients, as well as their authorized escorts and attendants, for purposes of medical treatment is authorized. Travel by medical providers for the purposes of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their families is also authorized.

E. U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is authorized to continue execution of the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise as required to project and sustain the Joint Force globally. This includes forces (aircrews and mission essential personnel) ordered on prepare to deploy orders (PTDO) alert status, air refueling, global patient movement, Mortuary Affairs support, inland surface, sea and air sustainment missions, support to other U.S. Agencies as approved by Secretary of Defense, and moves of personnel and equipment that support USTRANSCOM global posture requirements.

F. (UPDATED) Retirements and Separations: Airmen retiring or separating are exempt. Airmen who are unable to schedule household good shipments or travel due to local restrictions or shelter-in-place initiatives may request changes to their retirement/separation dates via myPers.

G. Casualty and Mortuary Affairs programs have outlined exemptions for their mission sets in guidance dated 27 Mar 20. See Attachment 7.

H. Student and instructor travel associated with uniformed personnel Recruiting and Accessions activities, to include accessions, basic training, advanced individual training (Initial Skills Training (IST), Technical Training and Retraining), and follow-on travel to the first duty station. Coordination between losing and gaining commander before departure is required.

I. The Air Force will continue to develop Airmen through technical and flying training and advanced academic education. Travel to and from Professional Military Education (PME) programs is authorized.

J. Evacuations: DoD eligible family members who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020 may no longer travel under the previous authority.

DoS has extended entitlements until 11 July 2020 for those families currently at safe havens which traveled under the previous authority. If the service member has 60 or more days remaining on their tour, eligible family members are authorized return travel. If the service member has 59 or less days remaining on their tour, eligible family members are authorized travel to the next duty location. Refer to Attachment 9 for detailed guidance.

K. Global Force Management (GFM) Activities (Contingency Deployments): GFM activities are defined as deployments/redeployments ordered in the GFM Allocation Plan and Combatant Command Assigned Force Demand tasking, including 365-Day Extended Deployments (ED) and Service internal rotations to support and TDY used to source ordered capabilities.

    • Airmen and their sponsored dependents with a current June, July, or August 2020 RNLTD/DEROS who have shipped HHG or completed requirements for a PPM, may proceed to next PDS once gaining and losing commanders concur with travel plans in accordance with their current Projected Departure Date (PDD).

    1. (UPDATED) Unaccompanied Airmen rotating to or from short tour locations and accompanied CENTCOM short tour PCS rotations have been determined to be mission essential (Attachment 5).

    Airmen rotating to or from short tour locations and are at/past original DEROS or at/past original RNLTD month, are authorized to proceed on assignment contingent on: gaining/losing command coordination and location-specific operating procedures listed in Attachment 6 (if applicable). Additional waivers are not required and travel will be IAW paragraph 5 below.

    Losing Commanders remain responsible for tracking and documenting movement of their personnel.

    2. Squadron Commanders (at short tour locations):

    3. MPFs at gaining short tour location will consolidate and submit batch DEROS and RNLTD changes via email to afpc.dp3am.workflow@us.af.mil marked “COVID-19 Short Tour Rotations” for update by AFPC/DP3AM after coordination with the losing commander.

    4. Airmen inbound to short tour locations: Airmen that already had their RNLTD adjusted due to stop movement travel restrictions must remain in contact with their chain of command and supporting MPF Assignments counselor for a potential additional RNLTD adjustment. Airmen should begin preparation for travel IAW local out-processing procedures; travel will be IAW paragraph 5. Refer to Attachment 6 for location-specific operating procedures (if applicable).

    5. Losing MPFs, non-short tour locations: After completion of the following, losing MPFs (non-short tour locations) are authorized to out-process Airmen:

    If departing Airman are outside their adjusted 60-day RNLTD window and their gaining unit chain of command initiates contact to proceed to short tour location, the Airman may be out-processed. In these cases, a request to AFPC requesting an RNLTD acceleration is not required. Category 1 discrepancies will not be processed for members who report/depart outside the 60-day window of RNLTDs that were adjusted due to the stop movement order.

