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In order to increase security to Jordan School District computer systems, password requirements for both Active Directory (the account used to log in to Windows and Mac computers) and Google accounts will be updated. You may be required to change these passwords to meet the new requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the Information Systems help desk at 801-567-8737.


As a reminder, Information Systems will NEVER ask you for your password over the phone or via email. If you receive a phone call or email asking you to provide your login information, it is most likely a phishing scam and should be reported.

Phishing is the practice of sending emails or phone calls purporting to be a trusted source in order to trick victims into revealing sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, etc. In general, you should never respond to emails or phone calls seeking this type of information. Don’t click on anything in an unsolicited email or text message. If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt look up the company’s phone number on your own (don’t use the one a potential scammer is providing), and call the company to ask if the request is legitimate. If you receive a suspected phishing email through the district’s email system report it to Information Systems. For more information visit www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/spoofing-and-phishing or www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams#protect

For information regarding legal liability protection for school district employees, please review the following:


Legal Liability Protection for School District Employees

Your School District and its employees are covered for liability by: The Utah State Risk Management Fund. (Hereafter the Fund) Lawsuits are defended by: The Litigation Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

YOUR UTAH STATE RISK MANAGEMENT FUND COVERAGE RIGHTS
If a civil claim or a civil lawsuit for damages is brought against you for acts or omissions occurring:

  1. During the performance of your duties;
  2. Within the scope of your employment; or
  3. Under color of authority, then, under the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah you may have the right:
    • To have any lawsuit defended by an attorney at no cost to you;
    • To have any claim settlement paid on your behalf; and
    • To have any judgment entered against you paid for you.

SECURING COVERAGE
To secure these rights you must:

  • Immediately notify the School District of any claim or lawsuit;
  • Immediately forward to the School District all legal documents served on you;
  • Make a written request to the School District for defense and indemnification within ten days of the service of a lawsuit; and
  • Cooperate in the subsequent investigation and defense, including making an offer of judgment if requested.

WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
Your rights to defense and payment of claims or judgments do not cover acts or omissions involving:

  • Fraud;
  • Willful misconduct;
  • Impairment due to your use of alcohol or drugs; or
  • False testimony under oath.

Criminal Defense Protection
As a School District employee if: Criminal charges are filed against you for acts or omissions occurring:

  1. During the performance of your duties;
  2. Within the scope of your employment; or
  3. Under color of authority, then under the terms of Utah Code 52-6 you have the right to recover from your employing School District reasonable attorneys fees and court costs, if the indictment or information is quashed, dismissed or results in an acquittal, unless it is quashed or dismissed on motion of the prosecuting attorney. The Fund does NOT provide an attorney nor pay for attorneys fees incurred in defending a criminal case, nor does it cover or pay for any fines, fees, or any other costs assessed in a criminal case.

Additional Insurance Options

Civil Liability Coverages Civil coverage not provided by Governmental Immunity Act Fund Criminal Defense Coverages
State Risk Fund Coverage for employees of School Districts under the Governmental Immunity Act is generally consistent with the Utah Governmental Immunity Act damage caps. The Fund may cover School Districts’ obligations to their employees up to $10 million per occurrence. Coverage is primary and pays before other coverages. Punitive damages are not covered. Liability for district vehicle usage by employees is covered by the fund. N/A No criminal defense coverage.
UEA Coverage limits are $1 million per occurrence in damages awarded, $3 million per occurrence aggregate, except civil rights; $300,000, per occurrence for civil right claims inclusive of defense costs.

Coverage is excess of any statutory protection, such as your Governmental Immunity Act coverage with the Fund.

