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Dear JSD Employee,

Employee Rights Notice & FFCRA Leave Application Tutorial ThumbnailsThe recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) may entitle eligible employees who have worked for the District for 30 days to receive a limited amount of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  The PDF below is a FFCRA notice from the Department of Labor outlining eligibility, paid leave entitlements and qualifying reasons for leave related to COVID-19.

The PDF also contains a tutorial on how you can submit a FFCRA Leave application through Skyward Employee Access if you believe you have a qualifying reason.  If you need assistance in accessing your Skyward employee account, please contact the Information Systems Help Desk at 801-567-8737.  For questions regarding FFCRA, please review the attached notice or contact HR at 801-567-8249. 

All paychecks that are not direct deposited will temporarily be mailed to your address on file in Skyward. This will take effect today, March 13th, until further notice.

To avoid possible delays in receiving your paycheck, please log in to your Skyward Employee Access to verify that your address is correct, or to make any changes to your address.

  1. Log in to Skyward Employee Access (call 801-567-8737 for login assistance if needed)
  2. EMPLOYEE INFORMATION tab
  3. PERSONAL INFORMATION (under Employee Information heading)

Address

  • View and/or change your address online:
    • ADDRESS (under Demographic heading)
  • View and/or change your address by telephone:
    • Call Human Resources at 801-567-8150

Direct Deposit

  • View and/or change your direct deposit online:
    • DIRECT DEPOSIT (under Payroll heading)
  • Paper Direct Deposit Authorization form:
    • Call the Payroll Department at 801-567-8154, or email carolyn.bevan@jordandistrict.org
    • Do NOT email your completed Direct Deposit authorization

W-4

  • View your W4 information online (you cannot change your W-4 online):
    • W4 INFORMATION (under Payroll heading)
  • Paper W4 Form:
    • Call the Payroll Department at 801-567-8154, or email carolyn.bevan@jordandistrict.org
    • Search for 2020 W-4 Form online
    • Do NOT email your completed W4

W-2

  • View your W2 online
    • W2 INFORMATION (under Payroll heading)
    • VIEW W2 FORM button
  • Paper Copy of W2:
    • Call the Payroll Department at 801-567-8154

URS is holding a Tier II seminar for employees to attend on March 31st at ASB.  This seminar is different than the one on one sessions.  A URS representative will discuss all the information regarding Tier II and the savings plans offered by URS.  Any employee can attend.  Please see the flyer below for more information.

Have You Made Your Irrevocable Tier 2 Retirement Decision Flyer

Dear Teachers,

It is time to submit applications for the K-12 Math Personalized Learning Software Grant, which is intended to provide schools with access to math personalized learning software programs to improve student outcomes in mathematics literacy. The deadline for the grant is March 27, 2020. This application must be submitted at the school level, but needs to be signed by Amy Kinder, in the Teaching & Learning Department, and an Instructional Technology Specialist. Only ONE submission per school is allowed.

Please work with your administration and technology coach to determine how this grant could be used to provide software licenses to enhance the mathematics instruction taking place in your building. Funding is limited, so the Utah STEM Action Center asks that we are intentional in choosing the product(s) and number of licenses for the product(s) requested.

Please be aware that if the licenses provided through this grant are not used or are under- utilized by a school, they may be revoked. In addition, Jordan School District may be barred from applying for this grant in the future.

To be effective, here are the recommendations for the use of each product:

Provider

Product

Supported

Usage Recommendations

Curriculum Associates

iReady

K-8

30-49 minutes per week plus 70-100% pass rates

Dreambox

Dreambox

K-8

Five lessons per week

McGraw-Hill ALEKS 3-12 1 hour per week OR 5 topics per week
MIND Research Institute ST Math K-8 K-1: 60 minutes per week
2-8: 75 minutes per week

Imagine Learning

Imagine Math

K-Algebra 1/ Geometry

Quarter 1: (Sept-Nov 2016)
5+ lessons completed

Quarter 2: (Dec-Feb 2017)
10+ lessons completed

Quarter 3: (Mar-May 2017)
15+ lessons completed

Mathspace

Mathspace

3-PreCalculus

30 minutes per week OR 3 subtopics mastered per week

The mathematics personalized learning software has been shown to have a significant impact on student achievement for those students who met the recommended weekly usage.

