Memorial service and celebration of life for Pedro Bidot on November 5, 2022

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After a strong battle with lung cancer, long-time Support Service Center employee Pedro Bidot passed away on September 25, 2022.

Pedro began his service to the Olympia School District in October 1985 as a custodian at Capital High School. He moved to Grounds and Food Service at Olympia High School, then finished his career at SSC as the painter and eventually the plumber. 

Pedro retired from the Olympia School District at the end of February 2022. Executive Director of Operations Frank Wilson said Pedro had a personality larger than life. “His smile was infectious and he was always available to provide historical perspective to issues around the district.”

A memorial service for Pedro will be held Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave. N.W., Olympia, WA 98502. A celebration of life will take place at 4 p.m. at South Puget Sound Community College in Lacey, 4220 6th Ave. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. All are welcome.

Employees may leave condolences or share memories and photos on a Tribute Wall that accompanies his obituary on the Funeral Alternatives of Washington website.

Updated version of Pandemic Safety Plan posted on website

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Read the latest version (Version 6.0) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Plan. The most current version of the plan is posted on both the staff Intranet and on the district website. Be sure to bookmark the link above for easy access.

The latest updates to the plan include:

  • Page 1: Date added to top left designating when the last update was made to this document, which has been reformatted as an accessible Google Doc. Language updated regarding the use of volunteers, outside of school activities, and overnight field trips.
  • Page 10: New links added to revised Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Pathways (Flowchart for Symptomatic Students and Staff).
  • Pages 11-13: Staff and Student COVID Testing Options – Decision Trees have been added.
  • Pages 14-16: Updated information added regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Page 17: Information added regarding Student Absences or Closures due to COVID-related circumstances
  • Page 18: Information updated regarding what employees should do if they receive a report of a positive, but unconfirmed case, of COVID-19 at schools or support buildings.
  • Page 19: Information added regarding Student Absence Tracking Procedures.

SSC launches new work order system

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The Support Service Center (SSC) has launched a new work order system, effective August 30. As a result, School Dude Maintenance Direct is no longer available to enter work orders.

Access to the new work order system, called Asset Essentials, is open to custodial staff, maintenance and grounds staff, building administrators, and Knox 111 department administrators. They have each been set up with a Dude Solutions account to enter work orders. Please contact your supervisor if you need to submit a work order.

New version of Return to Work Safety Plan posted on website

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Read the latest version (Version 5.0) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The most current version of the plan is posted on the staff Intranet and on the district website. Be sure to bookmark the link above for easy access. For those who prefer to visit the webpages where it is posted, the plan is shared in the following locations:

The latest update to the plan is:

  • Pages 13-14: These two pages have been updated to include the newest flowcharts from Thurston County Public Health and Social Services regarding information for employees and students who have been vaccinated. No other information has changed from the previous version of our Safety Plan.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.

New version of Return to Work Safety Plan posted on website

Read the latest version (Version 4.8) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The most current version of the plan is posted on both the staff Intranet and on the district website. Be sure to bookmark the link above for easy access. For those who prefer to visit the webpages where it is posted, the plan is shared in the following locations:

The latest updates to the plan include:

  • Page 2: New hyperlink to Department of Health “Tools to Prepare for Provision of In-Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Page 11: Updated verbiage in COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire questions.
  • Page 12: New hyperlinks to Washington State K-12 School Testing Guidance, and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services COVID-19 Testing Site.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.

New version of Return to Work Safety Plan posted on website

Read the latest version (Version 4.4) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The plan is posted on the staff Intranet, so be sure to sign in to Google to access the file, which is located under Departments, Safety & Risk Management. A copy of the plan is also posted on the district Internet site on the Support Services Department webpage, on the COVID-19 Response Protocol webpage, and on the In-Person and Remote Learning Updates webpage.

The latest changes to the plan include:

  • Page 12: New page outlining what employees do when they receive a report of a positive, but unconfirmed case of COVID-19 at schools or support buildings.
  • Pages 13-16: Pages have been updated to reflect the most current COVID-19 flowcharts from Thurston County Public Health and Social Services.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.

Latest version of Return to Work Safety Plan posted on website

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Read the latest version (Version 4.2) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The plan is posted on the staff Intranet, so be sure to sign in to Google to access the file, which is located under Departments, Safety & Risk Management. A copy of the plan is also posted on the district Internet site on the Support Services Department webpage, on the COVID-19 Response Protocol webpage, and on the In-Person and Remote Learning Updates webpage.

The latest changes to the pan include:

  • Page 1 under Item 2: Line D was added (Attestation).
  • Page 1 under item 3: “Sign out” language was removed.
  • Page 5 Health and Isolation Rooms by Location: Transportation, Knox 111 and SSC have been added to this table.
  • Pages 12-15: Pages have been updated to reflect the most current publication date (October 14, 2020) from Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. No other information has changed in the flowcharts from the previous version of our Safety Plan.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.

OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan 4.1 posted online

Read the latest version (Version 4.1) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The plan is posted on the staff Intranet, so be sure to sign in to Google to access the file, which is located under Departments, Safety & Risk Management. A copy of the plan is also posted on the district Internet site on the Support Services Department webpage and on the COVID-19 Response Protocol webpage.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.

Latest version of Return to Work Safety Plan (4.0) is posted on website

Read the latest version (Version 4.0) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The plan is posted on the staff Intranet, so be sure to sign in to Google to access the file, which is located under Departments, Safety & Risk Management. A copy of the plan is also posted on the district Internet site on the Support Services Department webpage and on the COVID-19 Response Protocol webpage.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.

Newest version of Return to Work Safety Plan is posted on website

Read the latest version (Version 3.1) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The plan is posted on the staff Intranet, so be sure to sign into Google to access the file, which is located under Departments, Safety & Risk Management. A copy of the plan is also posted on the district Internet site on the Support Services Department webpage.

Please remember to follow all safety and health protocols outlined in the plan.