    • a. To ensure appropriate reception and bed down capacity exists at short tour location, squadron commanders at these locations may request adjustments to the impacted inbound Airmen RNLTDs.

      b. Squadron commanders may have an Airman’s adjusted DEROS changed in order to facilitate accelerated travel.

      c. Will coordinate with their servicing MPF to update DEROS and RNLTDs IAW Part I, paragraph 3.C.3. below.

      a. The associated PCS requirements are followed.

      b. Gaining/losing command coordination.

      c. Compliance with location-specific operating procedures listed in Attachment 6 (if applicable).

      d. Document exemptions or waivers IAW procedures outlined in Part I, paragraph 5.E. below.

    Military Instructors with a projected PCS who are supporting the following missions are authorized to PCS with dependents concurrently, however coordination between losing and gaining commander and/or owning organization is required before departure and organizations must be updated on travel itinerary: Technical and flying training and advanced academic education courses to include Officer Training School (OTS), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Basic Military Training (BMT), advanced academic education such as, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Air War College (AWC), Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Fellowships, Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and Sister Service schools.

    Military Students with a projected PCS in-and-outbound who have been selected to attend technical and flying training to include SAASS, ACSC and AWC, AFIT-sponsored degree programs, Fellowships, JPME, Education with Industry (EWI), Sister Service and international schools and advanced academic degree/training (to include health professionals) are authorized to proceed with dependents concurrently, however coordination between losing and gaining commander and/or owning organization is required before departure and organizations must be updated on travel itinerary.

    It is highly recommended units and students contact training squadrons and locations to check on any changes or new requirements that may arise during the on-going COVID-19 response.

    If required for arrangement of out-processing requirements, waivers are available in Attachment 8.

Such travel to execute Operations, Activities, and Investments or Service-related training will be coordinated between the Combatant Command, the Joint Staff, and the appropriate Military Department.

The VCSAF has provided policy and guidance regarding Restriction of Movement procedures for service members traveling for pre-deployment training during COVID-19 restrictions (Attachment 10). This policy and guidance will reduce the requirement for the number of Airmen going TDY for pre-deployment training, and will eliminate the requirement to have to go to multiple training locations. Unit Deployment Managers (UDM) will verify that pre-deployment training requirements only require Airmen to travel to one pre-deployment training venue prior to deployment. If more than one TDY is showing required, the UDM will inform the unit commander, who will then seek clarification/additional waivers through their chain of command. It is important that deploying members remain in contact with their Installation Personnel Readiness (IPR), UDM and Chain of Command as there have been instances in which pre-deployment training and/or deployments have been delayed.

365-Day Extended Deployment (ED): If eligible and all PCS requirements have been met, dependent travel to the CONUS Advanced Assignment (AA) location is authorized. AA travel to OCONUS locations requires the use of already existing AA exception to policy procedures. Eligible families are authorized to proceed to AA before, after, or upon the Airman's departure from losing station. Movement will be IAW paragraph 5 below.

L. (UPDATED) Leave (also applied to Regular (i.e. weekends) and Special Pass situations):

Leave travel for military members (Regular AF and Reserve Component members in an active duty status) is exempt from COVID-19 travel restrictions. Authorized leave outside the local area will be approved at a level no lower than the unit commander or equivalent. (Attachment 13). Leave within the local area can be approved at levels lower than the unit commander or equivalent IAW AFI 36-3003. When approving leave, the following guidance must be followed:

1. Commanders and supervisors will conduct a risk assessment of the health status and travel itinerary for Airmen requesting leave. Airmen should not travel if they display a fever or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Airmen will comply with any DoD, Federal, State, and local restrictions while in a leave status.

