Thank you to all teachers (licensed employees) who participated in the Virtual Teacher Transfer Fair! We hope it was a valuable experience for you. To help continually improve future fairs, we would appreciate teacher/licensed feedback by participating in a survey. The survey link will be sent out through JSD email.
Bryce Canyon National Park is offering a program where you can see virtual offerings and schedule a lesson. They present virtual programs to individual classrooms, whole grades, and entire schools. In addition to the published programs, NPS staff members are always happy to honor special requests for any grade and subject. They are currently building other educational content which will include complete lesson plans, pre-recorded content/demonstrations, on-site field trip experiences (currently suspended due to COVID), and more. The site will be updated as these additional opportunities become available.
Jordan School District will no longer offer COVID-19 testing to Jordan District employees at the Auxiliary Services Building on Friday afternoons. Due to low demand, the testing is cancelled as of this Friday, February 19.
Employees who would like to be tested can participate in testing twice a week at two locations within the District:
From the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission January 2021 Newsletter
Maintaining appropriate boundaries between educators and students has always been tricky. Sometimes it's difficult for educators to know when they have crossed the line from "friendly" to "friend." The prevalence of electronic communication can make this tightrope even more difficult to traverse, since it's easier to forget about appropriate boundaries when communicating electronically. At the same time, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many educators find themselves communicating electronically with students more often, if not exclusively. With the stars thus aligned we, your friendly UPPAC staff, would like to take the opportunity to remind educators of the importance of maintaining appropriate boundaries with students, even-perhaps especially-when communicating electronically.
UPPAC has seen a growing concern with cases of boundary violations that have a digital component to them. In fact, the Utah State Board of Education recently updated its definition of "boundary violation," to include "exchanging personal email or phone numbers with a student for a non-educational purpose or use;" and "interacting privately with a student through social media, computer, or handheld devices." Utah Admin. Rule R277-10-2(5)(b).
Educators should remember that the fundamental student-teacher relationship does not change simply because you're communicating electronically. You still need to watch your language, discuss only appropriate topics, and otherwise communicate professionally. A good rule of thumb, whether you're speaking to a student in-person or electronically, is to only say things to your students that you would say in front of their parents.
We encourage educators to avoid one-on-one electronic communication whenever possible. When we communicate electronically, we can't hear a person's tone or see a person's facial expressions. It's much harder to detect sarcasm. It's generally harder to discern a person's meaning. As a result, electronic communication, more than in-person communication, is susceptible to misunderstandings. Including at least one other person in your communications with students, whether it's a parent, an administrator, or other students, makes it far less likely that you will be misunderstood and run into problems. It also makes it less likely that a student will say something that might chip away at the boundaries that keep everyone safe.
One benefit of electronic communication is that it allows us to read over what we just typed before clicking "send." We encourage educators to take advantage of this to make sure that your messages come across the way you intend. If you find that your message is unclear or could be interpreted in different ways, consider different wording to make sure your meaning is clear. And because humor sometimes doesn't come across the way we intend, we recommend saving your brilliant sense of humor for the classroom, rather than attempting to make your students laugh through electronic communication.
It has been a challenging year, and we have been amazed by the hard work and adaptability of Utah's educators. We encourage you to remember your role as educators and be careful to avoid violating boundaries with your students, so you can continue to be a positive influence in their lives. Thank you for all you do.
- How to use PEHP Cost Tools and find cash back
- An overview of your COVID-19 benefits (testing, treatment, and vaccine)
- How to prevent common healthcare billing traps to avoid balance billing
- How to stay healthy with your PEHP wellness benefits (and get paid!)
- And much more!
Register at www.pehp.org/townhall for the following sessions:
- February 23 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- February 24 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- February 25 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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.
- Licensed employees submit their request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Education Support Professionals submit their request to email@example.com
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.
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(All YRE, 228, 242, 245 Contracts)
|April 1-2, 2021||Feb. 15 – Feb. 25, 2021|
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|Mar. 29 – April 2, 2021||Feb. 12 – Feb. 22, 2021|
The Blomquist Hale Newsletter for the 4th Quarter has arrived. In this issue, you will find articles on:
- Helping Your Kids Calm Down
- Parenting & Child Webinars
- Nurturing Your Child’s Mental Health
Medicare & Social Security 101
Come with questions, leave with answers. Attend this 90-minute virtual Medicare & Social Security webinar for an interesting way to learn about these two benefits.
