9/4 Update

Well, we survived the first week of e-learning! Things are looking very different in our buildings this year with some staff working from home. I hope that there were many successes in your classrooms, media centers, offices and hallways. I am sure there were “technical issues” that still need to be ironed out and we will continue to work together to address issues as we become aware of them. Please let us know if you have any concerns and we will do our best to help you fix the situation. 
 

***VERY IMPORTANT*** 
 
It is VERY IMPORTANT that everyone is checking their email at least once a day. Email is the way the district will communicate with you regarding any COVID exposure, either direct or indirect. This is also where you will find the most up to date information from PASS. If you know of co-workers who do not check their email, please encourage them to do so. If someone does not remember their user name (it is usually your first initial and first 7 letters of your last name) or their password, this can be reset by informing one of the secretaries in your building. The secretary can then contact the tech department for a reset. Again, it is VERY IMPORTANT that everyone is checking their email daily. 
 
Coming Soon! 
 
Soon there will be a new way to self-certify each day when you come into a district building to work. The district has been working on a universal QR code that you can scan with your smart phone to self-certify. If you do not have a smart phone, there will be a website you can go to on any computer to self-certify. This should be up in the next couple of weeks.  
 

Disinfectant in Classroom/Common Area 
 
Each classroom is being given a bottle of spray disinfectant to be used throughout the day and prior to leaving. This product needs to sit on the surface being disinfected for 5 minutes. Please spray the desk area and chair where you were sitting during the day prior to leaving. DO NOT WIPE. This should be left to air dry. If you need to use the area again, you may wipe any wet areas after 5 minutes. This applies to shared items (phones, staplers, copiers, keyboards, etc.) 
 
Paraprofessionals 
 
I know there has been some confusion about working from home and the ability to take a laptop home. You are allowed to take your computer home as long as you have filled out the user agreement from the district. 
  
As we discussed last week, building admin should meet with each parapro to get a good understanding about how they are doing and how you can assist them.  Please use the questions below as a guide for your discussion.  
  

  1. Did you have any difficulty logging into the Google Classroom for parapros?  
  2. What training(s) have you taken so far? 
  3. Have they reached out to each of their cooperating teacher (or vice versa, did the teacher reach out to them)? 
    1. If the answer to #3 is “No”, what is the plan to make this happen?  (After tomorrow the paraprofessionals are off work, until the 31st of Aug.) 
  4. Do they have a plan and understand their role the week of Aug. 31st.  
    1. Are they ready to execute this plan or are they requesting more training.  
    2. If they need more training, hopefully the point person can assist anyone who has specific questions.  Please be patient with this group, it is all new material for them.  They want to be successful, but some may need a little more help. 
  5. Do they have a lap top, assigned to them.  Yes, they can take it home if they want to.  
    1. Yes, they have the option to work from home, like the attached guidance document outlines.  We have to treat both unions with the same opportunity. 
    2. For those working from home, how are you monitoring their day to day work flow?  Very similar to how are you monitoring the teacher’s work day? 

  
Have a great week! 
  
Mina Griffith 
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services 
Plainfield CCSD 202 
(815)577-4023 

 
Please reach out to your administrator if you feel you need more training on any of the programs you are being asked to use during your work day. If you feel any 0f the above is not happening in your building, please reach out to us and we will work it out. 
 
Additional Training 
 
PASS will be sending out an email gauging interest in additional training on Microsoft Office, which included Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If you are interested in getting training in any of these programs, please be on the lookout for an upcoming survey by email and be sure to send in your response. 
 
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.  
 
 
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 

 
JoAnne Clemans
President, PASS
Special Ed. Paraprofessional
Plainfield Academy
23930 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815)439-5521