4/11 Update

 We hope everyone is healthy and safe in week three of the mandated school closure. Please know that PASS has been working closely with the district administration on a weekly basis to coordinate essential tasks and the safest way to get work done. Below is the latest info about the school closure. 
     As you know we have had some members doing “essential” work since schools closed. They are; Grounds to do building checks, Custodians in each high school to clean after Aramark finishes making the free lunches for distribution, and Maintenance on call to fix problems found during that time. Last week Principal Secretaries and Bookkeepers were asked to work from home to do the financial reconciliations that are due. BSN-RN Nurses for Medical Review also started doing “essential” work last week with the start of remote learning. 
     Starting this coming week, Maintenance and Grounds will be at the buildings doing “essential” work to maintain the buildings and Head Custodians at all the schools will be asked to come in on a reduced schedule to do complete building checks. Also this coming week, Special Education and Early Childhood Secretaries at all the High Schools, Plainfield Academy, and Bonnie McBeth Learning Center will begin doing necessary work from home. In the coming weeks other categories may be asked to begin doing “essential” work too in preparation for the “possible” return to school. At this time we do know that all Custodians will be returning the week of April 27th on reduced schedules to do work that is deemed “essential”.
    As of today, no other categories have been asked to begin to do “essential” jobs. When we get more information we will continue to share it with everyone.
      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.
     If any of the above categories have any questions about this please contact JoAnne Clemans or Bill Favero and we can share with you the information for your group, if you have not seen it in your district email yet. 

JoAnne Clemans

President, PASS
Paraprofessional
Plainfield Academy
23930 W. Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815)439-5521 wk
(815)210-6349 cell

Benefit Department Coordinator Info

   See below for information from our District Benefit Coordinators:

Coping with the Coronavirus Outbreak

The constant media and health organization alerts about the spread of the Novel Coronavirus have naturally caused great concern as the risk of infection has spread. People are becoming worried about the impact this situation may have on them, their families, their friends and their country. Fear that precautions to prevent the further spread of the virus might fail, are beginning to surface in the media and in our thoughts. 

The first step to coping with stress and uncertainty is to understand the psychological impact it is having on us, on our children, and the people around us. 

What to expect

People will deal with uncertainty in different ways. People differ in how they give meaning to events or the extent to which they expect it to influence life. Additionally, people differ in how they express emotion and feel accountable and responsible to family and friends. Despite these individual differences, it is common human experience to be impacted by threats to health and safety. 

Below are some normal reactions to stressful circumstances:

  • Overwhelmed / shocked
  • Frightened
  • Anxious
  • Distressed
  • Worried
  • Confused
  • Helpless and powerless

All these reactions may express themselves in different ways, including:

  • Anxiety in the presence of unknown persons
  • Difficulty concentrating, attending to tasks
  • Uncharacteristic changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Unusual irritation, agitation, heightened sense of alertness and jumpiness
  • Preoccupation with the news
  • Concerns relating to the safety of family members and friends
  • Heightened emotions/increased sadness, irritability and anger
  • A strong desire to be with friends and family
  • A desire to implement strong rules and guidance to navigate the situation

While we have no control over the Novel Coronavirus Virus epidemic, we do have control over how we manage our own reactions to the situation; these are times when we need to pay attention to how we manage our stress.

As much as possible:

  • Maintain family routines
  • Eat a healthy diet and stay physically active
  • Reach out to people close to you and, where possible, stay connected to family and friends abroad
  • Limit exposure to media. Instead, monitor the situation through government websites for example, the US government websites, the Center for Disease Control, or the World Health Organization
  • Separate factual information from imagined fears
  • Remember that your feelings may vary from day to day and may be different than the feelings and thoughts of those around you
  • Set aside time every day for self-care and positive distraction. Do something that you enjoy and that brings you peace and calm, such a meditation, reading, listening to soothing music, reading to your children, watching a funny movie. 
  • Avoid relying on alcohol or other substances to help you cope
  • Focus your attention on the things over which you have influence and control  

The Benefits of Your EAP 

Sometimes talking to a professional counselor can help you deal with your reactions and maintain perspective. Your EAP is a free and completely confidential service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can reach us anytime by calling 1 877 851 1631 or visiting workhealthlife.com/standard6

April 6th ISBE/IEA Update

Below is the April 6th ISBE/IEA update. Please click on the link to see it. Also if you are wanting daily information the Governor does a daily press conference at 2:30 PM. Please stay safe out there and follow the guidelines from the Governors office and state health office.
April 6, 2020
Good evening,

The daily message from State School Superintendent Carmen Ayala, Ph.D., is posted publicly on the website of the Illinois State Board of Education. It contained the following information, all of which is shareable:

  • *The Remote Learning Recommendations in Spanish, Polish and Arabic;
  • *Many other tips and tools for remote learning as schools transition this week.
Also new on the COVID-19 website for board and presidents is the following and all are shareable with members:
  • *The reasoning behind wearing a cloth face cover and instructions on how to make one;
  • *Information for a webinar tomorrow by NEA on student loans and the CARES Act;
  • *Update from Gov. JB Pritzker’s daily update.​​​​​​​
COVID-19 Update

4/2 Update

Good Afternoon PASS Members,
 
I hope everyone is safe and healthy, during this time of uncertainty.  This email comes to you on behalf of the entire Administration and Personnel Department, Building and Operation Department and PASS Union Leadership.

Since District 202 schools are closed through April 30th, starting the week of April 6th and thereafter, we will be scheduling specific categories of employees to report to work and complete “essential tasks”.  These essential tasks will evolve with time, until we are cleared to report back to work.  For example, next week it may only be the HS Head custodians cleaning the areas where food is being made for our students, or a grounds workers may be doing building checks.  In addition, next week  the building secretaries and bookkeepers will be  doing “essential work” related to their job.  

It is imperative you are checking your email daily.  Communication will be given through email, regarding tasks that need to be complete on a weekly basis.  

We will give as much advance notice, as we can, but is a very fluid and ever changing situation.  The ideal option is to do any of the work remotely from home.  If the “essential work” cannot be done remotely from home and you have to report to the building, we will be following CDC guidelines.  This means we will make sure the working environment is not more than 10 people, with 6 feet of separation between each person.   
 
Please understand we are in this together and these uncertain times are very stressful on all of us.  Please be assured compensation is being paid in full, benefits will continue and seniority will continue to accrue during this state mandated shutdown, with no overtime or time and a half, unless approved. As things evolve going forward and more employees are called in to do “essential” work, this may change due to FMLA status if someone is sick, or needs to care for someone who is sick and will be on a case by case basis. We will be following the state rules for COVID-19 sick leave. 

Take care

Jen 
 
Jennifer Orlos
Plainfield School District 202
Director of Administration and Personnel
815-577-4061

3/28 Update

Correction

Update 3/28/2020

The only PASS people who will be working next week are the Grounds employees who are doing building checks and the Custodians who are covering the kitchens at the four high schools, as grab and go lunches will still be served through the shutdown.

I apologize for any confusion!

Stay safe and healthy!
 

JoAnne Clemans

President, PASS

Special Ed. Paraprofessional

Plainfield Academy

23930 W. Lockport St.

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)439-5521