IMPORTANT!! Update to Staff Handbook

Today, the District 202 COVID-19 Staff Handbook will updated on the intranet.  I have attached the updated copy for you.  Please make sure to refer staff to the intranet to view all up to date information about Return to School.  I need your help in getting the word out to staff and referring them to these resources to answer their questions.  Tom will also send an email today to all staff. 
 
Here is the link to all of the most up to date resources:  http://intranet.psd202.org/news/1481
Links on that page include:
 
District Protocol – Face Covering Accommodations
District 202 COVID-19 Staff Handbook (Updated 9/21/2020)
Staff Self-Certification and Attendance
Visitor Self-Certification Form
Classroom Set up presentation
COVID-19 Posters and Visuals
COVID-19 Instructional Videos

 
Also, many staff are asking for the detailed information about contact tracing, what happens when someone is sick, diagnosed, etc.  All of this information can be found also on the intranet under Department Resources > Health Services http://intranet.psd202.org/page/docs/6
The links below are found on that page.  

Contact Tracing
COVID Information
Face Coverings 

Have a great weekend! 
Mina Griffith
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Plainfield CCSD 202
(815)577-4023

Return to School Dates

DISTRICT 202 TENTATIVE RETURN SCHEDULE FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PLAN DETAILS — INCLUDING RETURN DATES — ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON HEALTH CONDITIONS AND OPERATIONAL LOGISTICS

Each student group will return to in-person learning building on the successful, safe return of the preceding group.

Bringing students back in small groups allows us to monitor and adjust our safety protocols, staffing, etc.

PRE-RETURN PLANNING

In the upcoming weeks, District 202 will survey parents on their intent for their student to return to in-person learning or to continue with remote learning. The Intent to Return Survey will also contain key schedule, health, and safety information.

We will also email you a reminder that the Intent to Return Survey email is coming.

RETURN SCHEDULE

  • October 26th – PreK-12 multi-needs special education Preschool LEAP and Multi-needs,

    FBI, Intensive, Project Class, MAP, Star Plus, SCORE, and PSTEP

  • November 5th– Prekindergarten and kindergarten

  • November 16th – PreK-12 English Language Learners and students who receive

    instructional special education classes

  • November 30th – All 1st-3rd grade students

  • December 7th – All 4th-5th grade students

  • January 19th – All middle and high school students

    NOTES

    District 202 officials will continue to monitor:
    1. The positivity rate for our area and Will County
    2. Guidance from the Will and Kendall County Health Departments, Illinois Department of

    Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education and Centers for Disease Control 3. The availability of cleaning and disinfecting supplies
    4. The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    5. The number of available substitute teachers to ensure our ability to provide remote learning

10/16 Update

Lots of new information this week! 
Please read the whole update (I know it’s long)!!! 

 

NEW WORK HOURS FOR PARAPROFESSIONALS 
Starting Tuesday, October 20th a new schedule for students will be implemented. With this change comes a change in work hours for our paraprofessionals. These hours are: 
 
***Bonnie McBeth 8:00-3:00*** 
***Elementary 8:30-3:30*** 
***Middle School and High School (Including PA) 7:30-2:30*** 
**This is subject to change once we get more students in the building. 
 
The district is continuing to work on student schedules for those who choose to be in person and those who choose to continue remote learning. This has been a daunting task for our Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education Departments! Please keep in mind that as employees we work for District 202 and we are assigned to a building/program. This can change based on staffing needs throughout the district. These changes will be made by building administration recommendations. You will be notified by your building administration if a change in location/program is needed. 
 
CAMPUS MONITORS 
Campus monitors will continue to work the established 7.5 hour day as scheduled per building. 

 Board of Education 
The Board of Education met Tuesday, October 13th and discussed the return to school. Please see the attached power point from the meeting outlining student return. 

http://www.psd202.org/documents/1602638832.pdf
 

Return to In Person Learning 
Our custodial staff, campus monitors, lunchroom supervisors and maintenance staff, along with building administration, have been very busy getting our buildings ready for the return of staff and students. They have been putting directional stickers on the floors for one-way hallways, setting up classrooms to be socially distant, cleaning and disinfecting touchpoints throughout the building, making sure univents are cleaned and new air filters installed, among many other things. 
 
