Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from … Read more Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

District 186 rolls out Return to Learn plan (SJ-R.com, 7/21/20)

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Springfield School District 186 will offer to families two plans–hybrid/blended in-person and remote learning only–as part of its 33-page “Return to Learn” document. The document, put together by 100 teacher leaders from the district, the Springfield Education Association and the Illinois Education Association, was rolled out District 186 Superintendent … Read more District 186 rolls out Return to Learn plan (SJ-R.com, 7/21/20)

“I will only vote for remote” – Mike Zimmers, 186 Board Member

“Teachers, your job is stressful enough just teaching students.. year-in year-out. It is extremely stressful. You did not go to school to come back this year to be a healthcare professional, or social worker, or a mental health specialist.. and you weren’t trained to be in law enforcement. So I really have some concerns for … Read more “I will only vote for remote” – Mike Zimmers, 186 Board Member

Safe Passage

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore It has been over four months since we have come to grips with the realities of COVID-19 and the profound effects it has had on our … Read more Safe Passage

School board members will weigh plans but contend safety is paramount (SJ-R.com, 7/19/20)

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register @stevenspearie The public will hear about fall plans for Springfield School District 186 at the school board’s regularly scheduled Monday meeting. One of the options will include a hybrid blend of in-person and remote learning, said school board President Scott McFarland. The 186 Learns Task Force, a joint effort … Read more School board members will weigh plans but contend safety is paramount (SJ-R.com, 7/19/20)

186 ‘Return to Learn’ SEA Member Questions

This week, SEA members submitted a combined total of over a thousand questions about returning to work next month. These questions have been whittled down to 651 after removing duplicates: Click to access SEA-Member-Return-to-Work-Questions-Responses-Master-List.pdf Hopefully, the answers to many of your questions will be provided in the District 186 2020-2012 Return to Learn Plan to … Read more 186 ‘Return to Learn’ SEA Member Questions

COVID-19 case at Matheny-Withrow causes concern, but also provides ‘a path forward’

https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200710/covid-19-case-at-matheny-withrow-causes-concern-but-also-provides-lsquoa-path-forwardrsquo By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Jul 10, 2020 at 3:48 PM Teachers and staff members from Matheny-Withrow Elementary School are expressing concern to Springfield School District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill and school board members about how a positive COVID-19 case was handled at the school recently. Some staff members who had come … Read more COVID-19 case at Matheny-Withrow causes concern, but also provides ‘a path forward’

Teachers have their own concerns as District 186 grapples with in-person learning

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Jul 6, 2020 at 5:51 PM Updated Jul 7, 2020 at 3:07 PM Jill Friday spent 10 years teaching for Illinois Virtual High School. Among her students were a U.S. Olympic athlete and a terminally ill teenager. Friday, who begins teaching Spanish at Southeast High School in the … Read more Teachers have their own concerns as District 186 grapples with in-person learning