• Friday Reminders for 11/9/2018
    SafeSchools Trainings
    Just a reminder to be sure to complete the SafeSchools trainings by the deadline.
     
    Below are several trainings that were due to be completed by October 31, and are now overdue if you have not completed them and are required to do so:
     
    Employee Policy Review 2018-2019 for All Employees - All Employees - (8 employees have not completed yet)
    2018-2019 Annual Educator and Support Staff Policy Review - All Employees - (10 employees have not completed yet)
    Inclement Weather Memo - Classified Employees Only - (2 employees have not completed yet)
    Please check your SafeSchools portal for completion.
     
    Youth Suicide: In house training on October 5 or Jason Flatt (SafeSchools) (1 hour) - Jason Flatt training is due by 11/30
     
    Please contact me with questions about SafeSchools and the trainings assigned to you.
     
    FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act
    Covered employers under the FMLA are required to allow eligible employees up to 12 weeks of FMLA within a 12-month period for the following reasons:
    • The birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption or foster care;
    • To bond with a child (leave must be taken within 1 year o fthe child's birth or placement);
    • To care for the employee's spouse, child, or parent who has a qualifying serious health condition;
    • For the employee's own qualifying serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee's job;
    • For qualifying exigencies related to the foreign deployment of a military member who is the employee's spouse, child, or parent.
    Employees must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for FMLA leave.  The employee must:
    • Have worked for the employer for at least 12 months
    • Have at least 1,250 hours of service in the 12 months before taking leave; and
    • Work at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles of the employee's worksite.
    Verbal or written requests for FMLA should be made through Human Resources as soon as possible, or can be made by a family member if the employee is unable to do so.  
     
    If you are unsure if you qualify, or have questions about taking FMLA, contact Human Resources.  
     
    Employees who are absent more than three days, who have not requested FMLA, will receive a notice of eligibility whether or not they have notified their supervisor or Human Resources of the need for a leave of absence.  Please see the attached FMLA Guide for Employees for more information or see the UASD policy 335 for Family Medical Leave Act.
     
    Health and Wellness
    A DIY Health Expert will be offering five do-it- yourself tips on relevant health and wellness issues each month.   This month's issue includes:  Fit in exercise: 10 minutes at a time, Avoid the All or Nothing Mentality, Healthy Versions of Seasonal Food Favorites (and Leftovers), Give Back, and Rethink Your Drink.  
    Click on the link below to access the November issue, just in time for the holidays!
     
     
    From Highmark
    Helpful Health Tools and Information are just a click away.  See the attached flyer from Highmark.
     
    Friday Reminders for 11/2/2018
    ESS Northeast Substitute Services
    Did you know that as a district employee, you can receive a $75 gift card for every person that you refer to ESS for substituting?  If you are interested please read the attached flyer, Referral Program, from ESS and visit the website address on the flyer.

    Health and Wellness
    Diabetes Prevention
    Are you at risk for diabetes, or would you like to work on preventing diabetes?  Highmark has two programs specially designed for diabetes prevention.  You can do an online program or if you enjoy working with others, you can participate in a program at your local YMCA.  If you are interested please read the attachments for the Highmark Diabetes Program.  Highmark Overview, Retrofit ProgramYMCA Program
     
    November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
    In the United States there are over 5 million people living with Alzheimer's disease, or some form of dementia.  For those who have a loved one suffering from this disease, it can be very stressful trying to balance work, caring for children/grandchildren at home, and other obligations they may have while caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.  If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, please know that you are not alone.  There are many resources to help you navigate as a caregiver, and support groups to learn and share your story  with.  For more information and where to find assistance for elderly needs, visit the Wellspan EAP link to Eldercare at http://www.wellspaneap.org/resources/eldercare/ .  People who are not directly caring for their loved one, can benefit from this information as well.
     
    PSERS (Pennsylvania School Employee Retirement System)
    PSERS will present a Foundations For Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, on November 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  For more information, contact PSERS at 888.773.7748 or go to the PSERS website at www.psers.pa.gov
     
    Friday Reminders for 10/26/2018
    From the Business Office
     
    Travel Reimbursement and Conference Reimbursement Forms Revised October 2018
    The Travel Reimbursement and Conference Reimbursement forms have been revised and are attached.  A note has been added to both forms, at the bottom, that states "sales tax will not be reimbursed".  This is not new information, however it is now being noted on the forms.  
     
    Please keep in mind that each form must be completed and turned in with the appropriate signatures to receive reimbursement. Be sure to complete the proper form for each type (Travel or Conference) of reimbursement being requested (the travel/conference reimbursement form was separated into two form and emailed to everyone July, 2017).  Travel and conferences may not be listed on the same form.  Forms not completed correctly will be returned to the employee.
     
