Employee newsletter, Oct. 13, 2021
Celebrating digital citizenship and school bus safety
Oct. 18-22 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 about this year's theme, "Be Safe, Know the Danger Zone."
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.
Free McDonald's breakfast for educators
This week, participating McDonald's locations are thanking educators with free breakfast items through Friday, Oct. 15. Show your employee badge to receive the promotion. Learn more on the McDonald's website.
Upcoming DonorsChoose match opportunity
It's also your last chance for a 2021-22 Mesa Public Schools Foundation innovation grant. The innovation grant cycle ends Friday, Oct. 15. Apply now on the Foundation website to be eligible to win one of several grants up to $2,000.
Know someone looking for a rewarding job or career path? We are now hiring several positions at our schools and departments. Please share our openings with any friends or family who are looking for a new opportunity.
Looking for a few great testimonials
We are always looking for employee testimonials to use in future recruitment materials, including flyers, videos, social media and the careers website. Love your job? Please take a few moments to fill out this simple form. Thank you.
Use iVisions to access pay stubs, tax information and more
The district's self-service iVisions portal gives employees access to personal information, including pay stubs, W2 forms and contracts. Employees can request tax withholding changes. It's also a great way to ensure the district has your updated personal and emergency contact information. Access the portal on the employee resources page or visit ivisions.mpsaz.org/ivisions.
Remember to notify supervisors of absences due to illness
Certified employees, administrators and classified supervisors must make a reasonable attempt to notify their immediate supervisors of any absence, and reason for absence, at the earliest opportunity — and no later than two hours before the start of their regular workday. By 3 p.m., these employees must notify their immediate supervisors if they will or will not return to work the next day.
Classified employees must notify their immediate supervisors of an absence at the earliest opportunity —and no later than their scheduled start time. These employees must also indicate the reason for absence and their expected return date. Failure to follow these guidelines may be just cause for disciplinary action, including deduction of salary.
Badge replacement charges
Lose your badge? You can now submit a Badge Request From electronically through Records. Log on using your active directory credentials. The form can be found in "Available Forms". The form 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 human resources director Chris Rossini at 480-472-0420.
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 web page.
Mesa Public Schools in the news
Community partnerships coordinator Michele Grimaldi was interviewed for an article about the district's partnership with Terros Health.
Mesa High JROTC was featured in a post on the national HQ AF Junior ROTC Facebook page.
Cue the applause
Congratulations to the team at the district's Native American Education Program (pictured). They have been named the 2021 Exemplary Program of the Year for Southwest At-Large Region by the National Johnson-O'Malley Association.
The Native American Education Program provides a variety of resources to support the academic and cultural needs of Native American students and their families. Learn more about the Native American Education Program at mpsaz.org/naep.
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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director
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