8/21 Update

I would like to start off by thanking everyone for their patience and understanding in the first week back of attendance for our 9-month employees. As we are all aware, changes are constantly happening and we try to stay abreast of things as they evolve. To that end, PASS continues to meet at least weekly, and more often than not, daily with district administration to come up with solutions to problems/concerns/questions as they arise. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and collaboration.

Custodians

A huge 
THANK YOU goes out to our custodians who have been working tirelessly to keep our buildings sanitized, disinfected, and safe for all employees. They have finished their summer cleaning and are focusing their efforts on sanitation on a daily basis. With staff returning to the buildings we are disinfecting all touchpoints throughout the building with Oxivir Five (for example and not limited to bathroom, doors, handrails, doorknobs etc.).Our night crews are cleaning all classrooms that have been occupied during the day and using an electrostatic sprayer with COVID approved disinfectant after staff has left for the day.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CUSTODIANS: Last week, the IDPH guidelines regarding PPE for custodians was updated. As of August 24, all custodians will be required to wear the KN95 mask, safety glasses or face shield (even if you wear prescription glasses), and gloves when completing any cleaning throughout the building. Custodians should be receiving KN95 masks and face shields by the end of the week. Each KN95 mask can be worn for a week. A new KN95 mask will need to be used at the beginning of each week.

Paraprofessionals
 
The first few days of Parapro attendance were interesting to say the least! Parapros were to sign out a laptop and then were to complete several trainings on Google Classroom, Zoom, Screencastify, and/or others programs to prepare for student remote attendance. There were some hiccups in some buildings, and successes in most. I liken this school year to everyone starting a new job all at the same time. We have an idea of what it will be, but we are all learning new skills together. Please be patient with each other and know that there will be different levels of skills on all of these programs. If we can utilize the knowledge of our co-workers and strive to work together, it will all work out, eventually.
 
I know there has been some confusion about working from home and the ability to take a laptop home. The expectation was that parapros were working in the buildings the week of August 17th. There was to have been a point person there to make sure the paras knew how to upload their computers, begin the training and be available to ask questions or troubleshoot issues. The training for Google Classroom, Zoom, and others was to be done over the course of the week, or longer if someone needed the time. There would be no way anyone would be able to do all the training in one day and say they are comfortable doing all of it. If so, I would ask that you re-do the training with another window open or a second computer to actually do the lesson together with the presenter. We are trying to put together a live training similar to the video, so that people can do it together and be able to ask questions. We may also have a live training on Google 101, Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint. More info on this to come. 
 
There should also have been some time Wednesday or Thursday to collaborate with the teacher you are assigned. If this did not happen, please reach out to that teacher via email to set up some collaboration time. It is expected that your teacher will collaborate with you to determine how you can best support students in their classroom. If you are having difficulty reaching your assigned teacher, please reach out to your administration immediately. We do expect paras to be in the building on the 31st.
 
You are allowed to take your computer home as long as you have filled out the user agreement from the district.
 
As stated above, PASS members are asked to work with their administrator in their building to determine if there is a flexible plan for working, whether it be in the building or remotely from home. If, after working with your administrator, you cannot come up with a flexible plan that enables you to do the essential function of your job, you will be asked to contact Rebecca Sipes to guide you through the process.  

Work Calendar/Work Statements
The amended school calendar was approved at the August 17thBoard of Ed meeting. It does include August 24ththrough August 28thas a non-work week for some categories. Because students are not starting until August 31st, we will be utilizing the 5 emergency days at the end of the year to make up for the late start. This will put the last day of school on June 4th.

*Please see your work calendar on the district portal or intranet for your start date.

Angela Van
Wed 8/19/2020 3:49 PM
To: District 202 Employees
The employee work calendars have been amended and can be viewed on the Employee Portal and the Intranet.

Please note that all calendars are updated.

Key Changes:

  • Next week is a non-work week for most staff but not all.   PLEASE REVIEW YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS INFORMATION.

 

  • November 3, Election Day, is a non-work day for all staff.

 

  • The end of the school year has been moved to June 4.


Logon for Employee Portal from District Website:
Staff/Employee Portal/Self Service/Work Calendars
 
Logon to Employee Intranet from District Website:
Staff/Employee Intranet/FormsDownloads/Work Calendars
 

Angie Van
Coordinator for Administration & Personnel
 

Pay Period
Today, August 21stis the first pay period of the 2020-2021 school year for our 9-month employees. Also, if you are a dues paying member of PASS, dues will begin being deducted from your check on October 2nd.
Dues are as follows:

DEDUCTION
FULL-TIME $24.08 All full-time employees.
THREE QUARTER $20.67 Employees working 6 hours a day.
PART-TIME $14.38 Employees working 2½ or more a day but less than 6.
QUARTER-TIME $9.47 Employees working less than 2 ½ hours a day.

 
If you have any concerns or questions about your paycheck please contact payroll@psd202.org.

FMLA/FFCRA Leave
It is highly encouraged that PASS employees are working in their respective buildings.

*If you have a medical condition with doctor verification that prevents you from working in a building, please reach out to Becky Sipes. I would also appreciate it if you would let me know as I can then reach out to Ann Bachman-McIntosh, our IEA Uniserv Director, and we can potentially come up with an ADA plan to make accommodations for you. You also may be able to take FMLA or unpaid leave. The district will work with individuals on a case by case basis.
 
*If you have child care issues and your child’s school is closed to in-person learning, also reach out to Becky Sipes. 

Safety Committee
The next meeting of the Safety Committee was held Monday, August 24th.

YMCA Program
 
The YMCA will be in our four high schools beginning August 31stfor daycare for our staff and community families. This will be a self-contained program and will be confined to one area of the building. There should be no interaction with PSD staff. They have their own protocols for any student enrolled in the program. 
 
Per their flyer:
“all Kid Zone PLUS participants and staff will be required to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines, including: 
• Daily health screenings and temperature checks 
• Mask requirements 
• Frequent handwashing
The Y will also ensure high-touch areas are sanitized hourly.
 
 
Together with the district administration, we will continue to work collaboratively with all levels in the district. 
 
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to either me at jlclemanspass202@gmail.com or Bill Favero at pass2022017@gmail.com