2. Commanders and supervisors risk assessments should, at a minimum, include a review of State and local restrictions and pre- and post-travel health status assessment and travel screening. The health status assessment and travel screening should include the following:

3. Commanders and supervisors will follow the procedures in Attachment 2 for all Airmen traveling on leave. Commanders and supervisors will establish a means of communication with all Airmen throughout the period of leave and post-travel process, as well as prescribing actions for their particular circumstances.

Leave enroute: ROM, when applicable, must be accomplished at the gaining location.

(Current as of 7 July 20)

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Waivers to this directive may be granted in writing in cases where the travel is: (1) determined to be mission-essential; (2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; or (3) warranted due to extreme hardship. Mission-essential travel refers to work that must be performed to ensure the continued operations of mission-essential functions, including positions that are deemed key and essential, as determined by the responsible DoD Component.

Multiple Member Waivers (Attachment 3): Waiver authorities may also approve a single case-by-case waiver for multiple members under their command or supervision as long as the above requirements are met, the members are similarly situated, and the waiver justification is the same for all members. These ‘multiple member’ waivers will be coordinated with AFPC/DP3 to ensure waivers are executed to facilitate moves as required. To maintain readiness, there may be a need for increased waivers due to mission essentiality. When feasible, we will pursue waivers covering multiple members under a single command when they are similarly situated and justified.

Documentation of the waivers must include the determination whether travel is mission-essential; necessary for humanitarian reasons; or warranted due to hardship.

These waivers shall be coordinated between the gaining and losing organizations, are to be executed on a case-by-case basis, and must be determined to be in the best interest of the U.S. Government. Waiver template is at Attachment 12.

Approval authority for these and all other waivers belongs to:

A. Combatant Commander if the individual is assigned or allocated to a Combatant Command;

B. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if the individual is assigned to the Joint Staff;

C. Secretary of the Military Department concerned for personnel under his/her jurisdiction;

D. Chief of the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for all personnel assigned, attached, or allocated to the NGB and, for travel using Federal funds, all travel by title 32 and title 5 personnel assigned throughout the National Guard; and

E. Chief Management Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, Defense Field Activities, and any other DoD entities not listed above.

    • This authority has been delegated by the Secretary of the Air Force (Attachment 3) to the first general, flag officer, or member of the Senior Executive Service in the traveler's chain of command or supervision;

Delegations previously authorized under previous guidance remain in effect until those delegations are rescinded or superseded. References in prior delegations to "member of the Senior Executive Service" are deemed to include equivalent personnel.

(Current as of 7 July 20)

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The restrictions above give preeminence to the safety and security of our personnel, their families, and our communities. During this period of travel restriction, several measures must be taken to enhance traveler safety, lessen the burden on DoD personnel and their families, and ensure continued operations. Specifically, each organization, as applicable, will take immediate action to:

A. Clearly communicate the contents of this directive to those individuals affected by these travel restrictions.

B. Establish pre- and post-travel screening and reception procedures for all travelers as provided in Attachment 2 and any applicable subsequent guidance, to include establishing a means of communication with all personnel throughout the pre- and post-travel screening and reception process and providing information regarding prescribed actions for their particular circumstances.

C. Use military- or DoD-contracted end-to-end travel using aircraft or other conveyance for DoD sponsored travelers to the greatest extent practicable, unless between areas designated for unrestricted travel.

D. Inform all travelers of their responsibility to contact their gaining organization in advance of travel and to keep the organization updated on their travel itinerary.

E. MPFs will document exemptions or waivers via the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Authorized Delay/Awaiting Transportation memo in lieu of an AF FM 973, Request and Authorization for Change of Administrative Orders (PCS order amendment). ARC members shall document TDY exemptions or waivers via copy of AROWS or AROWS-R orders.

F. MPFs will assist eligible Airmen with submitting assignment extension, deferment, or cancellation requests for PCS moves that cause Airman or family hardships. The Airman’s commander must endorse the request. MPFs will submit the member’s request with justification and commander’s endorsement to afpc.dp3am.workflow@us.af.mil.

