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May 28, 2020
Mike Stevens, thank you for taking the time to reach out to me today and a huge shout out for reaching out to IEA President Kathi Griffin regarding unemployment. Although we did know most of this it is relieving to finally hear someone guide us and say “I encourage you to file a claim for unemployment after the school term ends.”
This message below is an email response from IEA President Kathi Griffin…..
I was able to consult with both our Director of Government Relations and IEA’s General Counsel. This is the answer to your question.
HB 2455, once signed by Governor Pritzker, will expand Illinois’ unemployment insurance program for the calendar year for some Illinois workers. This includes ESPs who have a problem obtaining employment between school terms such as during the summer break. As the law currently exists, educational employees do not qualify for unemployment benefits between school terms if they have a “reasonable expectation” of returning to their job at the start of the next school term. HB 2455, once signed, will temporarily remove the disqualifying factor of being between school terms for certain non-instructional, educational employees. As a result, an ESP who is unemployed or underemployed during the summer break may be eligible for regular unemployment benefits even if they expect to resume work in the fall. In line with IDES’ advice, if you are out of work or have reduced work during the summer break, I encourage you to file a claim for unemployment after the school term ends. The location of this language in HB 2455 can be found on page 69.

 

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=108&GA=101&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=2455&GAID=15&LegID=118463&SpecSess=&Session=&fbclid=IwAR3gnXh1WbDO0f24xGcpXcfUQkJYUSZ5rgJCpleKEjRadVOyIQ7n27j0vOc


May 26, 2020

Dear DUTU Members,

We hope this message finds you well and staying healthy.

We received an email on Sunday May 24, 2020 from IEA President Kathi Griffin. She stated in her email this….

“Unemployment eligibility expansion – Ensures Illinois continues to qualify for federal relief packages by extending unemployment benefits, waiving the one-week unemployment insurance waiting period, and expanding eligibility for unemployment to non-instructional education employees, such as lunch workers and teachers’ aides.”

It is important to know that IDES makes determinations whether someone is eligible and it is done on a case-by-case basis. You should also keep in mind that if you receive benefits, but are later found to be ineligible for whatever reason, you could be liable to pay that money back to the state.

Our original last day of work was May 27, 2020 per approved district calendar. As of now DUTU’s last work day is May 28, 2020. Why you ask? Well…..our work year was extended by 1 day because March 16, 2020 we used an emergency to be paid. However, Governor Pritzker has since labeled March 16, 2020 as an “Act of God” day. Therefore, the district is extending our work year by 1 day along with paying out our remaining 2 emergency days.

Your DUTU officers have been working diligenlty at keeping everyone updated and getting out factual information. Please continue to reveiw the official “DUTU Members Only” facebook page, DUTU’s official website at http://www.mydutu.org and of course your district email.

Thank you and have a great day,

Heather Weiss – DUTU President
Elsy (Macy) Morales – DUTU Vice President
Shawn Bernhardson – DUTU Secretary
Sheri Slania – DUTU Treasurer

Quick Link for PUA info
https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/pages/learn-about-pua.aspx

FINAL.May 2020. CARES ACT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

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Pick Times:

Drivers

Assistants

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Email from Beth Lapa
Tuesday May 26th at 2:08pm