Bail bond premiums, up to $1,000 per bond covered; Personal property damage caused by assault up to $500 covered; $35,000 per school related criminal proceeding if exonerated from all charges, if charges are withdrawn or dismissed or if case is the result of corporal punishment. Coverage is excess of any statutory protection, such as UCA 52-6.
AFT Coverage limits are $1 million per member and $2 million aggregate, except $250,000 per member per year for denial of constitutional rights. Coverage is excess of any statutory protection, such as your Governmental Immunity Act coverage with the Fund. Bond premium available if required for the defense of a suit; Personal property damage caused by assault up to $250 covered; $10,000 assault death benefit covered; $5,000 defense costs in licensure or credential hearing covered. $35,000 per member per year for school related criminal charges if completely exonerated or if case results from corporal punishment. Coverage is excess of any statutory protection, such as UCA 52-6.
AAE Coverage limits are $2 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate and all legal fees are covered, except sexual harassment or abuse. Bail bond premiums, up to $1,000 per bond covered. Legal consultation for workplace employment issues. $10,000 per member per claim in legal coverage for corporal punishment. Coverage is excess of any statutory protection, such as UCA 52-6.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 801-567-8150.

Jordan School District Employees are responsible for knowing and adhering to all District policies and procedures. The annual crucial policy review is available to District employees in Skyward through "Online Forms."   As a condition of continued employment, all employees, with the exception of minor students, are required to complete the crucial policy review by November 1, 2021.

Employees may access this policy review via their Employee Access in Skyward. If you need assistance in accessing Skyward, please call the help desk at 801-567-USER (8737).

July 2021 Be Well CoverCheck out the July 2021 Be Well newsletter from EMI. Stories include:

  • Sun Safety: Get the Facts - When it comes to protecting yourself from sun damage, do you know fact from fiction? Review the basics from the American Cancer Society and CDC.
  • Food Waste No More - Ready for a shocking statistic? It’s estimated that between 30% to 40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted — that’s more than $240 billion worth of food. About a third of this food waste could be rescued and sent to communities in need. While this problem includes waste at the farm, factory, restaurant and grocery level, there’s also plenty of food wasted in homes across North America. The average family wastes $1,866 worth of food each year.
  • When Adult Kids Move In - Grown children moving in with their parents is no longer unusual. In fact, the number of young adults living with one or more parents has surpassed the number living in multi generational households during the Great Depression, according to Pew Research. There are numerous reasons why adult children return home, including a job loss, apartment woes or a relationship breakup. While the new living situation may be fine for a while, it can disrupt the parents’ home life and cause stress for all family members.
  • Smartphone Tendonitis - Smartphones help make work and personal lives easier in multiple ways, but it can be a pain — literally. Specifically, it can cause smartphone tendonitis: pain in your hand, wrist and thumb. Tendonitis is inflammation of tendons connecting muscles to bones. It’s not an uncommon condition and typically occurs in people who do repetitive activities, such as playing tennis or certain musical instruments. Now daily use of smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices has been added to that list.

To receive the monthly Be Well Newsletter via email and check out back issues, please visit the EMI Hope Health Newsletter page.

If you are a contracted employee and need to take Annual/Personal Leave before or after Labor Day for any reason not listed in policy DP335NEG or DP335B, you must submit a request as follows:

How to Request
During the window, the employee must send the request through email. Please include your name, school, position, and the date you are requesting the leave. Requests left on voicemail or over the phone will NOT be accepted.

The employee will receive an email confirmation within two working days after submitting the request. If the employee does not receive a confirmation email, then Human Resources has NOT received your request and your leave will not be approved.

School Holiday Date of Holiday Window
Labor Day September 6, 2021 July 23 – Aug. 2, 2021

Jordan School District has an immediate opening for a Human Resource Administrator supporting Licensed employees.   Please refer to the details below:

General Function:
The Human Resource Administrator – Licensed is responsible for the recruitment, employment, placement, retention and licensure of licensed personnel and for the management of related personnel services.  Will provide guidance and assistance to administrators and employees regarding employment, recruitment, employee discipline, training, leaves, policy interpretation or other related areas.  Will assist in the development, implementation and direction of programs under the supervision of the administrator.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in human resources, business or an administrative license in education with an interest in human resources.
  • Five years of administrative or leadership experience in human resources, business or education.
  • Knowledge of USBE licensing guidelines preferred.