Most common Medicare Questions
- How much does Medicare cost?
- Who is eligible and when do I apply?
- How does it work with Social Security?
- What are Parts A, B, C, & D?
- What are the differences between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans?
Join us for the webinar on Feb. 11th from 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Attend via Zoom Videoconferencing
Free Rapid COVID-19 testing will be available on a limited basis in the auditorium at Joel P. Jensen Middle School. The testing will take place on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4 -7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4 – 7 p.m.
Test results will be reported to the Utah Department of Health and to the local health department in the health district where the individual lives.
Please complete the online form prior to the event if possible.
Jordan School District is being allocated a limited number of additional doses of the Moderna vaccine for all employees 18 and older who would still like to participate in the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations. If you have not received the first dose, we invite you to sign up now to be vaccinated this Friday, February 12. Please sign up by Wednesday, February 10 at 4 p.m. We don’t know how many more opportunities there will be to receive the first dose through the district, so we highly encourage you to take advantage of this if you wish to be vaccinated.
If you received your first dose of the vaccine on Friday, January 15 and have not signed up to participate in the second round of vaccinations also taking place this Friday, February 12, sign up now using the link sent to you last week. Please bring your vaccination card with you. If you have questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The vaccine will be available at the following locations:
- Copper Mountain Middle (12106 South Anthem Blvd., Herriman)
- Oquirrh Hills Middle (12949 South 2700 West, Riverton)
- South Jordan Middle (10245 South 2700 West, South Jordan)
- West Hills Middle (8270 South Grizzly Way, West Jordan)
Please be aware of the following:
- You must sign up to be vaccinated using the link below. Vaccinations are not required.
- We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity if you wish to be vaccinated.
- Select a time slot and location.
- Please sign up by 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 10 to receive a first dose.
- Anyone who has insurance, whether through the District or not, is expected to bring their insurance card and present it at check in. There is no cost to employees.
- Please bring ID (preferably a District ID Badge).
- Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your assigned time. Do not come earlier, as there is limited parking at all sites.
- The lines will move faster if everyone is appropriately dressed to receive a shot in the shoulder. Do not wear long sleeve shirts that cannot be rolled up. We do not provide privacy screens. Short sleeves are best.
- You will not be required to take time off to be vaccinated.
- We have been allocated the Moderna vaccine which requires a 2-shot series. When you sign up, you will be committing to return at a later date to receive your second dose. Please plan accordingly. You will receive reminders for both appointments.
- If you have had COVID-19, you are still eligible to receive the vaccination if you are no longer in isolation or quarantine.
- We are only authorized to vaccinate employees, not spouses, children or other non-employees.
- Specific questions regarding your health circumstances should be addressed to your personal physician. If your doctor indicates you should not receive the shot and you have signed up, please contact us to cancel your appointment so another employee can receive the vaccination.
Please use this link to sign up for your first dose.
Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this process.
- The Online Life: How Much is Too Much? During the pandemic, some people have tried to minimize infection risk through online shopping, telemedicine and virtual events. But spending too much time online can compromise your mental well-being.
- Food, Stress and Emotional Eating If you often turn to food when you feel stressed, sad or angry, this may be a coping mechanism known as emotional eating.
- Working From Home — With Kids Changes due to COVID-19 find homebound working parents and their children facing challenges they couldn’t have imagined a year ago. Meeting job responsibilities with your kids underfoot can certainly complicate your day. The solutions may not be easy, but they’re doable with patience and practice.
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- Payroll Due: Feb 2
- Changes to Direct Deposit: Feb 9
- View Paycheck: Feb 23
- Pay Day: Feb 25
True Time Deadlines
Date Range: Jan 4–Jan 31
- Employee Submittal: Feb 3
- First Approval: Feb 5
- Final Approval: Feb 9
Washington & Lincoln Day: Feb 15
DP 335: Employees who have NOT been approved by Human Resources for using an annual/personal day before or after a holiday may be docked (certificated $131 or ESP 40% of daily rate). Please refer to policy for further clarification.
Secondary Schools Feb 8–11
(Comp day Feb 12)
DP335: Annual leave days may not be used during parent/teacher conferences.
Your 2020 W-2 is now available to view/print in Employee Access
How to View/Print W-2 from Employee Access:
W2’s were mailed to employees, who did not Opt Out, on January 27, 2021 to their address in Skyward.