Summer 2020 Work for Bid

Good Afternoon,
It is really starting to feel like summer, hopefully you are all out enjoying the warmth and sunshine.
Please reference the below link for summer work available. On this sheet you will find 14 positions for bus washing. There are 11 driver positions and 3 assistant positions available, same program we ran last year.
On Thursday, you will be expected to call into the main number by your pick time. So if your pick time is listed at 6:30 AM, then you can start calling into dispatch at 6:25 AM. If we do not receive a call from you by the pick times listed, we will assume you are passing on the work.
We will send out a robo call and email when all driver and assistant slots are filled, notifying the team that pick is closed. This bid sheet is a live document, so you will also be able to view who is picking as we go.
After pick day, we will follow our normal summer procedures and post any new work through Teleposting. Instructions on Teleposting will be sent to the team at a later date in the near future.
Our main number to call on Thursday is 847-888-5095.
If there are any questions, please call our main number for clarification.
Take care. Stay safe and healthy.
Beth Lapa
Assistant Director
School District U-46 Transportation
847.888.5095 ext. 7020
elizabethlapa@u-46.org
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Email from Beth Lapa
May 22, 2020
Transportation Personal Items Pick Up
Good Afternoon Team,
Happy Friday! I hope this email finds you all well and staying healthy!
Below you will find a link to complete if you are in need of picking up personal items from your bus and/or your locker. Please complete this form by Friday, May 29th. Our plan is to start item pick up on Monday, June 8th.
The plan for pick up will be a drive up/hand off procedure in order to keep you from exiting your vehicle and/or opening your car door. If applicable, office staff will be placing your items in your trunk, which will allow for minimal contact.
We understand that there may be some items that belong to multiple people from the same bus, and in those instances, we will have the items separated by bus and placed on a table for you to pick up what belongs to you.
After we collect the information from the form, we will be sending out another email the week of June 1st that includes the day and time slot for pick up for all who have responded to the form.
If you have a locker that has a lock on it, this time slot will allow for you to enter the building and retrieve those items as well. If your locker is unlocked, we will have those items collected for you to retrieve when you pull up to the building.
Please keep in mind, this is not a time to come to the garage to socialize and catch up with each other. So if you are filing out this form, it is because you NEED the items on your bus and/or out of your locker.
The staff that will be assisting in this event will be wearing masks and gloves, we ask that you practice wearing personal protective equipment, as well as, adhering to social distancing guidelines.
If there are any questions, please call our main line at 847-888-5095 for assistance.
Take care and stay safe and healthy.
Beth Lapa
Assistant Director
School District U-46 Transportation
847.888.5095 ext. 7020
elizabethlapa@u-46.org
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Posted May 18, 2020
Hello DUTU Members,
Please see the special edition newsletter containing information and candidate statements for the upcoming DUTU election.
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Email from Carin Bjorn
May 14, 2020 at 10:11am
Good morning,
So many of you have emailed me with good news of you taking your class online. Congratulations! I know this has been a struggle for some of you that didn’t have your district email setup prior to this week. Thank you to all those that have helped our team members get through this. I can tell you, many, many hours have been spent this week to help. Again, thank you!
There are several of you that did not receive the emails from the ROE as expected. I have spoken to many of you but wanted to give everyone knowledge of events. This error had to do with the initial email address provided to the ROE was incorrect. A separate spreadsheet was sent yesterday afternoon with the correct information and the ROE planned on making the correction and sending out to the revised email address. However, this morning the ROE decided to reschedule those individuals for the class for those affected for Tuesday, May 19th rather than send out an updated email for today’s class.
Let me give you an example. The initial spreadsheet was sent to tomhelgerson@u-46.org The email address should have read thomashelgerson@u-46.org Because of this error, Tom did not receive the email from the ROE. Again, not Tom or anyone affected is at fault. But I do apologize. I’m sure after the struggle and frustration of getting into your district email this week and anticipating taking the class, only to be disappointed when no email came through. Discouraging. I understand. And I do apologize for this. There will be no charge to anyone that was unable to take the online class today because of this error. After I receive confirmation from the ROE of your attendance and completion, you will be paid (2) hour for your refresher class.
Stay well and healthy!
Carin Bjorn
Safety & Operations Manager, Transportation
School District U-46
500 Shales Parkway
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-5095, x7315
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Email from Carin Bjorn
May 13, 2020 at 4:57pm

Hello team members,

Are you ready?   I think so  *.*
 
Every driver was contacted today.  All 335 of you.  If you’re reading this email from your district email address, high 5!  You’re ready to take the online refresher class tomorrow.   If you’re reading this from mydutu.org website in which Heather posts for you, you’ll need to reach out to the helpdesk@u-46.org and receive assistance to provide a new password.  
 
Several of us took the class on Tuesday so we would be prepared for any concerns or calls that may come on Thursday.  Paulette put together a Word document with some helpful hints that you can use along the way.  I’ve attached the document to the end of this email.  To open the document, double click on the  attachment “Online Refresher Helpful Hints” and you’ll see each helpful hint listed.    
 