Position Closes July 2, 2021 or until filled.  Selected applicants will be interviewed.

Jordan School District is offering several paid administrative internship openings for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Selected applicants will be interviewed.
  • Assignments are for 1-year only, with no guarantee of a permanent administrative position.
  • Internal applicants, if selected, will be treated as an employee on a leave of absence for the current school year. Internal applicants chosen as an intern will have the right to return to a comparable licensed position at the end of the internship.
  • Applicants must:
    1. be enrolled in a university administrative/leadership program, OR
    2. Have a current in state or out-of-state administrative license, OR
    3. be in the JSD Administrative Pool.
  • Administrative Interns are paid on a teacher salary schedule – 187-day contract plus 10 additional days. A night stipend will be added according to level.
  • Assignment locations are to be determined.
  • If you are interested in this internship opening, apply today!
  • Frontline Application Tutorial

Planning & Enrollment Calendars PageWe hope you’re enjoying your summer and getting some much needed and deserved rest. In preparation for the 2021-22 school year, we wanted to make you aware of a couple of items.  As you know, Jordan School District will no longer have any year-round schools this fall. As a result, it becomes possible to align calendars at all levels to provide clarity and consistency for families and employees.  In order to accomplish this, elementary schools will be adjusting from a trimester to a quarter calendar. We will continue to have parent teacher conferences twice a year at approximately the end of first and third quarter. An updated 2021-22 calendar is available on the Planning & Enrollment Calendars page. More details will be provided at the beginning of the school year.

Thank you for your dedicated work on behalf of students.

The following are new administrative assignments effective July 1, 2021:

  • Jarom Airhart, administrative intern at Academy Park and Plymouth Elementary in Granite School District, appointed assistant principal at Aspen and Terra Linda Elementary.      
  • Aubri Moench, teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary, appointed assistant principal at Riverton and Jordan Hills Elementary.

July 2021 ARUP FlyerWhile you may be taking a vacation this summer, the NEED for blood donations is not.

Blood Donations have fallen to their lowest point ever this summer. Donating blood takes less than 1 hour and can help save up to 3 lives. An ARUP Blood Services blood donation center is only 20 minutes away.

Your Blood Donation is needed NOW! Please schedule your appointment to donate blood by calling 801-584-5272 or logging onto arupbloodservices.org.

Welcome to the 2021-22 contract year! As an annual reminder, in accordance with DP326 NEG H. 1. and 2. and DP324 NEG H. 1. and 2., participation in the Employee-Funded Sick Leave Bank requires an employee to annually donate one day of accumulated annual leave into the Sick Leave Bank.  The Employee-Funded Sick Leave Bank is not intended to be used for in-and-out absences, elective medical procedures or other medical care that could be scheduled during non-contract time.

Each year, employees wishing to opt out of participation in the sick bank must annually complete the appropriate online form in Employee Access no later than September 1 for current employees and October 1 for first-year licensed employees, including administrators. This opt out request must be submitted annually.

Prior to completion of this form, it is strongly encouraged to review all District Leave Policies.

Skyward Panel Visuals

  1. Log in to your Skyward Employee Access. (If you do not know your login and/or password, contact the Information Systems Help Desk at 801-567-8737.)
  2. Select “Task Manager” under the Jump to Other Dashboards widget.
  3. Under “Task Processes” select “Sick Bank Opt Out.”
  4. Open the Sick Bank Request form, enter information in all required fields and then click the “Save” button.
  5. Click the “Next” button and enter Notes, as appropriate.
  6. Click the “Next” button past Attachments; no attachments are requested.
  7. Click the “Next” button until you reach the final step “Choose Next Task.” Click the “Submit Sick Leave Bank Opt Out” button to submit the Sick Bank Opt Out Request. An email will be sent to your District email account confirming the Sick Bank Opt Out submission.