G. ROM, when applicable, must be accomplished at the gaining location.

(Current as of 7 July 20)

MPFs supporting RegAF Airmen will identify and report to AFPC all the Airmen placed on TDY hold.

Note: Airmen must be in enroute (away from losing location) to PCS location to be placed on TDY hold. MPFs will also report the status of Airmen impacted by Stop Movement and report TDY hold information to AFPC.DP3AM.Workflow@us.af.mil. Additionally, impacted Airmen will receive a direct message from myPers to provide the necessary information to AFPC/DP3AM. Further reporting information will be forthcoming via separate guidance.

MPFs will utilize the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Authorized Delay/Awaiting Transportation memo (in lieu of an AF FM 973, Request and Authorization for Change of Administrative Orders) for Airmen to resume travel.

concurrent travel guidance

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Until further notice, except as provided herein, stop movement guidance restricts family members from government-funded travelConcurrent official travel for family members of Total Force Military is authorized when:

(1) Conditions-based criteria for unrestricted travel are met at both the gaining and losing installations or locations if outside of a DoD facility (Part I, paragraph 2); or

(2) Airmen meets exemption criteria (Part I, paragraph 3); or

(3) Airmen have a waiver, which includes dependents, to travel signed by the appropriate waiver authority

A. (UPDATED) PCS Orders/Amendments:

B. Hardship Requests: If Airmen have a hardship based on the concurrent travel policy and desire to request a RNLTD/DEROS change or assignment diversion, MPFs will assist the Airmen with submitting the request. The Airman’s commander must endorse the request. MPFs will submit the member’s request with justification and commander’s endorsement to afpc.dp3am.workflow@us.af.mil.

C. Waivers to this Guidance: Requests for waiver must follow guidance in Part I, paragraph 4. The waiver authority may authorize concurrent travel for family members, but it must be addressed in the approved waiver letter (A

  • 1. If Airmen do not meet one of the conditions to PCS listed above (Part II, para 1), and have not received PCS orders, MPFs will mark block 13C Travel Delayed ‘Less than 20 Weeks’ and annotate block 15 with the following statement: “Delayed IAW Stop Movement/COVID-19 guidance.”

    2. If/when Airmen meet one of the conditions to PCS listed above (Part II, para 1), and have not received PCS orders, MPFs will mark block 13B Concurrent Travel is Approved and annotate block 15 with the following statement: “Approved IAW Stop Movement/COVID-19 guidance.”

    3. For Airmen currently with an exemption to stop movement guidance and traveling without their dependents, utilize the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Authorized Delay/Awaiting Transportation memo (in lieu of an AF FM 973, Request and Authorization for Change of Administrative Orders) upon authorization for dependent travel. Airmen currently assigned overseas must seek guidance for PCS options according to the applicable guidance for the country assigned.

    • Note: Amendments are not permitted for the purpose of authorizing concurrent travel or to change previously amended remarks.

RNLTD and DEROS Information

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As a result of COVID-19 Stop Movement limitations, AFPC adjusted RNLTDs and DEROS dates on/about 15 May 2020 to align assignments with the AF assignment prioritized movement plan and to bring monthly Household Goods (HHG) transportation demand in-line with executable levels of service.

As a temporary HHG pack/ship scheduling process in support of COVID-19 stop movement recovery, RNLTDs and DEROS dates are associated with a HHG pack/ship “window” (described below). Airmen not performing a Personally Procured Move (PPM) will have their HHGs packed/shipped in their assigned “window” in order to ensure a quality move and to preserve capacity for the Airmen and families with earlier RNLTDs/DEROS dates.

The MPF will populate HHG pack/ship NET dates in the designated field on the ‘memo in lieu of PCS Amendments’. Squadron commanders and equivalents can authorize an extended HHG pack/ship “window” in writing if hardship or mission reasons exist.