The class curriculum is informative, thought provoking, encouraging, reminds you that your career choice as a school bus driver is essential.  Oh, and the tests are not difficult.  Don’t worry.  You’ll pass.  All the others passed on Tuesday.  In fact, I’ve received their certificate of completion from the Regional Office of Education already!
 
I don’t want anymore anxiety and stress to come your way regarding the process and getting your U-46 email address up and running.  Now that you have it, check it often.  I’m sure you’ve read the emails from Beth, Tony, Human Resources, as well as me.   One of our team members had over 1,200 emails to read (or delete) in her account.  She hadn’t ever signed in before.  I’m sure she’s still reading them.  Or deleting them!
 
Things happen.  Life is life.  We’re going through uncharted waters and navigating our way to and from.   If by chance, you are unable to take the online refresher class tomorrow, reach out to me by email.  Those of you that sent a text to Heather earlier today, I’m aware of you.  We’ll work it out.  I’m not going to allow anyone to compromise their CDL or to fail in the process.  Each one of you is a necessity to make this operation run.  Remember that.  *.*
You got this!  You’re ready!
 

 

Carin Bjorn

Safety & Operations Manager, Transportation 
School District U-46
500 Shales Parkway
Elgin, IL   60120
(847) 888-5095, x7315
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Email from Beth Lapa
May 12, 2020 at 10:19am
Good MorningTeam,
We hope this email finds you all well. We wanted to give an update regarding summer school.
The district will be continuing distance learning for the summer. So that means, there will be no in-district face to face summer programs.
There may still be a possibility for a few of our out-of-district therapeutic facilities to have full or part-time face to face instruction over the summer, however those decisions have not yet been determined.
We also want to continue our postings for extra work over the summer, like bus washing, however this too is undecided as of now.
We will ensure to keep the team updated as soon as information becomes available to us.
So in light of the possibilities for some summer work, please reference below sheets for pick time assignments for summer 2020.
Lastly, we are developing a plan for the department to pick up personal belongings from the buses and lockers. We will have this communication out over the next couple weeks, please stay tuned.
Please continue to monitor your district email for important messages from Tony Sanders and other departments.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy.
Beth Lapa
Assistant Director
School District U-46 Transportation
847.888.5095 ext. 7020
elizabethlapa@u-46.org
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Unemployment Insurance/PUA update.
May 11, 2020 
Hello again everyone. I hope that you all had a good weekend. There were a couple updates on unemployment we would like to share. First, attached is a one-page document IEA put together to summarize the expansion of unemployment benefits under the CARES Act. Second, is the following:
IEA is trying to get some guidance from IDES on whether the COVID-19’s impact will impact the way it assesses claims by education employees who are applying for benefits between school terms.
Even if we get some input from IDES it is important to know that IDES makes determinations whether someone is eligible and it is done on a case-by-case basis. You should also keep in mind that if you receive benefits, but are later found to be ineligible for whatever reason, you could be liable to pay that money back to the state.
Hope you all are safe and healthy. I will keep sharing information about unemployment as it is received.
“IDES is encouraging every individual who is unemployed or underemployed to file a claim for regular unemployment benefits, even if they believe they are not covered by the unemployment system. According to IDES, applying for and being denied regular unemployment benefits can be evidence that an individual qualifies for benefits under the PUA program which provides benefits to individuals who are unemployed or underemployed for reasons attributable to COVID-19 and not otherwise covered by the state’s regular unemployment insurance program.”
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Email from Carin Bjorn
May 11, 2020 at 2:39pm