Sick Bank Opt Out Processing
Please note that the submission needs to be submitted by September 1 (current employees)/October 1 (for first year employees), but there will be a delay in removing the Sick Bank Donation from your time off, which returns your annual leave day to your available leave balances.

Questions regarding Sick Bank should be directed to the HR Generalist at 801-567-8249. If you need additional assistance with the completion or submission of this form, contact the Administrative Assistant at your location or the HR Generalist.

*Education Support Professionals who are considered ‘provisional’ as of July 1 and hourly employees are not eligible for sick bank benefits that year, therefore, a sick bank donation will not be deducted (if applicable).  Please be aware that policies and eligibility requirements for Licensed (DP324 NEG) and Education Support Professionals (DP326 NEG) employees are different.  These and other District policies are available for review at policy.jordandistrict.org.

URS Retirement FlyerURS Individual Retirement Planning Sessions are now available through video conferencing or over the phone.

Meet one-on-one with a URS Retirement Planning Advisor for custom retirement guidance. The format will be identical to in-person sessions previously offered throughout the state.

We can answer questions and provide advice about your retirement benefits such as:

  • Which Tier 2 benefit should I choose?
  • How much should I save?
  • Which retirement savings plans (401(k), 457(b), IRA, Roth IRA) are right for me?
  • Which investments are right for me?
  • How much will my pension pay me in retirement?

Go to www.urs.org/us/counseling for more information about Individual Retirement Planning and how to sign up for a session.

URS Financial Wellness Sessions FlyerURS now offers a brand-new program designed to improve your financial wellness and lower your financial stress. All employees are eligible to participate. These new sessions are separate from the one-on-one retirement planning sessions that URS also currently offers. 

What can you expect? In these free, confidential sessions conducted via videoconferencing, the goal is to assess and improve your overall financial wellness. URS advisors do this by reviewing and addressing three key areas: 

  • creating a debt management plan, 
  • building an emergency savings fund, and 
  • developing a workable spending plan. 

As there are opportunities to make improvements, your advisor will give you specific recommendations. URS advisors can address other financial topics with you as well. If you have any questions about the URS financial wellness program, you can call the URS Retirement Planning Advisor line at 801-366-7470. 

As part of the financial wellness program, you also now have access to a variety of financial wellness calculators. These calculators are great tools for doing “what if” scenarios on different topics, such as refinancing a mortgage, calculating a car payment, etc. The calculators can be accessed at fwcalculators.urs.org. 

How can you sign up for a personal financial wellness appointment? URS provides this service at no cost to you. You register online through your myURS account at www.urs.org. Once you are logged in, click on the Education tab, and then click on Individual Financial Wellness Sessions. You can then choose a date and time that is convenient for you via a videoconference. These sessions typically last one hour. 

Child Abuse Prevention Login Page

Per state statue all school district employees are to be trained annually concerning Child Sex Abuse Prevention or Human Trafficking Prevention. This year (2021-22) Child Sex Abuse training will be replacing the Human Trafficking Prevention training conducted last year in Crucial Concerns and Policies within Skyward Employee Access.

At the end of the training there will be a Certificate of Completion you may print or screenshot for your records. 

The Board of Education has reached negotiated agreements with JESPA. Details of the agreements can be found below:

