Register by March 4 for Retirement Planning Seminar on March 7

Open notebook with words "My Plan" at the top and person preparing to write with a penThinking about retirement?

If you are within five years of retirement, you will want to attend this annual Retirement Planning Seminar to learn about your retirement plans (Plan 2 or Plan 3), medical/dental options, sick leave buyout (VEBA), social security options and how to use a retirement planner.

Register by March 4 for the seminar, sponsored by the Thurston County School Retirees Association. The seminar will be held from 4-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the New Market Skills Center, 7299 New Market St. S.W. in Tumwater.

To register, contact Ronald Crawford at ronaldwcrawford1@comcast.net or (360) 236-9305. Registration fee is $10 (pay at the door, and spouse is free).

HR procedures for weather-related delays and closures

Snow covered trees in the marina with boats in the backgroundThe following is shared by the Human Resources department. Please retain this information for weather-related delays and closures. Hopefully this will be a useful reference document to make weather-related decisions clearer for everyone.

LATE START
Contractual language and past practice allows for modified schedules due to emergency conditions in which employees may, with the approval of their supervisor, 1) arrange with a supervisor to make up the time missed in regular-time status, 2) take a salary deduction for the time missed, 3) work regularly scheduled time if safety permits, 4) use vacation leave, or 5) arrange with a supervisor to complete their work at an alternate location. Safety permitting, employees should report to work per their regular schedules. Teachers should be at the work site at least 30 minutes prior to students arriving.

EARLY RELEASE
Contractual language and past practice allows for early release provisions due to emergency conditions in which employees may, with the approval of their supervisor, leave early and 1) arrange with a supervisor to make up the time missed in regular-time status, 2) take a salary deduction for the time missed, 3) work regularly scheduled time if safety permits, 4) use vacation leave, or 5) arrange with a supervisor to complete their work at an alternate location. Safety permitting, employees should report to work per their regular schedules.

CLOSURE
Because contracted staff who work a typical school schedule will make up their time when student days have been rescheduled, there is no need for them to take leave at this time. For year-round and other employees who provide non-student related services, contractual language and past practice allows for closure due to emergency conditions in which employees may, with the approval of their supervisor, 1) arrange with a supervisor to make up the time missed in regular-time status, 2) take a salary deduction for the time missed, 3) work regularly scheduled time if safety permits, 4) use vacation leave, or 5) arrange with a supervisor to complete their work at an alternate location. Safety permitting, employees should report to work per their regular schedules.

Thank you for your dedication to the Olympia School District. We appreciate your efforts and hope that you remain safe during inclement weather conditions.

Nominate the next OSD Teacher of the Year

Directive to "Nominate the Next OSD Teacher of the Year"The Olympia School District is accepting nominations through Friday, February 15, for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Teacher of the Year.

The program recognizes the work of teachers who have made a positive difference in their profession. Any Washington public school teacher who has a current certificate and works directly with students for at least 50 percent of his/her time is eligible to be nominated.

Please complete the online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized based on who best exemplifies the following Teacher of the Year criteria (please include examples of the following in your nomination):

  • The teacher has the respect and admiration of their colleagues;
  • The teacher is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
  • The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
  • The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Teacher of the Year selection process.

View the online nomination form

Thinking about retirement? Register for March 7 Retirement Planning Seminar

Open notebook with words "My Plan" at the top and person preparing to write with a penThinking about retirement?

If you are within five years of retirement, you will want to attend this annual Retirement Planning Seminar to learn about your retirement plans (Plan 2 or Plan 3), medical/dental options, sick leave buyout (VEBA), social security options and how to use a retirement planner.

Register by March 4 for the seminar, sponsored by the Thurston County School Retirees Association. The seminar will be held from 4-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the New Market Skills Center, 7299 New Market St. S.W. in Tumwater.

To register, contact Ronald Crawford at ronaldwcrawford1@comcast.net or (360) 236-9305. Registration fee is $10 (pay at the door, and spouse is free).

Learn about new Washington paid family and medical leave benefits

Starting in 2020, Washington will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave benefits. This benefit offers partially paid leave to care for yourself or a loved one in times of serious illness or injury, to bond with a new child joining your home through birth, adoption or foster placement, and for certain military-connected events if you have a family member in active duty service.

As a worker in Washington, you will experience a few changes in 2019. In your first paycheck of 2019, you might notice a new deduction. For example, if your pre-tax wages are $50,000 per year, you may pay up to about $10.56 from each paycheck. Employers contribute to this program too, so we’re in this together.

In 2020, you will be able to apply for leave when you experience a qualifying event and have worked 820 hours (about 16 hours a week, on average) in the year leading up to your date of leave.

This isn’t like paid sick leave; you will file your claim with the Employment Security Department (ESD), and your payment will come from ESD. Typically, you’ll have access to up to 12 weeks of paid leave. You can learn more at www.paidleave.wa.gov/workers.

Do you have questions? Ask your HR representative or ask your questions directly to the Paid Family and Medical Leave program at paidleave@esd.wa.gov. You can also find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @PaidLeaveWA.

OEA Seniority List is posted on staff intranet

The OEA Seniority List is now posted on the OSD website staff intranet. Employees may access the list here (you will first be prompted to log in to the staff intranet).

Per the OEA Bargaining Agreement, employees have 20 working days (February 12, 2019) to report any dispute regarding their experience. Such disputes must be submitted in writing with supporting documentation to the district and OEA. If no such dispute is submitted, it is presumed the employee agrees with his/her placement.

This seniority list includes employees who hold continuing contracts only (employees with one-year only contracts are not included). A final list will be posted on the district staff intranet in March.

Questions?

Elementary teachers with questions may contact Stephanie Brownell at stbrownell@osd.wednet.edu.

Secondary teachers/Student Support/Itinerants with questions may contact Maureen Baker at mbaker@osd.wednet.edu.

Certificated Teachers: February 15 is deadline for early retirement and/or resignation incentive

The Olympia School District and the Olympia Education Association offer employees (OEA membership only) an early retirement and/or resignation incentive. Since we are always anxious to post and find the best qualified candidates for openings, we are hoping to hear from you early if you are planning to retire or resign at the end of this 2018-19 school year.

The district is offering two paid days (fill out a time slip in June) at the end of the school year for any OEA member who provides a letter of retirement or resignation to the Human Resources Department on or before February 15, 2019.

If you have already provided the Human Resources department a letter of resignation or retirement, you have done what you need to do in order to receive the two incentive days. Remember: in June you must submit a time slip for the two incentive days. On the time slip, write “Early Notice Incentive” and record 6 hours for each day — a total of 12 hours. This incentive time is intended to be paid time so you can “tie up loose ends, pack and check out of your building.” Time slips must be turned in by June 30 of this year to receive the early incentive payment.

If you submit your letter of resignation or retirement after February 15, 2019, you will not be eligible for the two incentive days.

As always, thank you for your dedication to the Olympia School District.