HHG pack/ship “window”: CONUS originated PCSs will be set at NET the month prior to the RNLTD month OCONUS originated PCSs will be set at NET two months prior to the DEROS month.

Airmen who have orders and are PCSing in FY20 are strongly encouraged to schedule their HHG pack/ship dates now. Airmen that are PCSing in FY21 are strongly encouraged to schedule their HHG pack/ship dates upon receipt of orders. To ensure Airmen have the optimal opportunity to book shipments for their desired date inside their assigned HHG pack/ship “window”, Airmen should not wait until they are in the “window” schedule HHG pack/ship date.

Airmen need to go to TMO and need to report in as soon as orders and ‘memo in lieu of PCS Amendments’ (if applicable) are in hand. Any delay may result in all movers being booked, resulting in the potential requirement to alter departure plans due to a later than desired pack-out date. Airmen accomplishing a PPM are also advised to start TMO processing ASAP. Airmen whose report date remains as originally included on their orders, PCS orders still stand and no ‘memo in lieu of PCS Amendments’ will be required for scheduling.

A. RNLTD Changes:

If mission priorities and safe travel supports, impacted Airmen have an option to accelerate their RNLTD if losing and gaining commanders approve and the Airman is requesting to do a “Full” Personally Procured Move (PPM). Airmen desiring to do a “Full” PPM can apply for, and losing and gaining commanders can approve these RNLTD changes through the existing myPers application. **Airmen should first consult with local TMO and Finance for information on reimbursement and HHG insurance before committing to a “Full” PPM.**

Airmen that will experience a significant RNLTD delay and are unable to accomplish a PPM can request adjustments to their RNLTD/DEROS if family hardship (such as school-aged children’s school enrollment and start dates) or mission needs exist. Airmen may apply, with losing and gaining commanders’ approval, through the existing myPers application. Please be aware that available HHG pack/ship dates will be limited by industry capacity to pack/ship HHGs and the sustained demand for movement across all the Services. Please consult with your local TMO.

B. DEROS Changes:

Airmen requesting a DEROS acceleration or delay must obtain losing and gaining commanders’ coordination via MFR and submit to the local CSS/MPF for processing. CSS/MPFs will submit DEROS changes via CMS.

If the Airman requires an RNLTD change in conjunction with the DEROS change, the requested RNLTD should be documented on the same MFR. An RNLTD change application in myPers is not required.

C. Voluntarily Extend in Place:

Guidance is available in myPers in the COVID-19 FAQs 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

DoD Guidance

Secretary Esper signed a memo May 26th (view here) transitioning to a conditions-based phased approach to personnel movement and travel restrictions. The memo cancels previous travel restrictions (April 20, 2020) and reissues guidance for DoD components that will remain in effect until further notice. 

A DoD article about this newest memo may be found here.

To view Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, click here. These locations have met the conditions to lift travel restrictions, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. These criteria are: 1) removal of shelter-in-place orders or other travel restrictions 2) 14-day downward trajectory of flu-like and COVID-19-like symptoms; and 3) 14-day downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases or positive tests. 

Air Force dependents have no restrictions on leisure travel, except for any imposed by the host nation or state authorities. Commanders have the authority to impose additional restrictions.

To learn more about each EU country’s public health measures, border status, and facility reopenings, visit https://reopen.europa.eu/en.

Remember – stay informed, take precautions, and follow all host nation and local restrictions.  Some nations still require quarantines, and even green countries have not eliminated the COVID-19 threat.

More information on the update to the travel restrictions can be found here.

Face mask guidance

  

fitness assessment guidance

Effective 22 May 2020, all Official Fitness Assessment Testing is cancelled until October 2020. The latest change, which is subject to local health conditions and states, “Commanders shall begin assessing Airmen’s fitness on Oct. 1, 2020 contingent upon base fitness centers being reopened and local state/country travel and movement restrictions being lifted.”