  • Steps will be given for education support professionals for the 2021-22 school year.
  • A cost of living adjustment of 3.13% will be added to all steps for education support professionals.
  • Employees will cover fifty (50) percent of any future insurance premium increase and the District will cover fifty (50) percent of any future insurance premium increase; however, there is no insurance premium increase for the 2021-22 contract year.
  • The statement in DP344 Vacation Schedule for Twelve-MontPersonnel II.B. stating: “After September 30, the vacation allowance may not exceed the days accrued for the current year” will temporarily, for the 2021-22 year only, be adjusted to “After December 31, the vacation allowance may not exceed the days accrued for the current year.” The intent is to move the deadline of September 30 for using vacation days to December 31 for the 2021-22 year.
  • Due to the moratorium placed on DP354B NEG – Attendance Incentive-Education Support Professionals last year for the current year, the funds normally used for this incentive were instead used to pay those individuals who would not have otherwise qualified for the State COVID Stipend. As a result, no attendance incentives will be paid in July 2021.
  • DP354B NEG – Attendance Incentive-Education Support Professionals will be revised to allow Education Support Professionals who have up to four qualifying absences to receive the full absence incentive amount.

The Board of Education has reached negotiated agreements with JEA. Details of the agreements can be found below:

  • All salary levels on the traditional licensed salary schedule will be increased $1,875 (base salary of $50,500).
  • Employees will cover fifty (50) percent of any future insurance premium increase and the District will cover fifty (SO) percent of any future insurance premium increase; however, there is no insurance premium increase for the 2021-22 contract year.
  • Teacher Legislative funds will be distributed at a standard rate per qualifying teacher regardless of years of service or the school level of the employee.
  • Notification from Human Resources will be sent on October 1 and February 1 informing applicable employees that a seventh period has been authorized and approved but is subject to change.
  • The 187th contract day will remain as a flexible work day, not specified on the calendar but must be worked by Thanksgiving of each year.
  • Due to the moratorium placed on DP354 NEG -Attendance Incentive-Licensed last year for the current year, the funds normally used for this incentive were instead used to pay those individuals who would not have otherwise qualified for the State COVID Stipend. As a result, no attendance incentives will be paid in July 2021.
  • DP304 NEG Teacher Transfer policy suspended through September 30, 2020.
  • Two policies will be updated.
    • Policy DP354 NEG Attendance Incentive will be revised to allow teachers who have up to four absences to receive the full absence incentive amount.
    • Policy A5 NEG Released Time for Licensed Employee Agent Group President will be revised to include clarifications and updates that reflect current practices.

The following are new administrative assignments:

New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:

  • James Groethe, assistant principal at Copper Hills High appointed assistant principal at Bingham High School, replacing Kenneth Damron who resigned.
  • Sterling Hunt, assistant principal at West Jordan High appointed assistant principal at Copper Hills High, replacing James Groethe who was transferred.
  • Noelapoomaikala (Noelani) Ioane, teacher specialist in Teaching & Learning appointed assistant principal at West Jordan High, replacing Sterling Hunt who was transferred.
  • Josh Sullivan, assistant principal at Channing Hall, appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale and Antelope Canyon Elementary.
  • Aubri Moench, teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary, appointed assistant principal, on an open contract, at a location to be determined.

During the 2021-22 school year, Jordan School District will offer coursework for a gifted and talented (GT) teaching endorsement in partnership with Southern Utah University.

How will a GT teaching endorsement benefit me?

  • A GT endorsement will build a knowledge base about an important sector of education.
  • A GT endorsement will help teachers build a repertoire of strategies to challenge all students by adding depth, complexity, higher-order thinking, and creativity to daily instruction.
  • A GT endorsement will help teachers develop differentiation strategies to better meet the unique needs of high-ability learners in all classrooms.
  • A GT endorsement will qualify educators to teach in an ALPS classroom and to hold other positions in gifted and talented programming.

What are the credit requirements for a GT endorsement?

  • Four core classes are required for the Endorsement:
    • EDUC 5400 3 Credit Hours Learning, Development, and Individual Differences in Gifted Education
    • EDUC 5440 3 Credit Hours Learning Environments for Gifted Students
    • EDUC 5430 3 Credit Hours Curriculum and Instructional Planning in Gifted Education
    • EDUC 5420 3 Credit Hours Assessment in Gifted Education
  • A “professional learning activity” is also required. Examples of this include participation in an additional class, webinar, or conference, specific to gifted and talented education. A wide variety of opportunities at local, state, or national levels will satisfy this requirement.

