1/21/2021 Update

  We understand the emotion many are feeling right now about the entire return to school situation. The district has created a plan to start bringing students back in the building. As a result, in order for the organization to run, we need the adults in the building, too. It is the district responsibility to make sure we are creating a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff, even in the midst of a pandemic.  

  A lot of work has gone into getting our buildings ready for the students and staff.  I ask that you reach out to the building administration to get an idea of how your work environment will look different.  You will learn about all the PPE available, the signs posted, decals on the floors, classrooms looking much different, modified/flexible work schedule and a very limited number of students returning each day to the classroom. This pandemic has impacted all of us, for different reasons.  We need our employees who have made special connections with our students, working with our students.  

That being said, we have worked with the district to ensure the buildings are as safe as possible for all students and staff to return. All staff have been issued washable facemasks, hand sanitizer is readily available, hallways have been designated as one way only where possible, desks have been set up for social distancing, air filtration has been upgraded and rooms are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily just to name some of the things that are in place. There are also sections in the Staff Covid handbook that is on the employee intranet that details ALL the things being done. The newest data is showing that schools are not the major spreaders of covid like first thought. There are enough students and staff back in other local districts that are doing so in a safe and secure manner.  

  All PASS members are expected to return to the buildings when the students return. If you have any questions about your return date or times expected to work during the day please reach out to your administrator. 

IEA (Illinois Education Association) Membership  

  PASS has worked tirelessly during this time to make sure that all PASS employees have been able to maintain their jobs and benefits during the pandemic.  

  For our dues paying members, IEA membership cards have been delivered to your mailbox in your respective buildings. If you did not receive a card, please reach out to Stephanie Jerabek, Membership Chair at sjerabek@psd202.org. These cards have your IEA member number and can be used on the IEA and NEA websites to create an account where you can access union information and discounts exclusive to dues paying members. Information can be found at: https://ieanea.org/ 

  If you are not a dues paying member and would like more information about joining the union you can also reach out to Stephanie Jerabek, Membership Chair, or any other member of the PASS Executive Board.


PASS Executive Board 

JoAnne Clemans, President 



Special Education Paraprofessional, Plainfield Academy/Plainfield Central High School 

Bill Favero, 1st Vice President, Region 61 IEA Representative 



Operations and Maintenance, Plainfield Central High School 

Troy Vacherlon, 2nd Vice President 



Operations and Maintenance, OMT Building 

Jen Peil, Secretary 



Special Education Paraprofessional, Bonne McBeth Learning Center 

Juanita Samms, Treasurer, Region 61 IEA Representative 



Special Education Paraprofessional, Bonnie McBeth, Freedom Elementary School 

Stephanie Jerabek, Membership Chair 



Assistant Principal Secretary, Charles Reed Elementary 

Office Staff – Secretaries/Clerks/Registrars/Bookkeepers/Nurses 

  On January 25th, once students return to school, all office staff, Secretaries, Clerks, Media Clerks and Nurses will be expected to return to work full time in the building for the entire day. With that being said, the office staff and Nurses may work from home on Wednesdays (it can be on a rotation with all office staff), however we need the offices staffed each day Monday through Friday. Please work with your administrator to work out a schedule for your office. 


  As discussed previously when we had students return to school in November, when there is a nurse absent from a building that leaves that building with no nurse, we will first utilize our permanent subs and outside subs to fill the position. If there are no subs available, we will then go to our high school RNs, BSN-RNs, and our certified nurses in the district to fill any open position. Anytime you are asked to go to another building for the day, please know that you will not be asked to work longer than your contracted hours for the day.  

Special Education Paraprofessionals/Paraprofessionals

  Paraprofessionals in all programs are expected to return when the students they service return to school. If you work in a multi needs room and any of the students from your class return you are expected to be back in the building on 1/25/21. While some of our students will remain remote learners, staff are expected to be in the buildings Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. There MAY be opportunities to work remotely from home, however this will be determined on a case by case basis based on needs of the program and the employees working in the program. The district is in the process of determining staffing. Please plan on returning to the building when your students are expected to return. If you do not know when this is, please reach out to your building administrator for more information. There also may be the possibility of finishing your work day from home if you are able to do the functions of your job remotely.  

