Volume 7, Number 2, November 2013
Oct 30 Launch New HR Website
Nov 11 Veterans Day Holiday
Nov 15 Hours verification & fingerprinting, 7-9 am & 3-5 pm, 3rd floor of ASC
Nov 28 & 29 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 5 Re certify with ADE
In this issue: New HR Website | Observe boundaries in staff-student relations | MPS prohibits workplace harassment | Add a content area to your teaching cert | Classified staff may request lateral transfers | Fight the flu | Mobile on-site mammography | Procedures for work-related injuries | Winter break information
Human Resources will launch its redesigned website October 30. The goal of this project was to make it easier for applicants and staff to locate information and use the site efficiently. Current webpages that have links to our site may have to reestablish those links. If you have questions, comments or corrections that need to be addressed regarding the site, please email Deb Herman.
MPS has adopted an administrative regulation for Governing Board Policy GBH: Staff-Student Relations to clarify professional boundaries. This regulation creates a nonexclusive list of prohibited conduct that falls into three categories:
- Conduct prohibited under any circumstance. Examples: Engaging in sexual activity with, or dating a student. Discussing sexual topics with students that are not related to specific curriculum.
- Conduct prohibited in the absence of a legitimate health, safety, or educational purpose. Examples: Using phone calls, e-mail, text messaging, or social networking sites to discuss with a student a matter that does not pertain to the student's homework, class activity, school club or other school sponsored activity. Giving gifts of a personal nature to a specific student without prior express permission of the school administrators.
- Conduct prohibited if not expressly approved by a school administrator or parent. Examples: Taking a student on a private outing, meeting a student at a prearranged location, inviting a student to the employee's home.
These examples are not a complete listing of prohibited conduct with students.
Compliance with GBH-R: Staff-Student Relations is the responsibility of each MPS employee. Any employee who has questions about whether specific conduct is or is not a professional boundary violation should seek guidance from his or her supervisor. For guidance on this policy and the link to the complete policy and regulation CLICK HERE.
MPS does not tolerate workplace harassment. A substantiated charge of harassment or retaliation against an employee who reports harassment will subject the employee to disciplinary action.
Under board policy GBCX, workplace harassment means any unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward any employee, applicant, volunteer, vendor or contractor because of race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, marital status or pregnancy, if the conduct:
- creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment
- unreasonably interferes with an employee's work performance
- affects an employee's work performance
- affects an employee's employment opportunities or compensation
Workplace harassment also includes an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature by an employee, volunteer, vendor or contractor.
The policy outlines how employees may resolve harassment by confrontation, written documentation, or a report filed with supervisors or administrators. If a report is filed, it must be sent within two working days, for investigation, to Human Resources. Reports will be treated confidentially to the extent feasible.
Help stop harassment
Employees are encouraged to review the policy and regulation. Always notify an administrator or a supervisor of a possible workplace harassment situation. For guidance on this policy and the link to the complete policy and regulation CLICK HERE. For more information, contact:
- Jill Bonewell, Executive Director, Human Resources (480) 472-0408
- Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (480) 472-0412
If you are interested in teaching in a content area that is not on your elementary, secondary or special education teaching certificate, you can do so by passing the appropriate Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment.
Once you pass the specific NES/AEPA, the Arizona Department of Education requires that you add the new content area to your current teaching certificate in order for you to teach in the new subject area. *There are additional requirements for Early Childhood Education.* The new subject area added to the appropriate teaching certificate also meets No Child Left Behind Highly Qualified guidelines.
AEPA approved subject areas
Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Early Childhood Education (there are additional requirements for Early Childhood Education), Economics, Elementary Education, English, French, Geography, German, Health, History, Library/Educational Media, Mathematics, Middle Grade General Science, Middle Grade Language Arts/Reading, Middle Grades Mathematics, Middle Grade Social Studies, Music, Physics, Political Science/American Government, Social Studies, Spanish.
Classified contract staff may submit lateral transfer requests from October 1 to March 15. When Human Resources receives your form, you will be considered for vacancies at your current classification and salary range. Late requests will not be considered. Lateral transfer request forms are posted online CLICK HERE or may be obtained from your site secretary.
MPS will offer flu shots again this year. All employees with a MPS badge will receive a flu shot at no cost. Spouses covered under a MPS medical plan are also eligible. If enrolled, employees and spouses must provide their MPS Cigna medical ID card. CLICK HERE for a list of locations and times.
The MOM mobile has provided onsite mammography services to the district since 2004. The MPS-WIN Program is pleased to offer this service again this year in November. MOM provides full field digital mammography and CAD computerized reading and is now able to accommodate breast implant patients.
To make your appointment and verify your insurance coverage for this service, please call (480) 967-3767. CLICK HERE for locations and times.
Report injuries (no matter how minor) to your school nurse and/or immediate supervisor, who will fill out a Report of Industrial Injury. Receive first aid, as needed, administered by the school nurse. If the injury requires medical care, you will be directed to the Concentra Medical Center, or to the nearest emergency room if the injury is life threatening.
If you need continued medical care following a work-related injury, all follow-up appointments (for physical therapy, X-rays, ancillary services, etc.) are to be scheduled outside your normal work hours. If you earn accrued sick leave, you may use sick leave for medical appointments with prior approval from your immediate supervisor. After you received the appropriate medical treatment and you are released to return to work, notify your supervisor immediately, If you have restrictions, you must discuss these with your supervisor for accommodation.
First semester ends on Friday, December 20 and is an early release day for students. For most certified and classified staff, December 20 is a work day.
All short term employees, teachers and school based administrators will be off work from Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3. Students, short term employees, teachers and school based administrators will return on Monday, January 6.
Certified contract employees who wish to use a personal day on December 20 must submit a Certified Short Term Leave e-PARF and include an appeal. The appeal can be made directly on the e-PARF form, in the comments section. If the request is approved, you will receive an e-mail notification from the OnBase system.
Twelve month employees and district based administrators will be off work from Tuesday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 1. December 23 and January 2 and 3 are work days. Employees in this category who earn vacation, personal leave, and/or compensatory leave and wish to take time off on these three days must make their request through their immediate supervisor for consideration.
All approved absences should be reported on an Absence Report to the site secretary as usual.
Human Resources Matters is published by the Human Resources Department of Mesa Public Schools, an equal opportunity organization.
If an employee feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, handicap or disability, the employee should contact the district's compliance officer, Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources (480) 472-0412