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Special negotiations update
This information was emailed to staff Dec. 2.
Thank you for the outstanding work that you have done to maintain high levels of support for all our students in PSD. This year has been difficult, and you have continued to persevere through many challenges, including staffing shortages. Your efforts to pitch in to support your colleagues and our students do not go unnoticed.
Knowing that staffing shortages continue to impact our operations, and our classified teams in particular, the district’s negotiations team met in a special session this week to design solutions aimed at recruiting and retaining critical classified staff. As a result of the collaborative work between all employee groups during this special session, the following will be implemented beginning this month:
- Classified positions identified as hard-to-recruit and retain will receive six (6) monthly one-time payments of $300 beginning in December 2021 and continuing through May 2022.
- All PSD staff (classified, licensed, administrative, and professional) with scheduled hours will receive a one-time payment of $400 in December 2021.
These one-time payments have been made possible through savings associated with the number of open positions in the district. For more information on the process for identifying hard-to-recruit and retain positions and more detailed information about the one-time payment that all employees will receive, please click here (staff log-in required).
We hope this news is welcome. Again, thank you for all that you do to support our students, families, and the entire PSD community every day.
Take this survey to share your thoughts about future calendars
Students, staff, parents/guardians and community members are invited to share thoughts to help inform the development of future Poudre School District school year calendars.
This calendar survey, available in Spanish and English, is open from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1.
Results of the survey will be available publicly on the Calendars and Schedules web page sometime after the survey closes in January. The PSD Calendar Committee will consider the feedback when creating the draft 2023-24 and 2024-25 school year calendars, as well as future school year calendars. Read the complete survey news item >>
JSSC hours during winter break
The Johannsen Support Services Center and district offices will be closed during winter break Dec. 23, 24, 30 and 31. Additionally, due to limited staff coverage in many departments over winter break, the JSSC and all district departments will be closed to the public on December 27-29.
The PSD Customer Support Center number (970-490-3333) is monitored during this time for emergencies.
Classified, professional, and administrative staff scheduled to work on December 27-29 have the following options:
- Use vacation/leave time to take the day(s) off
- Work as scheduled with the knowledge that the JSSC campus will be closed to the public, and many departments will not have coverage
Employees with leave time questions should contact their supervisor.
I Matter - Youth are eligible for three free therapy sessions
Colorado youth and their parents can visit the I Matter platform to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed behavioral health clinician, primarily online over telehealth. State law allows youth ages 12 and up to use the platform independently; youth ages 11 and younger will need their parent or guardian's consent to sign up. Learn more on the I Matter website.
2021-22 school year fall protocols
Employees are expected to self-monitor for symptoms and remain at home if they are ill or are experiencing COVID symptoms.
Masks are required for students, staff and visitors in PSD schools and buildings. Masks are not required outdoors. Staff are required to wear masks even when students are not in school.
Close contact for staff
For staff in non-student situations, close contact is defined as 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. This applies to staff meetings, staff-only break rooms, kitchens and office settings (JSSC, ITC, warehouses, transportation terminal, etc.).
To be exempt from quarantine, staff close contacts identified in staff-only COVID cases either must:
- Be vaccinated, or
- Have tested positive for COVID within the past 90 days
The additional quarantine exemptions of both parties wearing masks and participation in routine testing, which currently apply to cases involving students, do not apply for cases involving only staff. Learn more - COVID Staff Resources and FAQs >>
Staff are encouraged, but not required to get a COVID-19 vaccine:
- LCDHE vaccine clinics at schools and other information: COVID-19 Vaccines >>
Bus Operator and Child Nutrition Referral program
Current PSD employees who refer a person who is hired in PSD as a bus operator or child nutrition team worker and remains in the job through the new hire’s performance trial period will receive a lump sum reward payment of $500 (less applicable taxes).
More information about eligibility, the process and the referral form are available in this Bus Operator & Child Nutrition Referral Program document.
Do you want to drive a bus or know someone who does? PSD is in need of bus drivers!
- PSD offers great benefits, competitive pay, paid training, and more.
- Bus operators help a child begin and end each day with joy.
Note: Drivers must pass a Department of Transportation physical; be able to pass a drug screening; obtain a Class B CDL permit with air brakes, Passenger, and School Bus endorsements; and complete PSD’s roughly 3-week, full-time paid training course before they can begin driving a bus.
Referral bonuses for staff, hiring bonuses for new bus operator hires
- Any PSD staff member who refers someone who is hired as a bus operator will receive a $500 referral bonus. More information - Bus Operator & Child Nutrition Referral Program
- $3,000 hiring bonus for new bus operators with a valid Class A or B CDL with air brakes and P and S endorsements
- $1,000 hiring bonus for new bus operators with a valid Class A or B CDL without the P and S endorsements
Viewing internal-only job postings
All vacant PSD positions, including any promotional opportunities, are posted on the job vacancy website. Employees in search of promotional or different opportunities in PSD should regularly check the job vacancy website for the most up-to-date vacancy information. Some positions may be posted as “internal-only.”
You are an internal employee/applicant if you are currently employed in PSD as a classified, licensed, professional, or administrative employee with scheduled/assigned hours and/or a current contract. Varied hour, seasonal, coaches, and substitutes are not considered internal applicants. To view internal only-vacancies, click on ‘Internal’ in the upper right-hand corner of the job vacancy website and follow instructions to verify that you are an internal applicant and set up an account profile. For more information, email email@example.com.
Verification of employment
For automated verification of employment for salary and dates of hire, please use "The Work Number." Information is available on the Payroll Department web page (staff log in required).
Employee Online: First time logging on?
If you are logging on to Employee Online (under "Online Tools" in the green box to the right) for the first time, please log in with your employee ID number as the login and your full social security number (no dashes) as the password. The system will then prompt you to create a new password.
Want to recognize someone?
Give a shout out - PSD’s Staff Shout-Out Form