What are the current costs for a GT endorsement?

  • SUU Recording Fees: $23 per credit hour / $69 per 3-hour core class.
  • Books: $50.00 (approximate) per core class.
    • Some books can be borrowed from the GT department.

What format will be used for instruction? When and where will the classes be held?

  • Jordan School District instructors teach classes in a blended format with two sessions each week:
    • One session will be in a live format: face-to-face or online.
    • One session will be virtual/asynchronous and may include practical classroom applications.
  • Live classes: Tuesdays from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m. at the ASB or online via Zoom.
  • Asynchronous classes: three-hours of instruction/activities via Canvas.
  • Each core class will last approximately eight weeks.
  • Using a hybrid of a live and virtual format, the four core classes can be completed in one school year.

Are you interested in joining the 2021-22 GT Endorsement cohort?

Contact for questions you may have: Rebecca Smith rebecca.smith@jordandistrict.org / 801-567-8368.


Gifted and Talented (GT) Endorsement / 2021-22 Cohort

  • Live sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Live sessions will be held at the ASB or through an online format.
    • A detailed schedule will be included with each class.
  • Virtual / asynchronous classes will be completed between the live sessions.
Learning, Development, and Individual Differences in Gifted Education
EDUC 5400  (3 Credit Hours)
Learning Environments for Gifted Students
EDUC 5440  (3 Credit Hours)
Curriculum and Instructional Planning in Gifted Education
EDUC 5430  (3 Credit Hours)
Assessment in Gifted Education
EDUC 5420  (3 Credit Hours)
Instructors Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton
Session 1 Live - Aug. 24, 2021 Live - Oct. 26, 2021 Live - Jan. 4, 2022 Live - March 15, 2022
Session 2 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 3 Live - Aug.31, 2021 Live - Nov. 2, 2021 Live - Jan. 11, 2022 Live - March 22, 2022
Session 4 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 5 Live - Sept. 7, 2021 Live - Nov. 9, 2021 Live - Jan. 25, 2022 Live - March 29, 2022
Session 6 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 7 Live - Sept. 14, 2021 Live - Nov. 16, 2021 Live - Feb. 1, 2022 Live - April 5, 2022
Session 8 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 9 Live - Sept. 21, 2021 Live - Nov. 23, 2021 Live - February 8, 2022 Live - April 12, 2022
Session 10 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 11 Live - Sept. 28, 2021 Live - Nov. 30, 2021 Live - Feb. 15, 2022 Live - April 26, 2022
Session 12 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 13 Live - Oct. 5, 2021 Live - Dec. 7, 2021 Live - Feb. 22, 2022 Live - May 3, 2022
Session 14 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 15 Live - Oct. 12, 2021 Live - Dec. 14, 2021 Live -March 1, 2022 Live - May 10, 2022

Open enrollment is ending June 15.  One final week to go to the InfinityHR enrollment system to enroll or make changes to existing plans.  
 
As a reminder if you wish to participate in Flexible Spending or Dependent Care, you must elect new amounts each plan year.
 
Be sure you receive a Confirmation Statement after you review and confirm your elections or changes will not be processed.
 

If you have any questions please reach out to the JSD Insurance department and they will be happy to assist you (801-567-8146).


Enrollment May 15 – June 15
Benefit eligible employees will need to login to the InfinityHR enrollment system to verify dependents, add beneficiary information, make open enrollment elections, and enroll in Flexible Spending.

Open Enrollment Tips

FSA and Dependent Care
If you wish to participate in Flexible spending or dependent care, you must elect new amounts for your flexible spending account each year using the InfinityHR online enrollment tool.

Benefit Statement Confirmation
Be sure you receive a Confirmation Statement after you review and confirm your elections.

Confirmation Dialog Box Sample

H.S.A. Contributions
H.S.A. direct deposits can be made through the payroll department, not through the InfinityHR online tool.