Norfolk Shipyard

Thank You for Your Service.

These are unprecedented and challenging times as our nation combats this global pandemic. We are proud to continue to fulfill our duty as part of America’s “critical infrastructure” network, as designated by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Thank you for the mission critical work you continue to deliver for the Navy during this very challenging time. GDIT is committed to supporting all our employees with a safe workplace as our nation pulls together to combat COVID-19.

We will continue to keep this website updated with new information.

Thank You, GDIT

Your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance and we continue to take action to safeguard our employees and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

  1. We continue to track and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in all areas of the ship yard we control.
  2. We are working closely with BAE to share your concerns about safety and collaborate on ways we can provide even greater safety protocols in areas of the shipyard we do not control. Temperature testing has been implemented by BAE for everyone entering the shipyard.
  3. We have masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available for every GDIT employee at the waterfront. If you do not have masks, gloves or hand sanitizer, please contact your lead. For your safety, please do not work without protecting yourselves with these supplies.
  4. Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of all employees, we have directed employees not to come to work if they are ill, and we have empowered leads and supervisors to send home any employee who shows symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Our ship safety team is onsite and safety personnel rotate between ships.
  6. To promote physical distancing, we have supported the move to a mid-shift. This means that most of you are working when there are far fewer people on the ship.
  7. We have allowed those who want to take a break for a few days to use accrued leave. While we anticipate your return to work soon, we understand the need for flexibility as you take time to get comfortable with the workplace.
  8. We will continue to provide you with up-to-date information and communication. This website is dedicated to communicating solely to the GDIT Waterfront team.

Masks, Gloves and Sanitizer Available for Every GDIT Employee at the Waterfront

Masks, gloves and sanitizer are available and we continue to procure more supplies.

See your AIT lead to get what you need.

The information below is intended to address recent questions regarding the protocols GDIT has implemented to protect employee health and safety under COVID-19.

Additional information and resources, including a more comprehensive set of frequently asked questions and answers, are available on the COVID-19 site on GDIT Connect.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please speak with your manager or send an email to CoronavirusResponse@gdit.com.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

I have symptoms associated with the virus (shortness of breath, fever, cough), what should I do?

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please do not come to work. Contact your medical provider, use your accrued paid leave as necessary and update your manager and your HR Business Partner.

Employees who meet the criteria outlined below are required to quarantine for at least 14 days:

  • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
  • Direct contact (within 6 feet for a period of at least 10 minutes) with a person who is presumed positive or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Tested positive (or presumptive positive if test not available) for COVID-19
  • Returned from a cruise or any international travel

In addition, employees must be symptom-free (including absence of fever without medication) for at least 72 hours prior to returning to work. Please see the Return to Work FAQ below for additional guidance.

If I have COVID-19 symptoms, should I get tested?

If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Follow the direction of your medical provider on whether testing is recommended.

If I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 what should I do?

If you are diagnosed with the COVID-19, stay at home and alert your manager and HR Business Partner as soon as reasonable so GDIT can assist you as you recover and reduce the potential risk to colleagues. Time should be charged as it would be for any other absence due to illness. Additionally, short-term disability or Family Medical Leave may be available.

You will be required to stay out of the workplace until you are symptom-free, including no fever, for at least 72 hours (this means three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, or since a positive test result (if asymptomatic).

Where adequate testing is available, an employee may also return to work if he/she has tested negative two times with at least 24 hours between tests, in accordance with CDC guidance, AND is symptom-free as described above.

An employee with COVID-19 may be asked to provide a medical clearance to their HR Business Partner to return to work.

If I have been in contact with a person who is later determined to have COVID-19, should I stay home from work?

Possibly. If you had direct exposure (within 6 feet for a period of at least 10 minutes) to someone who is presumed or confirmed positive, you will need to stay away from the workplace until at least 14 days have passed since the direct exposure occurred. You must remain symptom-free or, if symptoms develop, you must reach a point where you are symptom-free, including no fever, for at least 72 hours (this means three full days of no fever without the use of medication that reduces fevers) AND at least 14 days have passed since the direct exposure occurred. Please contact your HR Business Partner to confirm appropriate steps based on your degree of exposure.

We recently had an employee test positive for COVID-19. What has been done to clean the locations where the employee was working?

