5/29 Update

***New information is highlighted in green.***

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the changes in everyone’s work world. We hope everyone continues to stay healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Please know that PASS is still working closely with the district administration on a weekly basis to coordinate essential tasks and the safest way to get work done. 

 

All PASS members will continue to be paid their normal pay and keep their benefits through their normal pay period for the 2019-2020 school year. Some people are paid July 1 through June 30, and some are paid August 20something through the following August 20something or some variation. Everyone will continue getting paid as if we worked the whole school year and are coming back in the fall. Unless someone retires, resigns, or goes on FMLA when they are required to come back. 

 

***UNEMPLOYEMENT BENEFITS***

9-month employees Parapro, Lunchroom Supervisor, Campus Monitor etc.) All employees have a right to apply for unemployment.  IDES will make the conclusion if you are eligible or not.  Typically, employees are not eligible during a “natural break” per your work calendar (Ex: summer break, winter break, spring break).

 

The Governor’s has mandated that everyone wear a mask while in a building where it’s not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance. While the buildings do have some masks, we are asking employees who have to come into a building to do work, to provide their own masks if possible. Please be assured that all members in the categories returning to the buildings will be following the guidelines from the Governor’s Office and the IDPH. 

 

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Dr. Glenn Wood gave a short presentation at the May 26th Board of Education Meeting. Per the Illinois State Board of Education, he gave three scenarios in which the school year may start in the fall. At this point we do not have any definitive answers on how this will look.

Meanwhile, District 202 administrators are fleshing out plans for three re-opening scenarios:

· Opening as usual with appropriate social distancing, facemasks, and other health safeguards and facility modifications.

· Opening schools with a limited number of students and staff in buildings and potentially using split schedules, alternating day schedules or some combination or hybrid.

· Keeping schools closed and returning to total Remote Learning or distance learning.

The district’s eventual decision will depend on state guidelines, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lane Abrell.

“We will do everything we can to continue teaching, learning and working in a safe environment based on the rules the state gives us,” he said. “Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our students and staff.”

The district is keeping up with all directives from the Governor’s office. As you are aware, guidance from the state changes on a week to week, or even day to day basis. Please be assured we are continuing to work with the district for PASS. As the stay at home and/or the reopening tier system is implemented, we will be able to help make better decisions on how the fall might look.

 

***New Information This Week***

12 month Employees – Category A, B, C, D

We are going to continue having 11 and 12 month employees do only “essential work” at school.  The secretaries/registrars/bookkeepers need to continue to work with their building administration on tasks that need to be completed.  Together decide if the tasks can be completed at home. If so, continue working at home, if not, then schedule a time to come to the building to complete the work.  How we have operated in the month of May, we will continue to operate at the start of June.

COVID-19

Staff members who are diagnosed with Coronavirus should not report to work and should follow the direction of their physician.

Staff members who are diagnosed must contact Becky Sipes at RSipes@psd202.org or (815)577- 4090 

In the case of a building having an employee who tests positive for COVID-19, the building will be closed for a number of days from the last day the infected person was in the building. Those working in the building will be paid for the duration of the closure with no deduction of sick/personal/vacation days. After the determined days, the building will be opened for employees to return to work.

 

You will receive an email through district email containing either a direct contact or indirect contact letter from your principal or supervisor letting you know there was a positive case in your building. For more detailed information, please see our email from May 22, 2020.

 

The district sent out an email outlining the COVID-19 Screening Checklist. Please follow the checklist each day before coming to work. If you are feeling ill, please stay home. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in your building, the following procedure will be followed by the district.

COVID-19 Self Screening Checklist

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, all District 202 staff will be required to complete a COVID-19 self- screening checklist prior to entering any District 202 building. The list does not need to be submitted to anyone; it should be used as guidance for all employees to determine if they should report to work. Please make sure to review the checklist every day before entering any District building.

The COVID-19 screening checklist will be sent to all staff. It can also be found on the Intranet under Employee News > COVID-19 Information for District 202 Staff.

For more information about Community-Related Exposure to COVID-19, please go to the CDC website at

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html  

Custodians, Maintenance, and Grounds

The summer work schedule has been put out by the district. Starting June 1, everyone in categories M, N, O, P, Q, R, and T will transition to four-day work weeks. 

 

As we start our deep cleaning of the school buildings for the summer, we want to remind you all of you the importance to adhere to safe practices while in the buildings. In order to ensure the safety and health of all, the following procedures, recommended by the CDC, must be strictly adhered to. 

 

They are as follows: 

  • PPE is to be used. This includes gloves and masks 
  • A safe distance of no closer than six (6) feet must be maintained between all personnel 
  • Only Two people are to be in a classroom, restroom, or any other area at one time. The only exception to this is wide open areas such as hallways, gymnasiums, and offices, where proper separation can be maintained 
  • During any breaks, including lunch, you are not to congregate in one area together. You will need to be properly separated with a minimum of six (6) feet between each other, with no more than 2 people per table. 
  • If you feel ill or have a fever, do not report to work, and make sure to notify your supervisor immediately.  
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes 
  • Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently especially before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and when changing gloves 
  • Refrain from touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth as this is the way that the virus is transmitted.

    By adhering to these guidelines, we can help assure that all of us will remain safe and healthy. 

 

Please let us know the questions you have and continue to keep us in the loop of your thoughts as this is the best way for us to address items with the district.

 

If you have any questions, please email JoAnne Clemans (jclemans@psd202.orgjlclemanspass202@gmail.com) or Bill Favero (wfavero@psd202.orgpass2022017@gmail.com)

 

 

JoAnne Clemans

President, PASS

Special Ed. Paraprofessional

Plainfield Academy

23930 W. Lockport St.

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)439-5521