We are required to choose from the approved vendors and products in the table above. Please contact the vendors with any questions about the products in which you are interested. They are more than happy to assist you and will often offer additional services to your school if they know that you are applying for the K-12 Math Personalized Learning Software Grant.

Here are links to the vendors’ websites with more information about what they are offering:

Thank you for all that you do for our students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,
Noelani Ioane, MS
Mathematics Content Teacher Leader

SEL Accelerator FlyerCome prepared to jump-start your 2020 year during the first ever Social & Emotional Learning Accelerator on Friday, March 6 from 1 - 3 p.m. at JATC South. You will have an opportunity to gather ideas and strategies in the following areas:

  • Social Emotional Learning strategies in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and decision making
  • Implementing wellness rooms
  • Parent engagement and involvement
  • Whole school SEL Strategies
  • SEL measurement tools

For more information, please visit wellness.jordandistrict.org/sel 

Youth Mental Health First Aid FlyerThis is an 8-hour training that is being offered for all employees providing certification.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is for adults to teach how to help adolescents and young adults who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

  • Saturday, March 21, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Jordan School District Auxiliary Services Building, Room 113
  • To register, contact Sharon Steadman at 385-235-0322

Important Payroll dates for March 2020

  • Payroll Due:  including all February absences and approvals: 3/3
  • Last day to change direct deposit accounts: 3/10
    ** Please let Payroll know of any changes to your account after this date. Any bank account changes will affect your check on payday.
  • Paychecks available for viewing in Employee Access: 3/21
    ** Strongly recommended
  • Payday: 3/25

True Time Deadlines for Pay Period 2/3/2020 – 3/1/2020

  • Employee Final Submittal: 3/4/20
  • First Approval: 3/6/20
  • Final Approval: 3/10/20

Parent/Teacher Conference

  • Traditional Elem: 3/11 & 3/12
    (Comp Day 3/13)
  • YRE Tracks A,C,D: 3/9-3/13
    (If PTC is missed, leave day is recorded on  3/14)
  • Track B: 3/30-4/3
    (If PTC is missed, leave day is recorded on 4/4)

As per DP335 & DP370: Licensed employees may not use a personal or alternative leave day if absent from parent/teacher conferences.  They may use a sick day or a no-pay day if applicable.  The absence should be entered on the comp day.

This is a reminder for all fifth-grade teachers. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 is the last day to register for the March 6 social studies professional development "Engaging Students in Social Studies/Civic Engagement" to be held at the ASB auditorium.  You'll receive a stipend and relicensure credits for attending, plus a tub of hands-on materials.  Please email pamela.sua@jordandistrict.org to save a slot.  We encourage 5th grade teams to attend together.

Dear Teachers,

Please find below links to applications for the USTAR Math and Science courses. The deadline for the courses to be offered this summer is Friday February 21, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Jane Harward or Noelani Ioane.

Thank you for all that you do for our students.

Teaching & Learning - Math & Science

2020-21 Applications

 

Elementary Teacher – Teacher Wellness Focus Group Invitation
Our District’s Health and Wellness Specialist, McKinley Withers, is conducting a research study on teacher wellness through the University of Utah. He is looking for research participants for focus groups to better understand how school leaders can support improved conditions for enhanced teacher wellness.

The Elementary School Teacher Wellness Focus Group will meet on Wednesday, February 20th   from 4-6pm. If you are interested in participating, please review the information below, and email McKinley Withers for additional information.

Focus group participation for this research will be limited to current elementary school teachers who have 7 or more years of experience as a classroom teacher. If you choose to participate in this focus group, you will volunteer between two and four hours to share your valuable insights and experiences as a classroom teacher–specifically related to how school leaders have, or could, promote your experience of wellness. With an understanding of teacher’s perceptions of what has had a positive impact on their workplace wellness, school leaders will be better equipped to provide meaningful interventions and creative approaches to improve a teacher’s sense of overall well-being.