Campus Monitor/Lunchroom Supervisor 

   A big THANK YOU to our Campus Monitors and Lunchroom Supervisors who have remained on the job in the buildings during this unprecedented time. You have stepped up to do all the odd tasks that have been asked of you. It has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated! 

Custodial Staff 

  With all Staff and Students coming back next week, we need to make sure we are prepared. All custodians are required to wear a N95 or Kn95 mask, safety glasses or face shield and gloves anytime cleaning is being done. Once staff and students return, continue to spray touch points throughout the building, once during late morning and again early afternoon. Restrooms should continue to be disinfected each hour. When working as a team we can ensure that all buildings are safe for all staff and students. Each and every one of you play a huge part in this process. We truly appreciate all your efforts!  


   Thank you to all the maintenance and grounds guys who have continued to maintain our buildings in the absence of staff and students and have made modifications to our air handling/exchange for our safety. Our buildings wouldn’t survive without you! 

Zoom Room 

  Zoom Rooms are still in the process of being figured out for any building that has the need for this benefit.  The room will be open 15 minutes before school starts until the students who are in attendance that day for in person learning are dismissed for the day. All staff have the ability to bring their children to the Zoom Room for the four days a week that students are in school. If your work hours run later than that you may have your child remain at work with you. You would need to work with your administration to come up with a place for them to be in the building that does not interrupt your work. 

JoAnne Clemans

President, PASS

Special Ed. Paraprofessional

Plainfield Academy

23930 W. Lockport St.

Plainfield, IL 60544


Staff Handbook Updated

Good afternoon.  Understandably, staff have a lot of questions about returning to in-person.  Below are links to the updated handbooks for staff and parents and a link to the self-certification procedure.  Tom Hernandez will be doing a Connect Ed to inform families and staff, however, I thought it would be helpful for you to have this now in case you have any additional questions.  Remember, staff information is on the Intranet. Parent information is on the District Website.  

District 202 COVID 19 Staff Handbook (updated January 13, 2021)
District 202 COVID-19 Parent Handbook (updated 01-13-21)
Student Self-Certification Procedure: Procedure for symptom checking prior to reporting to school 
Have a great day!  
Mina Griffith
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Plainfield CCSD 202
Wash hands often, Practice social distancing, Wear a mask, Stay home if you are sick, Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes


W 2’s Now Available

Your W2 is now available to view/print in the employee portal.  Go to Employee Portal, enter your login and password.  Place your cursor over “Pay/Tax Information”, a drop-down box will appear.  Click on “Employee W2 and 1095c”.  This will bring you to a new page, you will need to enter your last four digits of your SSN, click on the blue highlighted area: “Click here for your W2 wages and tax statement”.  Once downloaded, a box will appear at the bottom of your screen.  You can save the form to a file or open and print. 
If you have chosen your W2 form to be mailed, you should expect to receive it before 1/31/2021.
If you have any questions, please e-mail

PLEASE READ:  Important info about your W2/1095-C forms

  1. 1095-C forms are not ready.  The Benefits team will inform you when they are ready.  The IRS deadline for 1095-C forms is March 2nd, 2021.
  1. Your W2 reflects your TAXABLE INCOME, not your salaryTAXABLE INCOME is equal to your Gross pay – Medical, Dental, Flexible Spending, TRS/IMRF, 403b/457 (not Roth), Group Term Life employee deductions.  If you have any of these deductions on your check, your W2 will show the reduced amount.
  1. Your W2 reflects income beginning in January and ending in December of one year.  Our School year reflects salary statements beginning July and ending in June.  This means that your W2 is reflecting income from half of one school year, and half of another school year. 

If you are having trouble opening your W2 from a home computer, try switching the browser.

