July 3rd Update

🎆🇺🇸Happy 4th of July!🇺🇸🎆


For those of you who have been wondering how decisions are being made about the return to school, we would like you to know that the PASS Executive Board have worked many, many hours since March 16th to make sure PASS was being considered throughout the shutdown and throughout the decision-making process. Currently, the PASS Executive Board and our volunteer category committee members have stepped up to make sure that PASS has a say in how school reopens and how our jobs are essential to the running of the school district. Our union leaders have been in weekly or more contact with district administration, attending Zoom and/or phone meetings, answering and sending countless emails, and working on decision making for ALL PASS employees. These meetings are voluntary and we are so very appreciative to those who have stepped up to be involved in this very important work. We will be sharing more information as we help make decisions with the district about this coming year.


If you are not currently a dues-paying member of PASS, we would like to invite you to join us by requesting a membership form and becoming a full member of PASS. If you have any questions about membership, please email me @ jlclemanspass202@gmail.com, Juanita Samms @ jsammspass202@gmail.com or Stephanie Jerabek @ sjerabekpass@gmail.com.


District Survey

We would like to encourage all PASS members to fill out the survey that was sent out by the district on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  This survey is important so that the district can gauge the feelings of all employees on the return to work in the fall. This information will be used to get a better understanding of staffing for each building and employee’s comfort with returning to school and tasks that may be asked of each of us. If you do have an underlying condition, please reach out to Rebecca Sipes so you can be guided on any new laws surrounding COVID and FMLA. 

Please also list any concerns in the last question of the survey. The more we ask the better, so that the district can get a feel where everyone is at this point.


If you have any other questions regarding this survey, please feel free to reach out to any of the PASS Executive Board and we will get an answer for you as quickly as possible.


Below is a copy of the district’s email (with the corrected link). 

Dear District 202 Staff,

We hope this note finds you well, and that you have a good Fourth of July weekend.

Please complete the important survey below about returning to work. This survey will be used strictly to help the Administration and Personnel Department make appropriate work-related plans.  The information will be as confidential as possible and not shared outside the A&P department.


The survey will close on Friday July 10th.

For your general information, we are considering several models for the start of the 20-21 school year: 

  • Full return with health safety restrictions based on ISBE, IDPH, and the CDC
  • Blended Learning with health safety restrictions:  Half the students stay home on remote learning while the other half attend school in person
  • Full Remote Learning
  • Blended learning with partial daily student attendance and partial remote learning

The district will follow Illinois State Board of Education and Department of Public Health guidance.  For more information about this, please go to the ISBE website at: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/covid19.aspx

Take the survey at:



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

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. We have asked some of our committee leaders to review this document and we will be having a Zoom meeting to discuss on Wednesday, July 8th.




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 

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


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. 

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.

You can email JoAnne Clemans (jclemans@psd202.org or jlclemanspass202@gmail.com) or Bill Favero (wfavero@psd202.org or pass2022017@gmail.com
JoAnne Clemans

President, PASS

Special Ed. Paraprofessional

Plainfield Academy

23930 W. Lockport St.

Plainfield, IL 60544