FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Navajo Nation Film Office - Film Navajo

What type of services does Navajo Nation Film Office provide?


The Navajo Nation Film Office has the exclusive authority of permitting procedures and fees associated with filming/still photography on the Navajo Nation. We also offer film services such as location scouting, production assistants, drone operations, cast and crew calls, and talent searches.




Do I need a permit for my production on the Navajo Nation?


Yes, all productions, including professional, amateur, independent, student, education, and photography conducted on the Navajo Nation, are subject to the proper regulations to obtain a permit from NNTVF.




What are the types of permits issued?


Our office issue permits for film, still photography, and drone usage. The production may be required to obtain permits through other entities depending on the location(s) and/or filming/photography activities.




How much are the permit fees?


Permit fees vary based on the needs of the production. Please note, additional fees separate from NNTVF may apply.




How do I obtain a film/photography permit to film on the Navajo Nation?


To acquire a film/still photography permit, you can complete the application on our Film Page here. Once completed, submit the application to nntvf.servicerequest@navajo-nsn.gov. Our Film Liaison will be in touch for the initial consultation and will guide you through the permit process.




Does the Navajo Nation permit the usage of drones for film or photography?


Yes, the usage of drones is permitted on the Navajo Nation with the exception of the National Parks and the Navajo Nation Tribal Parks. Please note, all drone usage requires a Drone Operator who is Part 107 licensed and certified, and must provide proof of certification.





Navajo Nation Production Office - Produce Navajo

Does the Production Office rent out media equipment?


No, the Production Office does not rent or loan any equipment. All equipment will only be handled and operated by NNTVF staff.




Does the Production Office charge for media services?


Yes, media service fees vary based on the needs of the production. Payment is accepted in the form of a check or money order made out to the Navajo Nation TV & Film.




Does the Production Office have any stock images or footage for licensing?


No, the Production Office does not have stock images or footage for licensing; however, we will be working on a future gallery.




I'm a production company and want to utilize Navajo crew for my project; how do I request additional crew?


You can request for Navajo crew by emailing us at nntvf.servicerequest@navajo-nsn.gov. Depending on the specifications of your request, we may be able to accommodate you; however, this will be on a case-by-case review.




Does NNTVF have a certified Drone Pilot?


Yes, the Production Office has three certified, licensed drone operators to assist with your production.




How can I volunteer to be part of the NNTVF crew?


Email your request to nntvf.servicerequest@navajo-nsn.gov and ask to speak to our Production Coordinator.





Benefits

How will I be contacted with updates?


The City continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is working closely with the State of Illinois and CDC in order that timely and accurate information can be provided. Employees should check the HR website for up-to-date information at www.citylf.org. You can reach this site from any computer or mobile device (you may have to enter the “www” in the address).




Am I subject to being assigned to different work hours, shifts and/or locations and if so, how will I get paid?


Yes, for various reasons during this COVID-19 outbreak we all may be required to work different hours, shifts and/or at different locations.




During the COVID-19 outbreak can my supervisor cancel my vacation leave that has already been approved?


Yes. Your Department Head or designee has the authority to cancel any pre-approved vacation requests. Please communicate planned travel with your supervisor.




Does my supervisor have to approve my request to telecommute?


The Department Head or designee will make the determination on which employees are designated for telecommuting and who will be allowed to continue telecommuting now that buildings have reopened.

If you have a need to temporarily telecommute, please click here for our policy and for the application form. Contact DeSha Kalmar with questions about this policy.




What do I do if my children's schools are not doing in-class learning?


We will continue to work with employees who are in this situation to insure that all can meet their responsibilities both at home and at work.

Download the Temporary Telecommuting Policy and application form.




Who should I contact if I have additional questions?


For employment related matters, please contact Human Resources Director Amber Campbell at amber.campbell@cityoflakeforest.com or 847.810.3532. For questions specific to City services or operations, please contact the appropriate Department.




What assistance is available to me to help me cope with the emotional impact of a COVID-19 outbreak?