BAE completed a special cleaning of our trailers in the yard on May 7th and shut down 2nd shift on both CG 69 and CG 64 to clean, fog and wipe down electronic spaces. Additionally, GDIT has commissioned a contractor to provide a second, daily cleaning of the BAE shipyard trailers.

NOTIFICATIONS TO OTHER EMPLOYEES REGARDING COVID-19 CASES

What is GDIT’s protocol for communicating to employees if a GDIT employee or another individual at the worksite tests positive or is presumptive positive?

Employees who test positive or are presumptive positive are required to notify their HR Business Partner. In the case of an employee who tests positive (or is presumptive positive), those with whom the employee has had direct contact will be notified and directed to telework or take leave. Other employees at the worksite who did not have direct contact will be notified as appropriate. For all notifications, the names of employees who test positive or are presumptive positive will not be disclosed. In the event that a non-GDIT employee (i.e., subcontractor) at the worksite tests positive or is presumptive positive and GDIT is notified, the same notification protocol will apply.

If I report that I have symptoms associated with the virus, will my co-workers be told about my condition?

As a reminder, if you have symptoms, you must stay home and stay out of the workplace (as outlined above in the earlier FAQ.) While it is possible that information about a report of symptoms (without a positive or presumptive positive) may be shared with those with whom you have had direct contact, the decision about disclosing such information would depend on your workplace, the severity of your symptoms, whether you have seen a medical provider, whether you are being tested for COVID-19, and when you were last present in the workplace. Such decisions are carefully made on a case-by-case basis. In the event that a report of symptoms is made, your name would not be disclosed to your co-workers.

How does GDIT identify individuals who may have had contact with an employee who tests positive or is presumed positive?

Our Human Resources Business Partners work with any employee with symptoms and has been or is being tested, or has tested positive, to identify the individuals believed to have had direct contact. Current CDC guidelines are within 6 feet of the affected individual for at least 15 minutes (we are using 10 minutes), starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the individual is isolated. The Human Resources Business Partner also works closely with program operations to validate the list and determine any additional incidents of potential exposure. Each person identified is notified as soon as possible and quarantined consistent with CDC guidelines. If any subcontractors are identified on the direct contact list, the subcontractor company is also notified as soon as possible.

RETURNING TO WORK AFTER QUARANTINE OR ILLNESS

If I have been quarantined due to illness or exposure, when can I return to work?

Return to work guidance is based on the employee’s status, as outlined in the following scenarios:

  • Symptomatic, presumptive positive (or advised to quarantine as if positive): can return after 14 days from onset of symptoms and 72 hours symptom-free (including absence of fever without medication.)
  • Direct contact (within 6 feet for a period of at least 10 minutes) with person who tested positive, but employee has no symptoms: can return 14 days after last contact.
  • Symptoms or direct contact, but tested negative (and never had positive test): can return upon receipt of negative results and resolution of symptoms. Employee may be required to provide their HR Business Partner with proof of negative test result.
  • Tested positive: can return after 14 days from onset of symptoms and 72 hours symptom-free (including absence of fever without medication.) Employee may be required to provide their HR Business Partner with proof of negative test result.
  • Return from cruise or international travel (no symptoms): can return 14 days after return from travel.

Where adequate testing is available, an employee may also return to work if he/she has tested negative two times with at least 24 hours between tests, in accordance with CDC guidance, AND is symptom-free as described above.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

If I am out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, may I apply for state unemployment insurance benefits?

While you are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may apply for unemployment compensation benefits in accordance with applicable state law. Whether benefits are awarded is determined by the specific state agency. GDIT cannot say whether an application will be approved or when. Please be aware that some state unemployment agencies may be experiencing a backlog of claims.

The method of filing for unemployment varies state by state, however most states offer enrollment opportunities by telephone, email, the state website, or in person. Note: filing in-person is discouraged and as more states move to shelter in place, may not be possible. You can find specific directions for filing on your state agency’s employment website. Unemployment benefits should be applied for in the state that you work.

Please reference the COVID-19 Unemployment State Updates spreadsheet for applicable links and state-specific information. Additional questions related to unemployment insurance benefits may be directed to Employee Relations.

If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please send it to CoronavirusResponse@gdit.com.

TAKING LEAVE

What should I do if I want to take leave?

If you decide to take leave, you must coordinate with your supervisor first.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES – LEARN MORE

Additional information and resources, including a more comprehensive set of frequently asked questions and answers, are available on the COVID-19 site on GDIT Connect.