***New information is highlighted by astericks.***
We hope everyone continues to stay healthy and safe. In these tumultuous times, we stand together and appreciate all of our PASS employees. The district administration has noticed PASS’s ability to be flexible during this time and appreciates the willingness to of everyone to do what needs to be done. Please know that PASS continues working closely with the district administration on a weekly basis to discuss issues and collaboratively work together to move forward to provide the best possible education to our students. While some of you may not be directly involved in the teaching of our students, please know that it takes all of us to have a positive place for our students to come to. Without you, our district would not run as smoothly as it does.
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 20 something through the following August 20 something 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.
***New Information This Week Below***
High school athletes will begin conditioning camps the week of June 22nd, Monday-Thursday. These camps will be outside only and may be utilizing weights or other small equipment from the school. It will be the job of the coaches to clean and sanitize any equipment used.
During the next phase, IDPH has said up to 50 athletes may condition together. This may involve the workout rooms which will have to be cleaned nightly. We will have further discussions on what this might look like for our custodians as the changes are implemented.
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.
Please see previous emails for more information.
***2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR***
***On June 22nd, PASS leadership met via Zoom with APT and district administration for a first conversation regarding the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal, as always, is to advocate for PASS. This meeting consisted of leaders from APT, PASS Executive Board Members, PASS category leaders, Mina Griffith, Asst. Superintendent for Student Services and Jennifer Orlos, Asst. Superintendent for Administration and Personnel.
During this meeting we discussed aspects of duties for our paraprofessionals, lunchroom supervisors, campus monitors, secretaries, and custodial staff. Some of the topics discussed included temperature checking of students before entering a building, lunchroom supervision in classrooms, toileting, assisting students with eating, and how to involve paraprofessionals in remote learning (create videos, take data, training for Google, Zoom, Castify). Also discussed was enhanced cleaning in the event of potential positive COVID case in a building.
No concrete decisions were made as this was the first of what we anticipate to be many meetings to come up with a good plan for returning to work in whatever capacity in the fall.
Below please find a link to ISBE/IDPH document “Starting the 2020-2021 School Year”. These are the guidelines the state has put out for school to return in the fall. Districts are able to be flexible to determine the best way to open the schools in the fall.
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
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 transitioned to four-daywork weeks.
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. If this is not possible, a mask must be worn.
- 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.