Hello team members,

Management, Route Assistants & Mechanics:
The rest of the email is addressing the mandatory (2) Hour Refresher class mandated by the Secretary of State to complete annually for the CDL permit holders.    However, I didn’t want to ignore the rest of you that may be reading this.  I do hope you’re safe, social distancing and staying healthy!
I’m excited to announce the Regional Office of Education has completed the online refresher class.  It is crucial you have your login username and password for your district email account.  We have been stressing the importance of logging into the account for some time now.  Let’s say you have forgotten your email password.  You will need to sign into your personal email account and send an email to the helpdesk@u-46.org  The helpdesk will assist you from there.  Do not wait until the day of the class to take care of this.  Again, emailing the HelpDesk at helpdesk@u-46.org from your personal email account is the expectation.  Calling the HelpDesk will only prolong the process.  Email only.
Email helpdesk@u-46.org to receive a temporary password which you will enter on the School District U-46 Password Management site.  Click the link below to change the password: 
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Let me go over the requirements of the online class and explain how this will work.
You will receive an email on your district email Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 12:01 am with login credentials.  The online course is designed to take no more than two hours to complete.  Once the course begins, it must be completed on the same day.  The class is intended to be taken on an Ipad or laptop computer.   The ROE is discouraging anyone using their cell phone as the .pdf and video presentation may be compromised in viewing.  After you finish the class, the ROE will receive confirmation of your attendance and participation.  Certificates will be sent to me which I will provide to you in August.
Several of us will be taking the class tomorrow and I will then know if the site has any errors, bugs so to speak to work out before you take your class on Thursday.
Questions?  No!  Wonderful.  Thank you for your patience!  We got this *.* right?  Right!  OK if you have questions, email me!
Carin Bjorn
Safety & Operations Manager, Transportation 
School District U-46
500 Shales Parkway
Elgin, IL   60120
(847) 888-5095, x7315
 
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Message from Heather Weiss
Thursday 5/7/20
FYI….I have been notified today that the district will no longer be paying overtime to anyone that is agreeing to do work that is being offered. Just wanted to share since the district has not done so!!!!! 😡
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Email from Carin Bjorn
Monday 5/4 at 2:47pm
Hello team members,
As I’ve said before, hang in there. Continue to practice social distancing. Mimimum 20 second hand washing. Wear a mask. Go out into the public only when necessary. The well being of you and your loved ones must remain the priority.
(2) Hour Refresher classes
As you know, all the classes have been canceled. The Illinois State Board of Education has given authorization to the Regional Office of Education to develop the curriculum for online. I’m confident it will be something like the GCN training module. I’ll send a separate email with the “how-to’s” once the ROE has finalized the steps. If we should go beyond our previous refresher class held May 17, 2019, the State has provided an additional 30 day grace period.
CDL Permit Expiring in June or July
Drivers that have their permit expiring during the month of June or July will be contacted by phone this week by me. The drivers will be given authorization to have the annual physical performed at Advocate Sherman on Royal Blvd in Elgin. Appointments must be made by calling Advocate at (224) 783-4440, press 1. Hours of operation are 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Monday thru Friday and 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, Sunday and Holiday. Advocate has a triage screening process in place for anyone being seen that will protect both patients and staff members. The SOS has provided a 30 day grace period, however, please do not wait until the permit’s final validation date.
Once you arrive and sign in, you’ll receive the Secretary of State recertification form to complete. This is the same form you would be given if at base. Complete the form, sign and provide a check or money order for $4.00, payable to the Secretary of State or SOS. Return the form and either the check or money order to the nurse and he/she will place it with the physical. Each Friday, I pick up the physicals along with the recertification form and check or money order. The form requires specific information to be completed by Janis or Shelly (me in their absence). The original will be sent by FedX overnight to the Secretary of State. And as a reminder, don’t forget to sign the form or check/money order.
Once your permit has been received and renewed, the SOS will send you a confirmation letter. I will need a copy of this letter for your file. You can provide a scanned copy and send it to my email address or wait until we’re together again and make a copy. Whichever works best for you.
For all the drivers whose CDL permit expires beyond July, a follow up email will be sent at another time.
Driver’s License
Have you received notification that your permit has expired? You may be thinking: How’d this happen? My permit isn’t up for renewal until ??? Consider this. Have you had a birthday recently? Did your driver’s license expire this year, 2020? Well, happy belated birthday! If so, there isn’t anything you can do to renew your driver’s license until government agencies reopen. So,drive with extreme caution. A 30 day extension has been given for anyone whose driver’s license has or will expire. In the future, remember you can renew your driver’s license 364 days in advance!
Route Assistant Physicals
You can take your physical beginning June 1st through August 1st for the upcoming school year. No additional paperwork will be needed from you. Be sure and let Advocate on Royal know that you are an assistant which has a different physical than a CDL IDOT physical. Contact the number listed above and be sure to review their time of operation.
Any questions, please reach out to me by using the district email of carinbjorn@u-46.org
Until we’re all together again, stay safe, be strong and remain healthy!
Carin Bjorn
Safety & Operations Manager, Transportation
School District U-46
500 Shales Parkway
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-5095, x7315

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4/30/20
InService meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow 5/1. Buildings are closed except for distribution of food services/chrome books, Governor has issued a stay at home order with social distancing guidelines for essentials. There is NO InService Meeting tomorrow. I’ve been told we will still be paid.