The City of Lake Forest provides resources to help employees cope with these types of life events through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided through Family Service of Lake County, 847.432.4981 Ext. 200. They are offering clients phone or video sessions. For a phone session, you just need your phone. For a video session, you will need a Smartphone or other device that has a camera and microphone.

Linda Porter is also available to see City employees as part of our EAP. She can be contacted directly at (847) 641-1193 or linda.porter23@yahoo.com.





Illness/Quarantine

If an employee appears ill, can a supervisor inquire about the nature of the employee’s illness or send the employee home?


Supervisors have the right and responsibility to send employees home if they appear ill. The EEOC has said that employers can now make medical inquiries about whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms because this is a pandemic. The City’s position is that the Supervisor should notify Human Resources when any employee is sent home. Human Resources will provide guidance on appropriate inquires.




If I have a family member at home who is sick with COVID-19, should I come to work?


No. Stay home and self-quarantine to prevent any possible transmission to others. If you are emergency personnel, contact your supervisor immediately. We recommending that you get tested as well. Current recommendations are the testing should be conducted 4-5 days following exposure. This waiting period reduces the risk of false-negatives. The testing is free to government employees. Check here for more detailed information.




Will my City health insurance cover medical expenses associated with treatment for COVID-19?


Yes. We have determined that we will reimburse COVID-19 services as follows:

1. Testing for COVID-19 will be reimbursed at 100% under the Medical Benefit Plan and

2. Medical treatments for the COVID-19 (such as doctor visits, hospitalizations etc.) will be paid same as any other illness under the plan.

3. Testing for antibodies will be covered at 100% if it is ordered by a medical professional.

Update 5-22-20

COVID-19 Testing and Related Services

Legislation enacted by Congress requires group health plans to provide benefits in full for COVID-19 testing (no copays or member cost-sharing). Required coverage has been clarified to include:

  • COVID-19 testing, even if not FDA-approved. This includes serological tests for COVID-19 used to detect antibodies.

  • Diagnostic services and items provided during urgent care, emergency room, or in-person or telehealth provider visits that result in an order for or administration of COVID-19 testing. This includes blood tests and x-rays administered to rule out flu or pneumonia.

  • When available, COVID-19 preventive items, services, and immunizations that receive specified recommendations from the CDC’s United States Preventive Services Task Force.




Who should I contact if I have additional questions?


For employment related matters, please contact Human Resources Director Amber Campbell at amber.campbell@cityoflakeforest.com or 847.810.3532. For questions specific to City services or operations, please contact your supervisor or the appropriate department.




What should I do if I have been around someone who contracts Covid-19 or if I begin to have Covid-like symptoms?


If you learn that you have been exposed to someone who has or may have Covid-19:

  • Do not come to work!

  • Advise your supervisor:

    • Has the exposure been from someone who is symptomatic or have they had a positive test result?

    • How long ago was your exposure to this person?

    • Were you wearing appropriate PPE at the time (face covering)?

    • Be as specific as possible and provide as much information as possible.

  • Begin thinking of who you have had close contact with at work and when that was.

  • Your supervisor will contact your department head, who will contact Human Resources Director Amber Campbell and specific actions will be determined based on the facts of the situation. Each situation will be slightly different, so this allows for the best possible response for your situation.

  • You will be asked to self-quarantine until the results of the symptomatic person have been received. If those results are positive for Covid-19, then you must quarantine until you can be tested.

  • Steps will be taken to immediately sanitize the work area, any work surfaces, vehicles and tools.

If you are feeling ill with Covid-19 symptoms:

  • Do not come to work!

  • Advise your supervisor of your situation.

  • Your supervisor will contact your department head, who will contact Human Resources Director Amber Campbell.

  • Begin thinking of who you have had contact with at work and when that was.

  • During this time, You should undergo active monitoring by your physician.

  • Get tested for Covid-19 per your physician’s instructions.

  • If your test is positive, contact your supervisor immediately and provide information on your contact with others in the workplace or community in order to perform contact tracing.

  • Quarantine Guidelines from IDPH

  • If you have a positive test, those who have been in contact with you will be notified by the Human Resources Director.