SIP DAYS 
The first SIP day is Monday, Oct. 19th. Work hours for Paraprofessionals and Campus Monitors is 9am to 2 pm. 
October 19th SIP Day 
  • Lunch Supervisors do not work 
  • Parapros that only work with kindergarten / PreK don’t work 
  • Paraprofessional & Campus Monitors hours are: 7 Hour Employees Work 5 hours (9AM-2PM) & 7.5 Hour Employees work 5 hrs 15 minutes (9AM – 2:15PM) 
  • The other categories of PASS work a regular work day. 
  • Parapros will monitor students during student hours via Google Classroom  (NO ZOOM), especially ones that need assistance with asynchronous learning. They are expected to monitor the students they are responsible for in each class. 
 
FACE COVERINGS 
All staff and students are required to wear face masks. In the school setting, face coverings must be worn by everyone except children younger than 2 years old, people with physical or intellectual disabilities who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance, and on rare occasions, individuals with severe breathing problems.  
 
N95 MASKS FOR NURSES AND CUSTODIANS 
N95 masks will be offered to Nurses and Custodians only at this point. There will be a survey sent to both categories asking if they would like an N95 mask for work. If the answer is “yes” a time to be fit tested will be set up so the proper size mask is issued. After that is completed there will be a second survey sent to select special education paraprofessionals and special education teachers to determine if there is a need for N95 masks. The district will determine who is surveyed. 
 
VACATION TIME 

This applies to 12 month PASS members only: 
If you were eligible to carry over extended vacation days into the 2020-2021 school year, please remember that you must use these days by December 1, 2020 or you will lose them
 
FMLA/FFCRA PAPERWORK RESPONSES 
As of today, 2290 (PASS and APT) have responded to the survey from A&P asking for return to work information.   
  • 80.1% have responded that they will be returning.   
  • 138 have requested medical paperwork 
  • 361 have requested childcare paperwork. 
Many of you are still waiting to hear back from Rebecca Sipes.  Please keep in mind, she is one person dealing with close to 500 requests. (Yikes!)

If you have submitted your paperwork, and you haven’t received a reply, please email Jennifer Orlos. 

If you have responded to the survey, but have not gotten your paperwork in to Rebecca Sipes, that could delay your response.

Childcare paperwork needs to be submitted.  Include all the information you can.  The District Office realizes you may not know your children’s return dates and will accommodate you however they are able when/if that happens.

If you are requesting a medical FMLA, it is important the physician list specific restrictions District Office needs to consider when writing an ADA plan, not just “employee needs to work remote”.  If DO doesn’t have the restrictions from your physician, that could also delay the ADA process.

District Office realizes that your needs may change at any time.  The FMLA/FFCRA process is fluid.  At any time you can pull your paperwork and end your usage of those days, freeze your paperwork or you can enact your paperwork and begin usage of those days.  If there are any needs you may have that would prevent your return to work, you should err on the side of caution and fill out the paperwork.  You can always change your mind. 
 

2020-2021 NEA, IEA, REGION 61 and PASS ELECTIONS 
Each year we elect delegates to attend the IEA Representative Assembly (RA), NEA RA, fill Region 61 positions and PASS officer positions.  Due to our remote status, we will be holding these elections by mail this year.  