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April 28, 2020

We have worked on a Q & A to try and answer questions that we have been receiving. We will continue to share information as much as we can. Any questions please let us know.  We have also made this available on our Union website. www.mydutu.org

DUTU Q & A

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Email from Beth Lapa
Transportation Update – 4/17/2020

Hi All,

I hope everyone and their families are doing well.

I wanted to notify the department that there are new positions posted on AppliTrack.

Assistant Manager – 12 mos (non DUTU)
Dispatcher – 10 mos (DUTU)
Vehicle Technology Assistant – 10 mos (non DUTU)

We are filling 2 Assistant Manager positions, 2 Dispatcher positions, and 1 Vehicle Tech Assistant. If you are interested in any of these positions, please click the link below to be directed to the District’s online application platform. The applications will be pulled and reviewed over the next 10 business days, so please complete this process at your earliest convenience.

https://www.applitrack.com/u46/onlineapp/default.aspx…

Additionally, we are extending our Summer Work Sign Up until 5/1/2020. We will be posting our summer pick times the following week, beginning May 4th. Below is the link to the form to fill out for summer work.

https://forms.gle/N3DhHqkR7U6h2dQLA

Please stay safe and healthy, and please ensure to continue to practice physical distancing and wearing personal protective equipment if you must go out into the public

Take care and talk soon.

Beth Lapa
Assistant Director
School District U-46 Transportation
847.888.5095 ext. 7020
elizabethlapa@u-46.org

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Email from Beth Lapa
Monday April 6 at 3:46pm

Good Afternoon Transportation Team and Happy Monday. I hope you and your families are staying safe, healthy and as positive as you can during this time.

Let’s begin with working days….As Tony Sanders shared in his message on April 3rd, DUTU employees will be paid for their primary position during the time the Governor has ordered the shelter in place, which is currently through April 30th. During this time, DUTU members should be available to assist when called, complete assigned GCN tutorials and be back up for food and/or chromebook distribution if contacted by these respective departments.
Also, there are a number of free online training classes out there to participate in. Please be on the lookout for an email from Carin inviting you to attend some of these training opportunities.

That brings me to a very important topic, if you cannot access your district email, PLEASE email the help desk at helpdesk@u-46.org for assistance. There are daily emails sent from Tony Sanders and other departments that contain essential information for you during this time. Your district email will be the only form of communication that will be used by the Transportation Department.

Moving on to permits and refresher courses…All refresher classes are canceled. Once we are able to reschedule the classes we will communicate this with you. The drivers that have their permit expiring the month of April and May will be contacted this week by Carin and she will discuss the renewal process with you. Please reference Carin’s email that was sent today, April 6th, for more information.

Additionally, we currently have 2 forms that have been created for the DUTU team to access. They are both simple sign up forms. One was sent out on March 24th to sign up for extra work that may become available through our district’s closure. The second form is to sign up if you are interested in summer work. It is the second link below. Both these forms will be posted on the DUTU Facebook page as well.

Link for Extra Work Sign Up: https://forms.gle/Ksou8nqLvMWVPJ9m9

Link for Summer School Interest: https://forms.gle/QDfprgBURWMqZ7Py6

Lastly, paychecks…if you see a line on your paystub that states DPD DUTU, that stands for District Paid Days. This is the code that Payroll created to populate DUTU hours and payout during the district’s closing.

Please stay safe and healthy. Updates will be provided when available.