1-15 Update

With the announcement of the return to school for staff and students of the district, please remember that information is continually changing and what is put out today is the most up to date information, as of this writing. With the uncertainty of positivity levels, potential cases of covid in the community and in the buildings, things are likely to change, and usually at a moments notice. Please have some patience and grace with those who are trying their best to make this as smooth of a transition as possible. We know that everyone will not agree. Whether you are on the side of getting back to school or the side of keeping everyone remote please keep your correspondence with PASS and our district civil as we move forward
Below please find a link for the power point of Dr. Abrell’s announcement of a return to school plan. 

https://www.psd202.org/documents/1610421843.pdf (if this link is not working, please copy and paste)

Here is what we know for PASS employees 
Students will return in waves. 

Working remote will not be an OPTION once students return. FMLA is an option for those who have a medical condition that falls under FMLA law. COVID will be an FMLA reason if you yourself have covid and have to quarantine, or if you have to take care of a family member who has covid. This is not the same as caring for someone who falls into the high risk category and is at risk for getting covid, which does not have an option under FMLA. If you have a medical condition which prevents you from working in the building, please reach out to Becky Sipes. 

There is no longer a provision for FMLA for child care. This expired on 12/31/20 when our federal government chose not to extend the FFCRA. 

Zoom Room 

The district is exploring the possibility of a Zoom Room for children of employees that attend school in District 202. This would allow the staff from each building a benefit of bringing their child to work with them. Administration at each of the buildings will be reaching out an assessing the need at each location. Some preliminary guidelines are: 
Who can bring their child to work with them: 

  1. Any staff member from your building, whose child is enrolled in a PSD 202 school. 
  2. They will bring their child only on the two days a week, their child is doing remote learning.  There is no zoom room on Wednesday.  It might be four days a week, depending when their child’s grade level is back in the building.  Ex. If I teach 6th grade and I have a 5th grade child, I would have to bring my child 4 days a week, until the 5th graders go back to the building. 


  1. Has to attend a PSD 202 school 
  2. Has to be a school aged, independent, self-sufficient learner, up to 8th grade. 
  3. A school aged self-sufficient learner, is one who can work independently work on their remote learning. 

Staff will return as the students they directly service return to school. If you service multi needs students, you would be the first group to return on January 25th. While the students may be on a SIP day/hybrid schedule (2 days in person, 3 days remote), staff will be in the buildings Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesday is a remote learning day for everyone. Employees may work at home on Wednesday if their job duties allow. As it is a shortened day in person for the students, they may still be remote the other portion of the day. There may be some flexibility for afternoon hours. You should be receiving information directly from the administration in your building outlining what day and what times you are expected to be back in the building. 
The district had allowed those that were able to work from home without using the FFCRA leave since all of our students were remote (through 1/15). Now that students are scheduled to return employees are expected to return also. We do know that there will be quite a few students who will still be remote. We have preliminarily discussed this with the district and will continue to work together to figure out staffing for this. If accommodations are made, they will be on a case by case basis. 
Office Staff – Secretaries/Clerks/Registrars/Bookkeepers/Nurses 

On January 25th, once students return to school, all office staff, Secretaries, Clerks, Media Clerks and Nurses will be expected to return to work full time in the building for the entire day.
The district has been in contact with the Will County Health Department in order to assess how many employees would potentially want to receive the vaccine when able. School staff 
(includes all employees, not just teachers) would be eligible to receive the vaccine when they are ready to distribute to Category 1b. There are no further details as to dates and times for distribution. Please keep checking your district email for more information to come. 

Employee Handbook
Thomas HernandezThu 1/14/2021 9:37 AMTo: 

  •  District 202 Employees

We have updated the Covid-19 Handbook for staff that is posted on the front page of the District 202 Intranet. Please take a minute to review the highlighted updates for the most current info and details as it applies to us and our work.

District 202 COVID 19 Staff Handbook (updated January 13, 2021)
(if this link is not working please copy and paste)
Tom Hernandez
Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202
Director of Community Relations
FOIA Officer
(815) 577-4008 (desk)
(815) 514-5409 (cell)


As always, I preface my emails by stating that things are constantly changing and this is the information we have as I send it out. It can, and does, always change. 
JoAnne Clemans
President, PASS
Special Ed. Paraprofessional
Plainfield Academy
23930 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544