Free COVID-19 Rapid Testing at Herriman High
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is offering free rapid antigen testing at many locations throughout the state of Utah, including drive-through testing at Herriman High School on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Thursday, Feb. 4, Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11 from 3:30 - 7 p.m. Use the button below to register.
Anyone older than age 5 can get tested at these free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. UDOH also encourages anyone who might have any symptoms, even mild ones, to come and get tested. Please register online. If you do not register online or are unable to register online, you will be able to register at the site but it will take longer for you to be tested. Identification may be required. UDOH encourages everyone to continue to wear masks and social distance while waiting in lines.
The following are new administrative assignments:
New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:
- Ronna Hoffman, principal at Riverside Elementary appointed administrator on special assignment in the Teaching & Learning Department, she will then be appointed principal of the new elementary school in Herriman for the 2022-23 school year.
- Marianne Johansen, principal of Philo Farnsworth Elementary in the Granite School District appointed principal at Majestic Elementary replacing Kathe Riding who is retiring.
- Michael Trimmell, principal at Arovista Elementary in Brea Olinda Unified School District in California appointed principal at Riverside Elementary replacing Ronna Hoffman who was reassigned.
- Tyler (TJ) Davenport, elementary teacher at Plymouth Elementary in the Granite School District appointed assistant principal at a location to be determined.
New Assignments effective as soon as possible:
- Jennifer Smith, BYU intern facilitator at Blackridge Elementary appointed assistant principal at Foothills Elementary.
- Shana Mondragon, teacher specialist at Oquirrh Elementary appointed assistant principal at Oakcrest and Mountain Shadows Elementary.
- Troy Monson, principal at Scappoose Middle in the Scappoose School District in Oregon appointed assistant principal at South Hills Middle.
Workout Warrior is a monthly email-based physical activity challenge that’s moderated by PEHP Wellness staff. Enroll at pehp.org to receive weekly motivational email messages, then track and report your activity each month to be entered to win an egift card.
- Jan. 4-31: New Year – New Goals
Start the New Year off on the right track by setting small, attainable goals that add up to big improvements in your overall health. We’ll provide motivational tips and tricks to help you achieve your physical activity goals.
- Feb. 1-28: Boost Your Immunity
In the cold and darkness of winter we can all benefit from a boost to our immune systems. Learn how regular physical activity improves immunity which can prevent illness, increase energy, and improve overall mood!
- March 1-31:Mindful March
Physical activity doesn’t have to be grueling. In fact, everyday activity can add up to meaningful health benefits. Get some ideas on how to incorporate mindful movement in your everyday life.
- April 5-30: Simple Stretching
Feel tight from sitting all day? Taking the time to stretch most days improves flexibility, decreases risk of injury, and can improve overall mood. We’ll show you some simple stretches that can make a huge difference!
- May 3-31: Exercise Snacking
Having a hard time squeezing exercise into your hectic schedule? “Exercise snacking,” involves incorporating small, consistent bouts of exercise throughout the day. See if exercise snacking could work for you!
- June 1-30: Strong Summer Abs
Too often when we hear “summer abs” we think of a chiseled six-pack, but the benefits of strong abs go far beyond the surface. We’ll teach you the most effective ab exercises to strengthen your core - for summer, or any season.
- July 6-31:Back and Shoulders
If you’re not careful, sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on your posture leaving you with tight back and shoulder muscles. Find out how to counter the effects of bad posture by strengthening and relaxing the back and shoulders.
- Aug. 2-30: Beat the Heat
Summer is great, but by the time August rolls around some might start feeling the effects of the heat. This can leave you feeling drained, exhausted and not wanting to go outside. We’ll help you beat the heat and stay motivated to continue being active while staying cool!
- Sept. 7-30: Train Your Brain
By now we have heard of the many benefits of exercise on our physical health - but what about our brains? Explore how movement impacts the brain by improving memory, focus, judgment and more!
- Oct. 5-31: Balance and Stability
For young and old alike, improving balance keeps our minds and bodies agile preventing injuries down the road. Learn skills to improve your balance for a lifetime.
- Nov. 2-30: Planksgiving
Planking is one of the best and safest ways to strengthen your core and alleviate back pain. Plank your way to Thanksgiving this month with hybrid and plank variations.
- Dec. 6-31: Santa’s Step Up
Decrease stress and increase needed energy for the holiday season by getting some steps in! Join this month’s Santa’s Step Up challenge to motivate you to continue being active during the holidays.