Thank you,

Beth Lapa
Assistant Director
School District U-46 Transportation
847.888.5095 ext. 7020
elizabethlapa@u-46.org

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Email from Carin Bjorn
Sent to our district email on 4/6/20 at 12:15 pm
Hello team members,
As I’ve said before, hang in there. The well being of you and your loved ones is the priority. I’ve washed my hands so much they’ve begun to peel. Seriously! Being able to come and go as we have prior to Covid 19 is certainly a luxury we took for granted. Eating out. Traveling. These things and more will return to us one day and may we never forget how we came together, persevered and reached the other side.
(2) Hour Refresher Classes have been cancelled. The rescheduled date(s) have not been finalized yet.
CDL Permit Expiring in April and May:
Drivers that have their permit expiring during the month of April or May will be contacted by phone on Tuesday, April 7th by me. These drivers will be given authorization to have the annual physical performed at Advocate Sherman on Royal Blvd in Elgin. Appointments must be made and you may contact Advocate at (224) 783-4440, press 1. Hours are 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holiday. Advocate has a triage screening process in place for anyone being seen that will protect both patient and staff member.
Once you arrive and sign in, you will be given the Secretary of State Re-Certification form to complete. This is the same form you would be given if at base. You should complete, sign and provide a check or money order for $4.00, payable to the Secretary of State. Return the form and check/money order to the nurse and he/she will place it with the physical. I’ll be picking up the physicals each Friday along with your Re-certification form and check. I will provide the necessary information needed and overnight by FedX to the Secretary of State. Don’t forget to sign and date the form and also your check/money order.
Any questions, please reach out to me by using the district email carinbjorn@u-46.org.
For all the drivers whose CDL permit expires beyond May, not to worry. We’ll work out a solution. To all the route assistants, be well.
Until we’re together again, stay safe and healthy!
Carin Bjorn
Safety & Operations Manager, Transportation
School District U-46
500 Shales Parkway
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-5095, x7315

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Tony Sander’s weekly message
Emailed Friday April 3, 2020

I continue to be inspired by all of you. Our teachers participated in professional learning a week ago and again this Monday. By Tuesday, all were engaging students in learning using a variety of platforms. I know the toll this transition has taken, but I have appreciated seeing how you are modeling resilience for our students as they learn in these new conditions. The photos from our “first day of school” (which is what it felt like to me) that parents and others posted warmed my heart.
I know this is not ideal. I know we all want to work together. To collaborate. To lift each other up in person. While I know it is not possible to do so in person, it is possible to call a friend or colleague to check in on them (not Facebook messenger or text). I encourage each of you to call a colleague to check on their well-being this weekend. We must continue to be there for each other even if we are physically isolated.
I’m proud to share that our Food and Nutrition Services, along with our Distribution Center and other staff, have produced and distributed 303,057 meals and 101,019 snacks since March 17 (less than three weeks). I hope that uplifts you the same way it does me. If you see a colleague disseminating or producing meals, please take a moment to thank them.
I shared this last week, and it remains the case, that the following employees will work remotely and be paid for their primary position during the time the Governor has ordered the shelter in place (which is currently through April 30):

Administrators and 12-month non-union support staff (gray area)
ETA members and long-term substitute teachers;
ESSO members;
DUSA members;
DUEA members, including paraprofessionals (general education, special education, library), home school liaisons, sign language interpreters, and piano accompanists;
DUTU members;
SEIU members
Dean’s Assistants
Noon-Hour Supervisors
Part-time Hall Monitors

If you are a regularly scheduled employee but you do not see your particular group on this list, you will still be paid for your primary role. Expect further guidance from your supervisor regarding your duties during remote learning.

All my best,
Tony

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Please note the BOLD section in this joint statement.

Email from Ann Chan
March 28, 2020

Additional Guidance On Stay at Home Order

Dear DUTU Colleagues:

Last night U-46 and DUTU leadership collaborated on the work expectation for Region 63 Education Support Professionals during the current Stay at Home Order, below is our joint agreement. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Be safe and healthy out there!

REGION 63 EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
All members will work remotely, to the best of the individual’s ability, with any exceptions being noted below within each group. Members will be paid as normal upon our return from Spring Break on Monday, March 30. Monday will not be a student attendance day, rather an inservice (virtual) for all teachers.

Members do not need to punch in or punch out unless physically working at a U-46 building.

The following applies for the time period of Tuesday, March 31 through April 7 or until such time as the Governor ends the Stay at Home Order. Salaries and benefits will continue to be paid.

In the event the Governor lifts the stay at home order, but keeps schools closed, employees may be called to assist in getting the district departments and all schools ready for when schools reopen.