As a participant you will be asked to respond to a series of questions in a face to face meeting with up to 7 other participants who are also classroom teachers in Jordan School District. These questions will be focused on what school leaders have done well or could do to improve your experience of workplace wellness.


Middle School Teacher – Teacher Wellness Focus Group Invitation
Our District’s Health and Wellness Specialist, McKinley Withers, is conducting a research study on teacher wellness through the University of Utah. He is looking for research participants for focus groups to better understand how school leaders can support improved conditions for enhanced teacher wellness.

The Middle School Teacher Wellness Focus Group will meet on Tuesday, February 18th from 4-6pm. If you are interested in participating, please review the information below, and email McKinley Withers, mckinley.withers@jordandistrict.org, for additional information.

Focus group participation for this research will be limited to current middle school teachers who have 7 or more years of experience as a classroom teacher. If you choose to participate in this focus group, you will volunteer between two and four hours to share your valuable insights and experiences as a classroom teacher–specifically related to how school leaders have, or could, promote your experience of wellness. With an understanding of teacher’s perceptions of what has had a positive impact on their workplace wellness, school leaders will be better equipped to provide meaningful interventions and creative approaches to improve a teacher’s sense of overall well-being.

As a participant you will be asked to respond to a series of questions in a face to face meeting with up to 7 other participants who are also classroom teachers in Jordan School District. These questions will be focused on what school leaders have done well or could do to improve your experience of workplace wellness.

Teaching and Learning is excited to introduce Multisyllable Routine Cards for all 3-6 grade teachers. This is a short daily routine that can be implemented similar to Heggerty in K-2 grade.

Please see the attached flyer and pick a date to attend. The first three sessions are already full and the others are filling up quickly so register soon. Teachers will receive all materials needed to implement the program as well as receive in service pay for attending.

Please contact Mandy Thurman (ext: 88119) with any questions.

Valued Licensed Employee:

The Human Resource Department is contacting you with important information regarding upcoming events and opportunities.

LICENSE RENEWAL
Teachers and other educators whose license will expire on June 30, 2020, are encouraged to begin the license renewal process IMMEDIATELY by going to the USBE website. Personal letters regarding license renewal information have already been sent out. Keep in mind that there is no background cost to the employee.

EARLY NOTIFICATION (Resignation/Retirement)
Employees resigning/retiring at the end of the current contract year that gives official early notification of resignation/retirement will be eligible for a tiered incentive. To qualify, the notification must be submitted online on or before the following dates:

  • December 15, 2019$500.00
  • January 15, 2020 $300.00
  • February 15, 2020$200.00

The incentive will be paid on the last regular paycheck. Notifications of resignation/retirement received after the dates listed above will not qualify for an incentive. The official District resignation/retirement notification form is found in Skyward Employee Access under Task Processes. Please see District policy DP318 for more detailed information regarding resignations. If you do not know your Skyward username or password please contact the Help Desk at 801.567.8737.

TEACHER TRANSFER FAIRS
The dates of the Teacher Transfer Fairs below are for current Jordan School District teachers seeking a new teaching opportunity! The transfer fair will be combined for both elementary and secondary teachers. Please have copies of your resume available to distribute. Your JSD ID badge is required. Come explore your options!

  • Transfer Fair Elementary and Secondary
    February 19, 2020 | Elk Ridge Middle School (gym) 3659 9800 S, South Jordan, UT 84009 4:00-6:30 p.m. Waffle Love food truck will be on site

TEACHER HIRING & TRANSFER TIMELINE
Schools who have “hard to fill” or “known vacancies” for 2020-2021, may advertise those positions immediately by contacting HR. These positions will be posted for a minimum of five working days before hiring.

  • “Hard to fill openings” include math, special education, psychologists, SLP’s, DLI, physics, chemistry, biology, earth systems, integrated science, agriculture, computer programming, health science, auto & diesel technology, Title 1, engineering, and
  • February 19-February 28 Teacher Transfer Fair & Early Transfer Window
  • March 2, 2020- General Hiring & Transfer Window