ESP Insider-News You Can Use

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IEA One Conference – Oct. 1-2 (virtual)

Save the date and join us for the 2021 One Conference for education support professionals (ESPs), higher education and retired members.

What is the One Conference?

The One Conference is a fabulous IEA conference that is planned with ESPs in mind, to enhance leadership skills and designed to provide professional and personal growth. IEA and your ESP leadership work together to plan this high quality conference. Many of the trainers are ESP leaders who have a passion and talent to support their students and fellow ESPs. Maybe you could be one of our next trainers at this years One Conference! Examples of past sessions include Self Care: Yoga and Communication Strategies for ESPs.

If you would like to present at this year’s One Conference, please submit on online Request for Proposal (RFP). Submission deadline is April 30.

If you would like to see a particular session be offered at this year’s One Conference, please email your suggestion(s) to ESP Council Chair Jill Scarcelli. This will help in our planning process.
 

Other news

Update on HR 77 which addresses equity pay for ESPs: IEA legislative update 3/28/21

State of Education report: IEA releases third annual, bipartisan State of Education report

#CancelTheTests – NEA is calling for standardized tests to be canceled during the pandemic: Take action and sign the open letter!

NEA ESP of the Year: Congratulations to the 2021 NEA ESP of the Year Kimberly Scott, New Jersey Education Association!

Covid Relief Fund Available

 We were just made aware Monday from IEA that there is now help available for those who have lost a loved one due to Covid-19. The federal government agency FEMA is providing help with the cost of funeral expenses for those who have experienced a loss or know someone who has lost a family member. Please use the following link to go to the FEMA website that details the information about this important new program:
https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

The website provides this information in many different languages, details the steps to take to apply and the contact information for applying among other things. It also has a FAQS page that answers any questions one would have about this help. We urge those of you who might need this assistance to check this website out and/or to pass this information on to friends or family who have recently suffered a loss.

Second Covid Vaccine Update

Dear Members,
      Don’t forget that the appointments for the second Covid vaccine are coming up this week and next. You still have time to make appointments for next weeks time slots for either the shots at Joliet West or in Kendall County. Also see the info below for the remote learning days for some staff on the Thursday following the Joliet West appointments.

Good afternoon, 
 

As you know, over 1,000 of our staff are receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine on March 10th and over 1,000 more will receive their second dose on March 17th
Many individuals have more severe symptoms following their second dose of the vaccine. Symptoms can be uncomfortable and at times intense, however, most individual’s symptoms went away after a day. 

For this reason, the district is changing March 11th and March 18th to Remote Learning – Synchronous days.   
The district is concerned that if even 20% of the staff who receive their second dose have significant symptoms, we will need 200 substitutes.  At this time, we do not have enough substitutes to cover a high number of staff absences. 

  • This will allow staff a day to recover from the second dose at home while still providing synchronous instruction to our students.
  • Staff who truly are too ill to provide synchronous instruction will need to take a sick day and post asynchronous lessons.

Staff will be required to provide synchronous remote learning on these days.  Staff who are unable to provide synchronous remote learning due to significant symptoms, must put in for a sick day and post asynchronous lessons for students.  
   Employees in certain categories who are unable to work remotely, (ie. Lunchroom supervisors, custodians, etc.) are expected to report to work in person on March 11th and 18th.  If any of these individuals are unable to report to work due to symptoms following the vaccine, they will need to take a sick day. 
 

Mina Griffith
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Plainfield CCSD 202
(815)577-4023


Wash hands often, Practice social distancing, Wear a mask, Stay home if you are sick, Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes
Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

District App Available

A message from PLAINFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT 202

January 29, 2021

District 202 Families and Staff,
   We are proud to roll out the NEW District 202 mobile apps for both Android and Apple phones. 
   The apps are an easy way to get the most important district and school information directly to your mobile device. Just download the FREE app, select the schools you want to follow, and receive:  the information you want, including:
District and school news, announcements, calendars, the Virtual Backpack, lunch menus, the Home Access Center, and more!
***PLEASE NOTE: you can Access the Daily COVID-19 Self-Certification Form from the “Announcements” Section on the app.
 We will add a new icon soon for this important function.

   We hope this new tool is helpful.
Thank you as always for your support!

Disinfecting Reminder

Hello All,

  We just want to remind all of you who use the Oxivir disinfectant that it requires a 5 MINUTE dwell time before being wiped off. This allows the product to have time to kill any virus or bacteria before wiping. Of course you can also let it air dry if the surface does not need to be used or touched over a longer period of time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Building Administrator or your Head Custodian.
  You can also contact Joanne Clemans 
jlclemanspass202@gmail.com or Bill Favero pass2022017@gmail.com
 Thank you for helping keep our District safe!!