    Any travel reimbursement or conference reimbursement form that does not have the October 2018 date at the top, will be returned to the employee.  The new forms are also available on the district website under staff page, forms.
     
    Conference versus School Business and Information for Final Processing of Reimbursement Requests
    Know the difference when requesting your absences in the absence portal, and the proper procedure to follow to receive reimbursement for travel and conferences.  See the attached memo for more detailed information.
     
    Health and Wellness
     
    From Highmark 
    If you are enrolled in the district health insurance there are certain health care services that are considered preventive and are covered 100% with both the PPO BLUE and the QDHP (high deductible with HSA) plans.  Preventive care is not subject to the annual deductible, and no copays are applied to these services.  There are health care services for both adults and children.  The 2019 Preventive Schedule is attached.  Any changes to this schedule from 2018, are included in a separate attachment
     
    From Delta Dental
    See the attached flyer regarding pregnancy and keeping your teeth healthy.

     
    Friday Reminders for 10/19/2018
     
    Source4Teachers Name Change and Services Information 
    UASD partners with Source4Teachers, now called ESS (Education Staffing Services) for the hiring of District teacher and support substitutes.  In July, it was also announced that the school board approved a partnership with ESS Educational Support Staff services for the hiring of permanent employees through attrition (when a position becomes open due to resignation or retirement) or by choice of transitioning employment to ESS.  When a support position is vacated, and there are no internal candidates for the position, ESS will source and hire someone to fill the vacancy.
     
    ESS is currently extending its services to our district by having the presence of one of their hiring managers in our district 2 days a week, every Tuesday and Thursday.  ESS will use these days to assist applicants through the hiring process, meet with and collect paperwork from applicants, answer any questions or assist the district schools, and ESS substitutes, with any issues they may have.
     
    If you know of anyone who may want to substitute for UASD, please refer them to the district website and employment page to complete an application, or if you or anyone have questions, they may stop by and meet with one of the hiring managers.  Please contact me if you, or someone you know would like to set up an appointment with ESS.  
     
    Also, ESS will be holding a hiring event on Friday, October 26 from 10am-12pm
    (see attached flyer) in the boardroom of the District office.  Look for:  Meet and greet, and more hiring events to come!
     
    Wellness
    Daily Victory and Weigh Today Apps from WebMD.  Get into healthy habits, and download your free apps today!  See the attached flyer for more information.
     
    Friday Reminders for 10/11/2018
     
    Youth Suicide Training on SafeSchools
     Everyone at Arendtsville, Bendersville, UA Middle, and High school will receive an email from Safeschools that they must complete the training.  If you attended the suicide training on October 5, you do not need to complete the one on Safeschools.  I will be manually entering the completion for all of those who signed in on the sign in sheets at the October 5th training, which will take some time.  If you know that you attended the training, please wait until next week to check your portal to see if you have a completion for it.  
    Those who did not attend the suicide training and are required to do so on the Safeschools portal and must complete it by November 30.
     
    ESS Substitute Hiring Event October 26
    The district is in need of substitutes for all positions.  A hiring event will be held on Friday October 26, from 10:00am - 2pm.  Please see the attached flyer for more information, and feel free to share it with people you know. 
     
    Free Professional Development Opportunity For Science/Social Studies Educators

    When:  Monday, October 15 - "My Educational Tools - Nature & Travel’" -   by Cindy Ross
     
    Cindy Ross is the author of six published books on the outdoors as well as over 1,000 magazine articles. Her 7th book, The World is Our Classroom - How One Family Used Nature & Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education, came out on September 1, 2018. 
     
    Refreshments begin at 7 PM.  
    The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. and will be held at the Ag Center in Gettysburg at 670 Old Harrisburg Road.
     
    2018 Medicare Part D Notice
    The 2018 Medicare Part D Notice is attached for all employees who are enrolled in the district health insurance.  This notice is updated and emailed annually per ACA requirements to employees.  The notice will also be posted on the staff page link for required notices.
     
    Friday Reminders for 10/5/2018
     
    Substitutes Needed!

    The district is in need of substitutes in teacher positions as well as nurse assistant, instructional assistant, and secretaries.  If you know of anyone who would like to substitute for our district, please direct them to the employment link on our district website or they may contact me for more information.

    Travel Reimbursement Forms

    Please send all travel reimbursement forms to Sandy Asper in the District Central Office.

    Suicide Training

    All employees who are in Arendtsville, Bendersville, UA Middle, and High Schools who did not attend the suicide training on October 5, will be required to complete suicide training on SafeSchools.  Those individuals will receive an email with a link to the training.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

    PSERS Foundations For Your Future Meeting (For all employees in the PA School Employee Retirement System)

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations For Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, on November 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM. These FFYF presentations provide members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all non-retired members attend an FFYF program presentation, especially if planning to retire within the year.

    Advance registration is not required to attend any of these large-group meetings. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335if you require an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate.