Employee newsletter, August 11, 2020

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Hope you had a great first week!

It's been a great first week of learning for students throughout the district. Check out this video celebrating first-week successes, featuring Superintendent Andi Fourlis, Lehi Elementary Principal Teja Alleyne and Westwood High Principal Chris Gilmore.

Free COVID-19 testing

The district has partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Embry Women's Health for free drive-thru COVID-19 testing services at Mesa Community College. Testing is free, regardless of insurance status, and available for staff, students and families.

Testing takes place 24/7 at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85202. Register online before you go.

HSA update

The district's HSA contribution will be distributed in one lump sum in September to employees enrolled in one of the high-deductible health plans. Employees should review their total contribution (including district contributions) and make any adjustments to ensure they do not exceed 2020 IRS annual contribution limits.

Review board policies on employee misconduct

Governing Board policies GCPD and GDPD refer to employee misconduct and procedures for administering appropriate discipline to staff engaged in misconduct. Action ranges from a written warning or letter of reprimand to dismissal. Find more information on P. 11 of the employee handbook.

Win prizes in the MPS Trip Reduction Program

Working from home at least part of the week? You can participate in the Trip Reduction Program. Save on fuel and vehicle maintenance, minimize air pollution and win prizes through the district's Trip Reduction Program. Mandated by Maricopa County, the Trip Reduction Program promotes teleworking, carpooling, taking the bus, walking or biking to work. You will automatically be entered in a prize drawing when you join and when you track your alternate transportation to and from work at least two days each month.

The county has renovated the program's website for a better user experience. Thank you for doing your part to help clean the valley's air. For more information about the program, contact Nina Allred at 480-472-0223.

In the news

Hughes Elementary third-grade teacher Jessica Pio spoke with FOX10 about the first day of school.

12News featured the district's family support network teams in a story, which included an interview with Marlo Loria, director of CTE and innovative partnerships

Ishikawa Elementary gifted & talented teacher Carrie Kitchell spoke with ABC15 about her family's unique remote learning project.

Cue the applause

Congratulations to Sharisse Nunes, fifth-grade teacher at Falcon Hill Elementary, and Nicole Powell, fifth-grade teacher at Las Sendas Elementary! Nunes and Powell are among the Top 10 finalists for 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year. The Arizona Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 23, 2020.


Send your news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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