What is the typical quarantine period for an exposure or positive diagnosis?


Employees should immediately report a potential exposure or need to take a Covid-19 test to their supervisor. The supervisor will work with Human Resources to determine the necessary course of action, which the employee will be required to take. Each situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Employees will be expected to comply. Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines: Potential Exposure Quarantine Guidance Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People




Will I need to quarantine if I am fully vaccinated?


Fully vaccinated employees will not need to quarantine if they have a known exposure to COVID-10, as long as they are asymptomatic. However, if a fully vaccinated employee experiences COVID-19 symptoms, they should get tested and follow isolation protocol.





Guidelines

Do I need to wear a face covering?


The latest face covering guidance effective Monday, August 30:

Guidance for Employees & Contractors

Applies to interactions with the public and in private work areas. Each section is unique and the State’s guidance is different for certain activities, so please confirm protocol with your department.

  • Indoors: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering.

    • You may remove your face covering when you’re alone at your desk or private work space.

    • In isolated, individual work spaces, offices or cubicles that are enclosed on three sides, face masks are not required. In shared work spaces, face masks may be required for those who are not vaccinated depending on proximity to other staff. Please check with your department head.

  • Outdoors: Face coverings are not required when social distancing can be maintained.

Guidance for the Public

  • Everyone must wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Appropriate signage will be displayed at City buildings and facilities.




Comfort Levels of Employees


Please be considerate of your coworkers, differing comfort levels and personal spaces. Although the easing of facemask requirements is an indication that the end of the pandemic is near, we expect our employees to continue to show compassion and grace to each other. Wearing facemasks in public has become the norm for more than a year and many people, even those who are fully vaccinated, might have understandable anxiety as we transition into a new phase in the pandemic. Please continue to respect people’s personal space as we adjust to the changes in social distancing requirements.




Vaccination Information


Per recommendation from the City’s risk management provider, vaccination and booster information should be coordinated and maintained confidentially through Human Resources. Please remember that the city is not mandating that employees get the Covid-19 vaccination. This remains a personal choice.

  • Employees can voluntarily submit their vaccination status to their Department Head, designated department representative or HR.
  • The following information will be requested:
    • Name
    • Type of Vaccine
    • Vaccination Date (Second dose date of a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) or (First dose date of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine)





NNTV5 Television Station - Watch Navajo

Is NNTV5 licensed with the FCC?


Our TV station was registed in 1989 with the FCC.




Is NNTV5 analog or digital?


We provide digital formatted television through terrestrial point-to-point RF to remain current with technological trends.




Does NNTV5 have a TV program schedule?


Yes, we update our schedule monthly, which can be viewed on the Watch Navajo page here.




What content does NNTVF broadcast?


We have three primary categories for subject material, all of which are Navajo-owned and created: i. Governmental, including live streams and public service announcements ii. Educational, including culture, language, health & wellness, and cooking iii. Public access, including documentaries, drama, sports, talk shows, and animation




How can I view the NNTV5 channel?


To view our channel, you will need to be within the vicinity of one of our tranmission towers in Window Rock, AZ, Tohatchi, NM, Shiprock, NM, or Crownpoint, NM. Our coverage area can be viewed here: To access the channel, view the How-To video on our YouTube page here.




Who can I contact if I'm not able to get the NNTV5 channel?


You may contact the Broadcast Technician at (928) 871-7826 during regular business hours. If after hours, please email nntvf.servicerequest@navajo-nsn.gov with a brief description of your problem.




Does NNTV5 offer other services?


NNTV5 is in development of an underwriting policy which offers underwriting spots for local businesses and organizations to recognize your business/organization in a non-commercial spot in NNTV5's program schedule.




How can I broadcast my film project on the NNTV5 channel?


NNTV5 is finalizing a Broadcast Submission Form for those interested in having your fim project aired on our station. Please note, your submission will be subject to review and approval prior to its airing.




Can I view NNTV5 on any streaming services?


No, we do not offer an on-demand streaming service.




Can I request archived videos broadcasted on NNTV5?


No, NNTV5 does not release archived or current content.