Duties to be performed remotely by group are as follows:

DUTU
Be available to assist when called.
Do GCN and/or other professional growth or online offerings (IEA/NEA has no cost PD).
Back up for food distribution if contacted by Food and Nutrition Services.

Best,

Ann

Ann H. Chan
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
847-888-5000 ext.4071
847-888-7188 fax

 


Email from Tony Sanders
3/27 at 8:15pm

The sense of community across U-46 is so amazing. I have loved seeing teachers checking in with their students using online platforms, even over spring break. Principals meeting with teachers…also while technically on break. Princpals reading to kids on social media…or creating a clever video about social distancing.
I have so much gratitude for so many. The Food and Nutrition Services staff members who have produced and distributed to date 200,100 meals and 66,700 snacks. Our Distribution Center staff and ESSO members ensured delivery of those meals, and coordinated the pickup and then delivery of Chromebooks to families. A whole team of instructional directors, coordinators, teacher leaders, and principals who worked day and night to ready our system for remote learning. A Family and Community Engagement Department that has ensured families are kept up to date on everything we are doing. While I have received a lot of personal thank yous this week, the real thanks go to all those noted above among many, many more.
I know a lot of employees are concerned about their paychecks upon our return from spring break, March 30. Here is what I currently can share, though guidance on what each person’s work schedule and duties will look like will come in a separate communication based on your role.
During remote instruction days the follow employees will work remotely and be paid for their primary position:

Administrators and 12-month non-union support staff (gray area)
ETA members and long-term substitute teachers;
ESSO members;
DUEA members, including paraprofessionals (general education, special education, library), home school liaisons, sign language interpreters, and piano accompanists;
DUTU members;
SEIU members
Dean’s Assistants
Noon-Hour Supervisors
Part-time Hall Monitors

If you are a regularly scheduled employee but you do not see your particular group on this list, you will still be paid for your primary role. Expect further guidance from your supervisor regarding your duties during remote learning.
All my best,
Tony

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Message from Carin Bjorn
March 26, 2020 at 3:19pm

Hello Team Members,

I’m sure most of you are ready to get back to work. Set the alarm. Lay the clothes out. Lunch made. The daily routine you’ve developed Monday thru Friday. I don’t have any additional information to provide that you don’t already know. To the staff that have children at home, this is an especially difficult time for everyone in the home. Hang in there. We’ll be together soon!

I’ve been working with the Regional Office of Education, ROE in Geneva and I can share with you the upcoming (2) hour Refresher classes scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st, Thursday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 4th have been canceled. The other Refresher classes are being discussed for their continuance. Once a decision has been made, I’ll reach out via email and Heather Weiss will post on the DUTU website. I’ve asked if it’s possible to have an online course similar to our GCN training, although it currently isn’t available, the ROE is researching the idea.

Regarding your CDL permit: The Secretary of State is providing an additional 30 day grace period to have the physical and paperwork completed. For the team members who will need to renew your permit during the month of April and May, Advocate Sherman Immediate Care on Royal Blvd is the only location performing the annual physicals at this time; but in order to not expose yourself to others needlessly, I’m asking you to wait to take your physical.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay well!

Carin BjornSafety & Operations Manager, Transportation
School District U-46
500 Shales Parkway
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-5095, x7315

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Here is link for opportunity for paid volunteer work

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYv3K_UROVlCt1LsjMngpIjf7EL7ciKi4vQXMIyZ2zXmHkdg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Hey all,
Just wanted to give you all an update on the March 31, 2020 DUTU/Region 63 election. The new date for this election will be APRIL 17, 2020.
This date was chosen because it is in the election plan as the run off date if needed.
Also, please remember to email your Bios for the Special Edition Election Newsletter to Tina Semock or Heather Weiss by 5 pm Wednesday March 25th. You can even submit a bio if you are wanting to be a write-in for any positions.
Tina Semock: tsemock@sbcglobal.net
Heather Weiss: heathermweiss@yahoo.com
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Covid-19 Quick Links

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.u-46.org/covid

https://www.isbe.net/

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Robo Call from Beth Lapa

March 20th at 2:40 pm

Good Afternoon Transportation…

To begin with, take a deep breath…..remaining calm and keeping an open mind through this uncertain time is crucial.