• If fitness centers remain closed and local movement restrictions remain in place, commanders may choose to delay physical fitness assessment resumption beyond Oct. 1, 2020 until safe conditions are available.

• An Airmen's next scheduled fitness assessment will be based on the date of their last official assessment and fitness category.

• In order to maintain the health and safety of the force as testing resumes, the abdominal circumference component will be temporarily suspended through Oct. 1, 2021 or until further notice. During this period, all Airmen will receive a temporary, one-year abdominal circumference component exemption, and the next scheduled test date will be based on the overall fitness score. This one-year temporary abdominal circumference exemption will take precedence over any other shorter term temporary abdominal circumference exemptions.

• The annual height and weight measurements taken in conjunction with the fitness assessment will be temporarily suspended until further notice in order to preserve the health and safety of the force.

For more information, click here.

Europe Return to School SY 20-21

From DoDEA-Europe's Director, Dr. Dr. Dell McMullen

There have understandably been many questions recently about the operating status of our schools for the beginning of School Year (SY) 2020/21. Since we provide a vital mission for our military communities, these decisions are made in close coordination with senior military leadership. We recognize that DoDEA school operations impact the readiness of our military partners to complete their mission.

Education is a critical quality of life component for military families and communities. While we responded to the COVID 19 pandemic quickly by providing continuity through digital learning, we have always believed that instruction in the classroom is the optimal learning environment for our military-connected students. Restoring teaching and learning to the familiar environments of our classrooms, provides students with stability and continuity. Face-to-face instruction and the routines of school add significantly to success and growth for all students.

We understand that some families may have circumstances where they do not wish to or are unable to send their child back to the school setting. We will, therefore, also provide a full-time Virtual Learning Option for students and families with health vulnerabilities related to COVID-19 or who are concerned about returning to school. We already have a fully accredited virtual high school high (9-12) that is being expanded to include elementary (K-5) and middle school (6-8) grades. Parents that choose to enroll their students in the virtual option must agree to at least one full semester in that environment. Parents will have to complete a request form for enrollment in the virtual school. It is very important that families make an informed decision about choosing a virtual option. All DoDEA parents who want the virtual learning option will be asked to submit an intent form to indicate their desire for their child to participate. Please work with your school administrators regarding this option.

As we return to school, DoDEA will align our health and safety practices for returning to school with CDC and DOD COVID-19 guidelines/health protection conditions in order to earn the trust and confidence of parents in our ability to protect students and staff. Social distancing, face coverings, and other mitigations will be in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We will remain flexible and prepared for any contingency. The support and involvement of parents will be critical to our success. Your help in establishing routines and expectations at home that reinforce and extend learning are valued and appreciated. Families also play a vital role in maintaining safety in our schools and classrooms. Good hygiene practices learned at home make our schools healthier and safer.

Ensuring that students are healthy enough to come to school will be an important and daily consideration. Every parent needs to ensure that students who are ill must stay home and, when necessary, seek medical attention. Students and adults have an obligation to respect and comply with the heath protection provisions in place for our classrooms, cafeterias, school buses and athletic fields. We will also need your understanding as we limit visitors to school while social distancing is in effect.

We are looking at a number of additional variables, including: daily screening and protocols should a student or employee present as sick; social distancing and sanitation; addressing the learning gaps of students; transportation; school lunches; student services; staffing, scheduling and vulnerable populations; student activities and athletics; and protocols if a resurgence were to occur in any of our communities.

This is obviously an extraordinarily challenging and concerning time for all of us. Watching our teachers, students and communities come together to ensure continuity of education for our military-connected students in these circumstances has been incredibly inspiring. This is not possible without the unwavering support of our parents and military community leaders. Please continue to work diligently and cohesively with us to ensure that we build upon our successes to this point.

We welcome your feedback. Our Principals, Community Superintendents and Superintendents will be happy to receive your input and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding this year's opening.

Please visit DoDEA’s Return to School planning website for more information.