2021 Quarterly Wellness Webinars
Participate in these 30-minute online classes from the comfort of your computer or conference room. Held the first workday of the month at noon, webinars are recorded, archived online, and can be viewed anytime that is convenient for you.
- Monday, Feb. 1: Life Lessons From the Pandemic
- Monday, May 3: Know Your Numbers: Get Back on Track
- Monday, Aug. 2: How DO I feel?
- Monday, November 1: Develop a Growth Mindset
Register for upcoming or archived webinars through your personal online account at www.pehp.org. Type “webinars” in the search bar.
Registration opens one week before the challenge begins. You can register anytime during the challenge, however we recommend that you sign up early to receive all content. To register, log in to your personal online account at www.pehp.org. (Go to: Wellness tab> Programs>Wellness Challenges)
By signing up you are registering to receive educational emails which challenge you to meet a particular wellness goal. All challenges are developed and moderated by PEHP Wellness staff. You will receive motivational emails, and are entered into a prize drawing for participating. PEHP Wellness staff is available for questions and assistance during the challenge by email or phone. Because this is self-guided learning, you can decide how to use the information and resources provided during the challenge. You can expect to receive one email per week.
- Know & Plan ($50) – Know your numbers and make an action plan: Participate in biometric testing or obtain biometrics from physician and complete online health questionnaire.
- Next Steps ($50) – Take the next steps and put the plan in place: After completing the Know & Plan rebate, participate in personal choice of PEHP wellness programs and activities and submit rebate form.
- Tobacco Cessation Rebate ($50): Participate in PEHP Quitline or have physician verify member has quit for at least 6 months and submit rebate form.
- Diabetes Management Rebate ($100): Take steps to actively manage diabetes and submit rebate form.
- WeeCare Rebate ($50): Participate in the WeeCare program, view one wellness webinar and submit rebate form.
* PEHP rebates may not apply to all plans and are taxable. Members on the Consumer Plus Plan are not eligible for rebates.
To see a list of all wellness rebates and download forms, visit www.pehp.org/wellness/rebates.
Questions? Please contact us at 801-366-7300 or email@example.com.
BYU has will be holding a virtual conference on Instructional Leadership in the 21st Century on Mar 25–Apr 3, 2021 Speakers will include Gerry Brooks, Jean Clinton, Cassandra Erkins, Doug Fisher, Charles R. Graham, Marcia Tate, Anthony Muhammad, Bob Sonju, Ben Springer, Catlin Tucker and Steve Ventura. You can register online at education.byu.edu/cites.
BYU is also holding its Symposium on Books for Young Readers Online Winter Series on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 27. It will be a delightful diversion for librarians, teachers, and parents—anyone who enjoys the best of children’s literature. You can register today at bfyr.byu.edu.
Please use the link below to learn how Educational Language Services is helping students with our Student Outreach Specialists in our Winter newsletter. Check out our new Parent and Outreach Bulletin Board (translated version coming soon). Please take a moment to fill out this form and share the activities in your school or classrooms that are occurring in the month of February. We would love to visit, listen, and celebrate with you! If you are not even sure where to start, you can include that in the form and we can come present virtually to your school.
The recent COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress provides relief with respect to flexible spending account and dependent care account funds that went unused during 2020.
- For health FSAs:
- Can allow the carryover of unused FSA funds with no dollar limit from a plan year ending in 2020 and/or 2021 to a plan year ending in 2021 and/or 2022.
- Grace period can be extended up to 12 months after the end of the plan year for plan year ending in 2020 and/or 2021 instead of the typical two and half months timeframe.
- Employees can change their FSA contributions for the plan years ending in 2021 without a qualifying event.
- For dependent FSAs:
- Can allow unused funds to carry over with no dollar limit from plan year ending in 2020 and/or 2021 to a plan year ending in 2021 and/or 2022.
- Employees can change the FSA contributions for the plan years ending in 2021 without a qualifying event.
- Reimbursement for expenses can be permitted for children up to age 14 instead of 13.
The following are new administrative assignments:
- New Assignments effective Jan. 15, 2021:
- April Gaydosh, principal at Westvale Elementary appointed Elementary School Level Administrator of Schools replacing Doree Strauss who retired.
- Odette Desmarais, assistant principal at Foothills appointed principal at Westvale Elementary and her replacement is to be determined.
- New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:
- Yajaira Martinez, assistant principal at Bluffdale and Terra Linda Elementary appointed principal at Terra Linda Elementary replacing Karen Gorringe who is retiring and her replacement is to be determined.