I hope you each had a good week. I’d like to share a few updates related to our reopening. First, many thanks for your participation in our weekly viral testing program which now also includes students at WMS and WHS. We will continue to seek 100 percent participation in this model, which provides another level of assurance that we can operate safely within our buildings.
I also want to share that the Town’s Select Board has approved an FY22 Budget Guideline for Schools of 2.5 percent. We have been very clear that this will likely be inadequate to meet our needs for next year. The School Committee will be discussing these guidelines at its meeting on November 10th. We will keep you apprised of this process moving forward.
Thanks for all that you do for our students under such difficult circumstances.
Reminder to All Staff: Please register (asap) and drop off your COVID saliva sample at your school by 9 am on Monday.
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
11/26-11/27/20 – Thanksgiving Recess – No School
11/30/20 – Professional Day – All Remote
12/02/20 – Cohort A Will Follow Monday’s schedule
12/08/20 – School Committee Meeting – Remote Online – 6:30 pm
Condolences to Stephanie Lewis (PAWS Teaching Assistant) on the loss of her mother, Andrea Haye-Lewis, on October 28, 2020.
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.