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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Updated re-entry FAQs are here. PLUS- another opportunity for staff input on how to return stronger.

After the release of the S.A.F.E. Re-Entry Plan on Monday, we've addressed many of the frequently asked questions received from employees about the reopening of schools. This updated FAQ document combines all of the questions and answers shared on Monday and Tuesday, including general HR-related questions, as well as health and safety and various instructional topics. We also want your input on what it will take to return stronger, including:

  • General feelings about the reopening of schools
  • Concerns about meeting the needs of students
  • Considerations for safety practices & precautions
  • Factors to consider for any potential extended closures
  • PD & preferences for lesson delivery
The 2020-21 TEAM Observer Certification window is now open.  

Interested in supporting our observation process for school leaders this year? The state certification window is open through March 31, 2021, and certifications are valid until June. If you were certified last year, you should have received an email invitation to re-certify from either TEAM.Questions@tn.gov  or  Courtney.Rayburn@tn.gov . Opportunities are also available for first-time observer certifications. Get all the details, including registration links, here.
Take note of the new mileage reimbursement dates and details for 2020-21.

The Finance Department has announced the mileage reimbursement schedule for the new school year. Monthly mileage reports can be submitted using the Employee Portal. All approved local travel mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS allowable rate of 57.5 cents per mile. Get all the new dates and details here.
All staff must complete required SafeSchools training for OSHA and Board policies.

All employees must complete OSHA and Board policy training through SafeSchools by October 30. Get instructions for accessing the trainings here. For any additional questions, please email Anthony Krone at kronera@scsk12.org .
PLZ will be unavailable THIS WEEKEND.

PLZ will be down this weekend for scheduled performance upgrades. The site will be unavailable beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. until Sunday at around 6 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience during this temporary outage.
LAST CHANCE! Have thoughts on our 2020-21 calendar options? Haven't take our District confidence survey yet? Both surveys close FRIDAY!

Superintendent Ray is proposing a shift in the 2020-21 school year start date to August 31 based on the Governor's extended state of emergency declaration through August 29. If you haven't shared your input yet, access the calendar survey here.

Are you feeling confident in SCS? Now, more than ever, the ideas and support of those we serve is vital to continuing safe and effective education. If you haven't already, please take the 2020 Confidence Survey. Every voice matters!
Required Non-Instructional Evaluation (NIE) training starts July 1 for all SCS supervisors.

The Non-Instructional Evaluation (NIE) season is underway. We're kickstarting the year with our new  REQUIRED certification training   for central office and school-based supervisors who evaluate non-instructional staff. The training offers an in-depth look at:

  • NIE Rubric Breakdown
  • NIE Competency Review (Skills v. Behaviors)
  • Phases of the Process (Evaluator Actions)
  • Supervisor Support Tools

Register for the virtual session in  PLZ, course #23528   (9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 2 - 4 p.m.). Participants will receive a Microsoft Teams link by 4 p.m. the day before the session. For questions, please contact Aisha Thornton at  thorntonaz@scsk12.org   .
Interested in becoming a certified TEM observer for the 2020-21 year?

The TEM observer certification window is open now through July 31 Online and in-person courses are available.  Click the links below for more information.

Looking for help with your student loans? Assistance is coming soon from Tuition.io!

Are you looking for advice on how to manage your student loans but simply don’t know where to begin? Let SCS help you identify the best strategies for managing and paying off your college debt through our partnership with Tuition.io.  Employees will be receiving an email in the next few weeks  with info on how to take advantage of this excellent District benefit, including tools and calculators, options to speak with a student loan coach and advice for financing future educational goals for yourself or your children.

Don’t want to wait?   Sign up today by going to scs.tuition.io/register.  For more info, view these  FAQs or check out  this flyer .
You’re not alone! The Cigna Total Behavioral Health Program can help you move forward.

Cigna is offering SCS employees new services to help manage life events through the    Total Behavioral Health Program   . At no additional charge to you, you can receive face-to-face sessions with a licensed mental health professional in Cigna’s EAP network, plus online seminars, community resources and referrals on a range of topics, including:

  • Child care
  • Adoption
  • Senior care
  • Pet care
  • Legal and financial consultation services
  • Education
  • Summer camps
  • Parenting
  • Convenience services
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