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The following is a copy of a message emailed to all OSD staff on August 30, 2021 explaining Gov. Jay Inslee’s directive requiring all K-12 school district employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment.
Message emailed to OSD employees on August 30, 2021:
As a condition of employment, all OSD employees must provide valid proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, or a valid religious or medical exemption, by October 18, 2021.
In order to meet this requirement, you must have received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by October 4, 2021.
Following is the process to verify your vaccination status with your supervisor, or request an exemption from Human Resources:
Verify Vaccination Status Show your supervisor a valid proof of vaccination for COVID-19 as outlined in the Washington State Department of Health Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. Due to the confidential nature of this information, please do not email this information to your supervisor; rather, show it to them in person. The district will not retain copies of this documentation.
Religious Exemption To request a religious exemption, complete the form provided by OSPI, which we have posted on the Human Resources Section of the Forms page on the staff intranet. Download the form, fill out, and make a copy for yourself. To avoid sending sensitive documents electronically, and due to the confidential nature of this information, either send the hard copy via the district mail courier to the Human Resources Department, Attention Danielle Enger, or drop off in person at the Knox 111 Administrative Center in a sealed envelope marked Human Resources, Attention Danielle Enger.
Medical Exemption/Accommodation To request a medical exemption/accommodation, please complete the form posted on the Human Resources Section of the Forms page on the staff intranet. Download the form, fill out, and make a copy for yourself. To avoid sending sensitive documents electronically, and due to the confidential nature of this information, either send the hard copy via the district mail courier to the Human Resources Department, Attention Danielle Enger, or drop off in person at the Knox 111 Administrative Center in a sealed envelope marked Human Resources, Attention Danielle Enger.
As most of you know, all paras in the Olympia School District (except preschool paras and bus monitors) are required to take 28 hours of training for the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS). The ESD 113 is providing some upcoming training opportunities for Olympia School District paraeducators. During the 2021-22 school year, 14 hours of training is required – 11 hours will be via Zoom, and 3 hours will be asynchronous courses.
Please note that space is limited for the Zoom sessions to 30 people per training, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Asynchronous training can be completed on your own time, but due no later than July 31, 2022.
If you are unsure what training you need please email April Pigue at firstname.lastname@example.org you sign up for any of the training.
You MUST use the registration links listed below. These are for OSD use only. You will be unable to use the “search” function in pdEnroller.
September 27-30 Mon-Wed, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Registration Link
November 29-December 2 Mon-Wed, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Registration Link
The District recently received information from OSPI that the reimbursement to the District for those paras who completed the FCS 14 hours during the 2020-2021 school year has been delayed. Therefore, those eligible for the stipend will be paid in their October paycheck. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Human Resources will be issuing reasonable assurance letters to classified employees that meet the following criteria:
Your work calendar has less than 260 work days per year and
You have a continuing position for the 2021-2022 school year
Letters will be issued via Skyward no later than Thursday, May 27, 2021. Classified employees will need to check their OSD email for notification on when their letter is available for review and signature. Once available, employees need to log in to Employee Access on Skyward. There will be a pop-up with a link to the letter and instructions for each step. Letters need to be reviewed and signed no later than June 15, 2021.
You may find step by step instructions on how to access and sign your RA Letter by clicking here.
If you plan to resign or retire prior to the 2021-22 school year, please complete the Notice of Separation form and send it to the Human Resources department. Please note: the employee is still responsible for notifying the administrator.
For questions, please contact:
Laura Emmil Classified Contracts Coordinator (Elementary Paras, Bus Monitors, Knox Paras, OEAPA & OTPAA) Email: email@example.com
The Olympia School District is joining the state in recognizing Education Support Professionals Week March 8-12.
Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation during the February 25 Olympia School Board meeting recognizing March 8-12, 2021 as Education Support Professionals Week. Copies of the proclamation will be sent to leaders of the district’s Education Support employee bargaining units, many of whom were in attendance on the Zoom meeting. They include:
OTPAA Amy McGuire and Alicia Snyder
OPA Mario Mejia
OEAPA Brandi Sorem
OEA-AAA Melvin Smith
Teamsters Shandi Cardin William Knight (Technology) Paul Sierra (Maintenance) Tim Walling (Grounds) Mary Hiatt (Custodial) Calvin Dawson (Custodial) Tommy Gallegos (Transportation) Sandra Keyt (Child Nutrition Services)
More than 800 education support professionals work with and help children throughout our district. They are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and school grounds; providing administrative support; preparing and serving meals; providing safe transportation; keeping school facilities clean; assisting in the classroom; providing a secure environment; providing information technology and media services; and offering other specialized services.
The resolution states in part that “education support professionals are instrumental in fulfilling the state’s responsibility to educate all students.” The one-page resolution, which will be posted in every school and support building from March 8-12, also states that by supporting the learning environment, “education support professionals are crucial partners with teachers, parents, administrators and school boards.”
Please remember to thank an education support professional working in our schools.
Paraeducators please note: The February session for the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) through ESD 113 is full. If you were on the waitlist, the ESD will be contacting you via email with the option to be transferred to the May session.
If you have not registered, you may sign up for the May training. Spots are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. The July training dates are yet to be determined.
Register for the May training by clicking the link below:
ESD 113 Fundamental Course of Study Training May 1/8/15/22, 11am-2pm Registration Link
With the reinstatement of the additional, weekly unemployment benefit of $300, the Employment Security Department (ESD) has notified us that new fraudulent claims are being reported around the state. The ESD has asked us to share the following information regarding fraudulent unemployment claim activity.
To help prevent any potential fraud, you may create a SAW account with the State of Washington. View instructions for creating a SAW account. If you have been the victim of fraud in another state, you will need to contact that specific state. You may also want to create a SAW account in order to prevent a fraudulent Washington claim.
If you were a victim of unemployment fraud in 2020:
If you were a victim of unemployment fraud with the ESD in 2020 and receive a tax form 1099 from the ESD, you should contact the ESD directly. Because the ESD issued the 1099 form, they must be the one to correct the error. The ESD can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (866-697-4831). Email contact is preferred.