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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Grading Investigation & Grade Floor Moratorium

Due to technical issues yesterday, some employees may not have received Superintendent Hopson's email update on the grading investigation at Hamilton High and immediate moratorium on grade floors in our schools. If you did not receive the email message yesterday, you can view the important announcement here .
Get access to long-term disability coverage.

If you signed up for long- or short-term disability from MetLife, you'll now have access to long-term disability through Standard Insurance unless you opt out before January 19 . Opt-out information will be provided following winter break. Letters have also been mailed to affected employees with specific details, and you can click here  for more information.

Teachers, don't forget to sign your contract during the break!

 TODAY , all teacher-type employees (e.g., teacher, librarian or guidance counselor) will receive an email from "No Reply SCSK12" outlining how to access and electronically sign their 2017-18 school year contract. Teachers will have until  January 16, 2018  to review and electronically sign. It is not necessary to be at school or an SCS office location to access the contract.

2017-18 School Year Hires do not need to sign a contract at this time because contracts were signed as part of the new hire paperwork earlier this school year.

Please contact the Employee CONNECT team at 416-5304 or   for questions or concerns.
The mileage reimbursement rate is going up.

In accordance with the Shelby County Board of Education travel regulations, approved local travel mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS allowable rate of 54.5 cents per mile, which is an increase of 1 cent. The new rate takes effect with all approved mileage in January 2018 approved mileage. If you have any questions, contact Jo Johnson in Finance at 416-5597. View the full memo from CFO Lin Johnson here .
Use your break wisely. Nominate alumni for the 2018 Hall of Fame!

Now that winter break is here ( almost! ), that means you have plenty of time to nominate your favorite SCS alum for the 2018 SCS Alumni Hall of Fame! Help us identify notable alumi to honor at the Hall of Fame gala on March 24 . Last year's gala honored the Bar-Kays, State Representative Johnnie Turner, community activist "Shep" Wilbun and championship-winning basketball coach Keelon Lawson. We're counting on your nominations again this year to identify our best and brightest. Hurry! The deadline for nominations is January 2 .
Lights out before you leave!

Winter break is the perfect opportunity to conserve energy. Before you leave for the break, please help us by doing the following:

  • Last Out Lights Out! Please turn off classroom, office and room lights before leaving for the break.
  • Turn off projectors. This saves energy and preserves bulbs.
  • Put your computers to sleep.
If you have questions regarding how to conserve energy at school or home, contact Tracy Leaks, Green Schools Project Leader, at or 416-4118.
Free Liberty Bowl parking for SCS employees!

If you have plans to attend the Autozone Liberty Bowl Classic on December 30, remember SCS employees get free game day parking in the BOE and TLA lots. Just show your SCS ID to the parking volunteers, and you're in!
...and that's a wrap for the fall semester! See you in 2018!

If you're reading this, congratulations! You made it to the end of the semester! Schools are already out, and tomorrow evening officially kicks off winter break for all SCS employees. Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. Central office will re-open on January 3 , and we'll be back with District Updates on January 4.

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