I know you all have questions, concerns, fears and want some answers, and Jeff and I are doing our best to provide those answers to you and any other updates that we have. Please understand though, there are a lot of answers we do not have, because ultimately the District as a whole does not have the answers either. This is new territory for everyone….

With that said, there ARE communication emails being sent out every night by Tony Sanders to staff and families of U-46. These emails are also being posted on the DUTU Facebook page by Heather Weiss, as well as on the u-46.org\COVID website. This website was created to keep the U-46 communities up to date with announcements from the District as well as provide resources for families in need in our surrounding communities.

Things have also changed here at Base since our last message. As of today, the mechanics will no longer be reporting to work. They will only be called upon for repairs needed on warehouse vehicles distributing food and/or Chromebooks to our campuses. Jeff and I will also be primarily working remotely, performing limited building checks throughout the days to come. So this means that the building and the lot are closed until further notice.

Now let’s talk about the student at Independence who tested positive for COVID-19….this student was NOT a bus rider. However, that is the extent of details that Jeff and I have. The confidentiality of this student and their family is important, so no other information is being released to us. I understand this may not resolve the fear you have around the fact that a student has the virus, but please know, this will be the first of many cases within our U-46 community and all we can do is practice what the CDC is recommending. Please visit their website at CDC.gov for how to protect you and your family from the spread of the virus and the symptoms to look out for if you are feeling ill.

Let’s move on to an update of the 2 Hr Refresher course. Carin Bjorn is currently working with the ROE on this matter and will communicate to the team when she has solid answers. But please do not worry about this, there will be a plan to accommodate.

Also, if you are looking to get your physical done during this time, the Advocate location at 2320 Royal Blvd is open daily and the location you want to visit for your physical. The other 2 Advocate locations are being used to treat the sick.

Lastly, as of now, there has been no additional communication on extending our District’s closing. We will ensure to update the team promptly if that changes.

Jeff and I will continue to update the team, at least weekly, on the information being provided to us. Please take care and be safe. Thank you.

 

 

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January 2020 PLEASE REVIEW

We discussed at our last General Membership Meeting that our Trip Committee has been working with Management to update our Trip Procedure Manual. Please take some time to look through the proposed changes. You can ask questions in the comments and/or see Laura Taets, Mary Boyd and Tina O’Farrell.  This is also available on our Private DUTU Members Only Facebook Page.

2020 Trip Procedures (2)

 

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Frequently Asked Questions…. click here Q & A

Dues Increase part 2 from 2017/18 IEA/RA Conference

DUTU 2018 2019 DUES INCREASE

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JANUS INFO….

News Articles on Janus Case

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-janus-decision-elgin-area-unions-reactions-st-0629-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/stantis/ct-janus-decision-20180627-story.html

Please click on link below for a short video by IEA President Kathi Griffin

https://ieanea.org/2018/06/27/iea-janus-decision-could-have-dramatic-impact-on-public-education/

 

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Executive Officers

President: Heather Weiss

Vice President: Macy Morales

Secretary: Shawn Bernhardson

Treasurer: Sheri Slania

Governing Council

Health & Safety : Open

Newsletter: Tina Semock

Grievance: Joe Haubert

Sunshine/Social: Kristal Day

Membership: Debby Beaupre

By Laws & Legislation: Jay Niehus

Audit: Laura Taets

Field Trips: Mary Boyd

Accident Review: Eric Shulga 

Election: Lis Lewis

Benefit Resources: Mary Thompson

A/R: Liane Pizzo

GPA: Mary Boyd

Technology: John Vercelli

Student Discipline: Sam Lowe

Staff Development: Deneen Valenti

LABOR MANAGEMENT

Heather Weiss

Macy Morales

Joe Haubert

Debby Beaupre

Mary Bonner

Cathy Wyzykowski – UniServ Director

 

DUTU Bargaining Team

Heather Weiss

Macy Morales

Shawn Bernhardson

Sheri Slania

Joe Haubert

Teresa Mascote

Joihn Vercelli

Star Pozos

Debby Beaupre

Sam Lowe

Tina O’Farrell – alternate

 

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