Yes, that is snow outside today. Too soon. Much too soon!
A few quick updates. Thanks for your ongoing participation in our weekly viral testing program. We expanded that program this week to include all students at WMS and WHS. Please don’t forget to collect and return your sample on Monday morning next week when you return to school! Also, please remember that next Tuesday, Election Day, will be our remote half-day, and that on Wednesday (11/4) we will follow our regular Tuesday, Cohort “B” schedule.
Three of the most important things we can each do right now are wear a mask, get a flu shot, and vote.
Finally, I want to be sure you are aware of the coronavirus case tracking tool, now have posted on our website, that will allow anyone to monitor the number of positive cases we have had in WPS by date and school.
Please stay safe this Halloween weekend and enjoy the extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.
Thanks for all that you do for our students.
Reminder to All Staff: Please drop off your COVID saliva sample at your school by 9 am on Monday.
10/31/20 – All Staff Mandatory Training Deadline
11/01/20 – Salary Lane Change Letters of Intent Deadline
11/03/20 – (Tues) – Election Day – Remote Learning Day Gr. K-12 (1/2 Day)
11/04/20 (Wed) – In-person Day for Students in Cohort B
11/10/20 – School Committee Meeting – Remote Online – 6:30 pm
11/11/20 (Wed) – Veteran’s Day – No School
11/24/20 – School Committee Meeting – Remote Online – 6:30 pm
Reminder: All Staff Mandatory Training Deadline October 31, 2020.
The Wellesley Public Schools are committed to maintaining a work and educational environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassing conduct. We expect all employees, students and other members of the school community to conduct themselves in an ethical and appropriate manner with concern and respect for all members of the school community and in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. To be in compliance, each employee must go through mandatory training as listed below. Please complete all of the training modules by October 31, 2020.
To access training modules:
- Log into your wellesleyps.org email account
- Launch a new tab from your browser and go to www.wellesleyps.org
- Under the Faculty drop-down menu go to Information > “Mandatory Training”
- Review all training modules
- Take the assessments
Salary Lane Change News: Letters of Intent to change lanes in SY2021-22 are due by November 1, 2020.
All professional staff who expect to receive a Masters, M+30, or M+60/Doctorate at the beginning of the next school year 2021-2022, must send formal notification of intent to change salary lanes to Addie Doherty firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than November 1, 2020. The notification should include: current lane, proposed lane, and the school year (2021-22) in which you hope to change lanes. This early notification deadline is required so that provisions for anticipated salary lane changes may be included within the new fiscal year budget. Please note: The list does not carry forward. You must provide written notice each year until you have achieved the desired lane change.
Signing in to WPS Buildings
You may have noticed signs at the entrance of our schools that look like the picture below. This is an electronic way of signing into the building and attesting that you are feeling well. Please take a picture of the sign. This will prompt you to fill out your information on a Google form attesting that you are well. If you do not have a cell phone, you will still be able to sign in to the building using the paper sign in log.
Fraudulent Unemployment Claims
Unfortunately, many of our employees have been affected by a data breach and false unemployment claims have been filed on their behalf. The Human Resources Office has contacted all employees who were impacted. If you have been contacted by the Human Resources Office and informed that your information has been used to file a false unemployment claim, please follow the steps below to report unemployment benefits fraud.
1. Report the fraud to the unemployment office.
2. Report it to your local police department.
3. Report it to the credit bureau.
4. Report it to the social security administration by calling 1-800-269-0271
Human Relations Services
The Human Relation Services (HRS) can help. Wellesley Public Schools has contracted with HRS to provide up to ten free counseling visits for you and/or your family members. This program is designed to help you deal with stresses of life and work –including personal and family issues, drug or alcohol problems, and job related tension. It offers prevention and intervention to reduce these stresses and improve coping skills.
HRS is located at 11 Chapel Place in Wellesley and can be reached at 781-235-4950. This is a confidential service. Wellesley Public Schools is not aware of the names of employees or their family members who utilize this service.
New DESE License Call Center Hours
The DESE Licensure Call Center will offer an additional five hours per week of service to educators and prospective educators. Effective Monday, January 6, 2020 the Licensure Call Center (781-338-6600) will be open each business day from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Almost 50 percent of the responses from a recent survey favored these new hours over other options.
Do you have a question for the WPS Human Resources Department? Email AskHR@Wellesleyps.org. The Human Resources Department is happy to assist you.
WPS Internal Job Postings on District Website
For all Internal Job Postings, please go to “Internal Job Postings” under the Faculty tab of the District’s website.