Employee newsletter, October 20, 2020

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COVID reporting and communication

During the Wednesday, Oct. 14 Safe.Strong.Ready. Live! event, Superintendent Andi Fourlis and Associate Superintendent Holly Williams discussed the district's communication protocols for reporting positive cases of COVID-19. If you didn't have the opportunity to view the event live, you may watch the recorded video. The district's COVID-19 dashboard, which summarizes active cases, is updated every Thursday morning.

The district hosts Safe.Strong.Ready. Live! at 4 p.m. every Wednesday on Facebook in English and Spanish. Previous episodes are available on our website.

District joins national Resilient Schools Project

Mesa Public Schools is one of 10 districts in the nation to join the Resilient Schools Project with Future of School and Digital Learning Collaborative. The Resilient Schools Project supports member schools and districts in their response to disruptions in instruction caused by COVID-19.

Beyond meeting the current needs of school districts, long-term goals include paving the path toward a future of education where flexibility is the norm, and access and equity are ensured. More long-term goals include:

  • Demonstrating the critical importance and infinite potential of building resiliency into districts while navigating difficult times and circumstances
  • Highlighting the power of collaboration and connectivity in redesigning school models from a one-size-fits-all approach to creative, student-centric learning environments
  • Maintaining a focus on meeting the needs of students

District collaborates with ASU, Center for the Future of Arizona and KnowledgeWorks

Center for the Future of Arizona, Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and KnowledgeWorks are collaborating with the district to support leaders in creating equitable learning outcomes and better preparing all students for college, career and civic life. The focus of the collaboration will be on personalized learning, which is designed to meet individual students where they are in their educational journey, ensure mastery of academic content along with social and emotional skills, and foster student ownership in their own learning. Learn more on the ASU website.

Request your mail-in ballot by Friday

The deadline for registered voters to join the Permanent Early Voting List or request a ballot by mail for the Nov. 3 general election is Friday, Oct. 23. Looking for a Maricopa County ballot drop box near work? Find a list of available voting locations and drop boxes on the county elections department website.

Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week and School Bus Safety Week

It's a big week for our technology and transportation teams!

Oct. 19-23 is Digital Citizenship Week, which promotes responsible use of technology and the internet. Find an assortment of digital citizenship resources on the educational technology website.

It is also National School Bus Safety Week, which encourages parents, students, teachers, bus drivers, administrators and the community to promote the importance of school bus safety. Learn more.

In case you missed it, October is also National Principals Month. Thanks to all of our fearless leaders for their hard work on behalf of our students and staff.

Dia de los Muertos poster with sugar skull icon and oct. 24, 12 p.m to 3 p.m., with Mesa Arts Center and Mesa AZ logosDia de los Muertos virtual event and education guide

Mesa Arts Center is holding a virtual Dia de los Muertos festival this year. Join in the festivities Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 3 p.m.

A standards-supported education guide is also available for teacher use, including videos and themed activities.

Badge replacement charges

Lose your badge? You can now submit a Badge Request From electronically through Records. Log in using your active directory credentials. The form can be found in "Blank Docs" and must be e-signed by the employee and administrator before it's routed to human resources. Once submitted, payroll will process the payroll deduction to cover the replacement fee.

Damaged badge replacements and name changes will be reprinted with photos on file at no charge if the old badge is sent to HR when the form is submitted. A new photo costs $20. Questions? Contact director Christi Chapman at 480-472-0420.

Learn more about donating sick leave

The Medical Leave Assistance Program allows employees to donate sick leave to eligible employees undergoing a personal or family member's prolonged illness or injury. Find eligibility guidelines, policy and the sick leave donation form on the human resources webpage.

Review the district's drug and alcohol policy

Policy GBKB and its regulations affect all employees. The guidelines are designed to ensure a safe workplace, promote employee health and well-being and comply with federal and state drug-free workplace mandates. Review the district's drug and alcohol policy, and learn about testing on the human resources webpage.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

Associate Superintendent Holly Williams spoke with 12News about COVID-19 reporting at Mesa Public Schools.

Cue the applause

The Arizona Cardinals selected Mountain View High football coach Mike Fell as High School Coach of the Week. The recognition includes a $1,000 prize for the school's football program.

Watch the celebrations video from the Oct. 13 Governing Board meeting.

 

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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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