IEA RA – Held at the Hyatt O’Hare from March 11-13 
  • PASS is able to bring 6 delegates to the IEA RA.  At this point we do not have a decision if the March event will be held in person or virtually.  As we get closer to the RA, that will be determined.  If the decision regarding the RA is not what you believe is in your best interest, you will be able to remove yourself as a delegate, so please run if you are interested as we can NOT add anyone once the election is over. 
  • The elections process is outlined below. 
    • 10/19/20 – Nomination forms emailed to PASS school email 
    • 11/6/20 – Nomination forms due back via email to Stephanie Jerabek 
    • 11/13/20 – Ballots mailed out to PASS members to their address on file with IEA. 
      • Please update your address through IEA Connect on the IEA website.  (www.ieanea.org
    • 12/4/20 – Ballots due back.   
      • Please use the prepaid envelope that will be included with the ballot. 
    • 12/11/20 – Ballots tallied 
      • Election results will be reported to the APT monthly meeting for approval and then shared with the membership. 
If you are interested in being a delegate for the IEA RA, please watch your school email for the nomination form.  The nomination forms for the NEA RA which will be held in Denver, CO from July 2-6 this year will be out in February.  We will notify you about that as the date gets closer.  Again, there has been no decision regarding whether we will meet in-person or virtually, as we did this past July. 
 
 
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to either me at jlclemanspass202@gmail.com or Bill Favero at pass2022017@gmail.com 
 

 
 
JoAnne Clemans
President, PASS
Special Ed. Paraprofessional
Plainfield Academy
23930 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815)439-5521

10/2 Update

 
 
Last week everyone received a survey from the District Office regarding the return to remote teaching from the buildings. If you have not already filled out this survey, please email Jennifer Orlos, Assistant Superintendent, and give her the following information: 
 
Name 
Position 
Building 
Returning in person (Yes/No)  
(If no, do you need ADA accommodations because of a medical condition or do you need information regarding child care issues?) 
 
The purpose of the survey is to identify three things: 

  • Are you able to return to the building starting Oct. 15th
  • Will you need information related to creating an ADA plan? 
  • Will you need information related to FFCRA because your son/daughter’s school/child care is closed? (Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), enacted on March 18, 2020) 

  
The Administration and Personnel Department has begun the process to determine which employees fall into which category. This will assist with organizing the staffing for each building, if/when students return to the building. Us gathering this information now will assist with planning for any potential changes to the remote teaching/learning plan.   
 
Please be aware that the start date for employees to work in their buildings is October 15th
 
Return to In Person Learning 
October 26th is the target date for some special education students to return for in-person learning. Those who will be working with this group of students have received an email from Mina Griffith, Asst. Superintendent of Student Services outlining how the return may look.  
 
Please see the attached Return to In Person (Phase 1 Multi Needs Students) document. This document has information on the draft schedule and safety information. 
 
FACE COVERINGS 
All staff and students are required to wear face masks. In the school setting, face coverings must be worn by everyone except children younger than 2 years old, people with physical or intellectual disabilities who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance, and on rare occasions, individuals with severe breathing problems.  
 
SIP DAYS 
The first SIP day is Monday, Oct. 19th. Teachers are only responsible to deliver the remote instruction. All Staff will not have any administrative assigned meetings/work from 8-9am and no office hours at the end of the day.   
**Please note, paraprofessionals are only paid for a 5-hour day.  Therefore, they have no obligation from 8-9 or after 2PM.** 
 
N 95 Masks for Nurses and Custodians 
N95 masks will be offered to Nurses and Custodians only at this point. There will be a survey sent to both categories asking if they would like an N95 mask for work. If the answer is “yes” a time to be fit tested will be set up so the proper size mask is issued. After that is completed there will be a second survey sent to select special education paraprofessionals and special education teachers to determine if there is a need for N95 masks. The district will determine who is surveyed. 
 
Microsoft Office Training 
We had a huge response to our free Microsoft Office trainings! I am very happy to see so many taking advantage of this opportunity! We filled well over 500 slots for classes in Microsoft Word, Exel and PowerPoint! 
 
Hopefully anyone who signed up has their date and time written in their calendar. If, for some reason, you have forgotten your date/time to attend a session, please reach out to your administrator. They were sent a list of employees who registered for classes. 
 
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to either me at jlclemanspass202@gmail.com or Bill Favero at pass2022017@gmail.com 

 

 
JoAnne Clemans
President, PASS
Special Ed. Paraprofessional
Plainfield Academy
23930 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815)439-5521