 

SYMPTOMS

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you are a Tricare beneficiary, you can sign up for email updates on TRICARE-specific #COVID19 here

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

WHEN TO CONTACT MEDICAL:
Category 1 countries/areas

If you have returned from:
- Wuhan City/Hubei Province (China)

OR

If, since 19 Feb 2020, you have returned from:
- Iran
- Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea)
- Any of the following SPECIFIC north Italy towns, which are under containment measures: Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini (all in the Lombardy region)
- Vo (in the Veneto region)

OR

If you’ve been in contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with a confirmed COVID-19-infected person… Contact Public Health and self-quarantine for 14 days from departure from the affected area.

Category 2 countries/areas

If you have returned from:
- Anywhere in mainland China besides Wuhan City/Hubei Province)
- Hong Kong
- Japan
- Macau
- Malaysia
- Anywhere in the Republic of Korea besides Daegu/Cheongdo
- Singapore
- Taiwan
- Thailand

OR

If, since 19 Feb 2020, you have returned from:

- Cambodia
- Laos
- Myanmar
- Vietnam
- Northern Italy (excluding the specific cities mentioned to the left)

Contact Public Health and you will not need to stay home and self-quarantine. 

OTHER REASONS TO SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

1. If, within the last 14 days, you had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the coronavirus, OR you traveled to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea AND

2. You are experiencing a cough, AND

3. You have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), STAY HOME -- DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL. FOLLOW STEP 4 or STEP 5.

4. TRICARE beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:

- Belgium: 0800-81933
- Germany: 0800-071-3516
- Greece: 00-800-4414-1013
- Italy: 800-979721
- Spain: 900-82-2740
- Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287
- UK: 0800-028-3263

*** To access the Nurse Advice Line from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***

5. Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice.

If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.

EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS 

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

DOD personnel and their family members should monitor their command social media pages as well as the DOD, CDC and U.S. Embassy websites for the latest info.

PROTECT YOURSELF

CDC Recommends:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
            *If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL INFORMATION

(Below is general information for Civilian Personnel, for specific information contact your local Civilian Personnel Office)

Appropriated Fund (APF) U.S. Civilian Employees: 

  • Weather and Safety Leave - May be authorized by organizational command, if an asymptomatic non-telework employee has been quarantined and isolated as a result of a federal, command, or public health official directive/advisory. Strongly recommend supervisors and timekeepers retain documentation (e.g. Public Health Official notice, organizational commander approval, etc.,) when utilizing admin leave for this reason. (ATAAPS: “LN” with subcode “PS”)
  • Sick Leave - Employees who are symptomatic and quarantined due to a federally identified communicable illness, such as 2019-nCoV, would use sick leave.

Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) U.S. Civilian Employees: 

  • While NAF employees must be treated the same as APF employees in emergencies such as exposure to communicable diseases/influenza, procedures and guidelines may differ. Please refer to the posted DCPAS guidance and refer questions to NAF human resources office.

APF and NAF Local National (LN) Employees: 

  • HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA intends to mitigate negative effects of a possible 2019-nCoV outbreak on LN employment as is consistent with applicable host nation laws and labor agreements.
  • Paid absence (IAW CTA II para 26) - May be authorized by organizational command, if an asymptomatic employee is not allowed in his/her workplace and no alternate place of work is provided. Strongly recommend supervisors and timekeepers have documentation when utilizing paid absence for this reason. CTA II, Art 26, Para 3.b. and 2.a. apply. (LNTAP: Pay code 004, reference code C263A)
  • Paid absence (IAW CTA II para 26) – In the case an asymptomatic employee is prohibited from working by order of a health authority, CTA II Art 26, para 3.a. applies. Retain all documentation from the health authority. (LNTAP: Pay code 004, reference code C263A)
  • Sick Absence - Employees who are symptomatic and identified as unfit for work with a communicable illness, such as 2019-nCoV, would follow the normal sick absence rules of engagement established in CTA II.