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Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB): 2020-21 Open Enrollment Aug. 3 – Aug. 31, 2020

2020 July 31
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by HISD Communications

Program offers up to 30 additional leave days for catastrophic illness/injury

The HISD Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional leave days for extended absences due to a catastrophic injury or illness.

SSLB membership enrollment and disenrollment are now online! Access is available through OneSource ESS. 

The SSLB membership enrolled or not enrolled notices will be emailed to eligible employees during the week of Aug. 3, 2020. Enrollment information and plan details are also available on the SSLB webpage. Please note that current SSLB members are automatically re-enrolled in the program, as long as there is an available local leave day to donate as of Sept. 1, 2020.

Eligible employees may enroll or cancel membership during the pre-enrollment period through August 31, 2020. A final enrollment period for the school year will be held in November for enrollment only. 

Contact Employee Support Services via email at BenefitsESS@HoustonISD.org for additional assistance.

Employee Assistance Program Webinar Schedule 2020

2020 June 29
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Join us for free virtual webinars sponsored by the HISD Employee Assistance Program. Register online via the links provided. If you happen to miss a webinar, recordings are available within 24 to 48 hours after the conclusion of the webinar and will remain on the website for up to a year. Visit the HISD Benefits Calendar for links to past and future webinars.

If you have any problem enrolling online, please email BenefitsOffice@HoustonISD.org or call the Benefits Office at 713-556-6655.

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9/24/202012 p.m.1 p.m.Developing Grit: Strategies for Success in Work & LifeTo be announced
10/22/202012 p.m.1 p.m.Managing Worry & AnxietyTo be announced
11/5/202012 p.m.1 p.m.Managing Holiday StressTo be announced

For more information on the Employee Assistance Program, please call ComPsych Guidance Resources at 833-812-5181.  

HISD Connect Teacher Gradebook Training

2020 June 9
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by HISD Communications

Teachers can take courses over the summer through Teams

HISD Connect training for the new gradebook system will be offered to all teachers this summer (June through August) virtually through Microsoft Teams. 

Teachers can register for their trainings in OneSource. Sessions are offered every day at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Course numbers are as follows:

  • 1441065 – Elementary PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook)
  • 1441053 – Secondary PowerTeacher Pro (Gradebook)

Teachers will be compensated for their time for attending the training. Although it is not required to attend this training during off-contract time, attending during the summer will allow more time to prepare and be ready for the new school year. 

Register now: 20/20 Multilingual Symposium

2020 May 14
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by HISD Communications

Multilingual Programs will be hosting its annual symposium on June 24-25, 2020. This year’s theme is 20/20: FOCUS on Language, where participants will gain valuable resources, strategies and inspiration to ensure their English Learners achieve academic success. Multilingual Programs will deliver the symposium as a digital event via Microsoft Teams in response to concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from our district and local health officials.

Keynote addresses will be presented by Dr. Mónica Lara, a senior educational consultant for bilingualism and biliteracy for Seidlitz Education, and Dr. Sharroky Hollie, a national educator who provides professional development in the area of cultural and linguistic responsiveness. Dr. Lara’s belief system, presented in her signature message Enseñanza para todos (teaching for all), is engaging, invigorating and refreshing. Dr. Hollie highlights teaching practices that support being linguistically responsive to English Learners. 

Participants can choose up to eight professional learning sessions, including from Dr. Lara and Dr. Hollie, as well as from other experts, such as Carol Salva, Nancy Motley, and Dr. Michelle Yzquierdo. Teachers will refine their instructional practices while interacting with their bilingual, dual language and ESL colleagues in a collaborative learning environment.

Participants will also get to engage with online bilingual and dual language resources, which are instrumental in driving effective 21st century practices. A variety of resources will be offered to teachers who attend sessions and all attendees will be entered into prize giveaways!

This virtual experience has something for every educator who serves English Learners (EL). Register for the symposium in OneSource. For the online course selection and program guide, click here. Click here for the event flyer.

Featured Sessions:

Session TitleTarget Audience
NewcomersPathways to Greatness for ELL Newcomers
Boosting Achievement for Under schooled Students
Newcomer Teachers
SIFE Teachers
ESL Teachers
Spanish¡Toma la palabra!
El libro de estrategias de escritura
El libro de estrategias de lectura
Bilingual Teachers
Dual Language Teachers
Cultural and
Linguistic Teaching
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive
Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for
Student Success
Bilingual Teachers
ESL Teachers

Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB): 2020-21 Pre-Enrollment

2020 May 1
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by HISD Communications

Program offers up to 30 additional leave days for catastrophic illness/injury

The HISD Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) program offers participants up to 30 additional leave days for extended absences due to a catastrophic injury or illness.

SSLB membership enrollment and Disenrollment is now online!  Access is available through OneSource ESS. 

The SSLB membership enrolled or not enrolled notices will be emailed to eligible employees during the week of May 11, 2020. Enrollment Information and plan details are also available on the SSLB webpage. Please note that current SSLB members are automatically re-enrolled in the program, as long as there is an available local leave day, available to donate as of September 1, 2020. Employees eligible for the program will be emailed information during the week of May 11th.

For purposes of clarification, if an SSLB participating employee is ill due to COVID-19 and has a doctor’s approval to recover from COVID-19 for seven up to 30 days, this will qualify for SSLB assuming all other SSLB requirements are met.  The same is true for testing positive for COVID-19 and having medical recommendation to quarantine at home and otherwise meeting all other SSLB requirements.  However, the SSLB will not extend to SSLB leave days to care for a household member that might have COVID-19.

Eligible employees may enroll or cancel membership during the pre-enrollment period through June 12, 2020. An open enrollment period will be held in August for employees to enroll or terminate membership. A final enrollment period for the school year will be held in November for enrollment only. 

Contact Employee Support Services via email at BenefitsESS@Houstonisd.org for additional assistance.

Open transfer period for teachers runs from April 20 to May 22

2020 April 15
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by HISD Communications

HISD’s annual Open Teacher Transfer Period will begin on Monday, April 20, and end at
5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Transfer requests will not be considered after May 22.

During this period, eligible teachers and nurses are free to transfer between HISD campuses
to fill open positions for the 2020-2021 school year.

Principals are reminded to complete all required reference checks before making an offer.

Application guidelines and eligibility requirements are posted on “MyHISD” and accessible
at this link: Human Resources Forms and Documents

Contract employees who decide to resign from the district are reminded that the
penalty-free resignation deadline is July 10.

For additional questions, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

Save the Date: 20/20 Multilingual Symposium

2020 March 12
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by HISD Communications

Multilingual Programs will be hosting its annual symposium on June 24-25, 2020 at the Kingdom Builders’ Center (6011 W Orem Dr., 77085). This year’s theme is 20/20: FOCUS on Language, where participants will walk away with valuable resources, strategies and inspiration to ensure their English Learners achieve academic success.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two key note addresses and choose up to eight professional learning sessions from experts such as Carol Salva, Nancy Motley, and Dr. Michelle Yzquierdo to name a few.  Teachers will have the opportunity to refine their instructional practices while interacting with their bilingual, dual language and ESL colleagues in a collaborative learning environment.

Participants will also get to engage with online bilingual and dual language resources, which are instrumental in driving effective 21st century practices. A variety of resources will be offered to teachers who attend sessions and all attendees will be entered into prize giveaways!

Stay tuned for highlights on presenters and sessions along with registration information.

VIPS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS NOMINATIONS

2020 March 12
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District leaders should submit nominations by Friday, March 27

Elementary, middle, and high school principals are asked to nominate volunteers from their schools for the district’s annual Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) recognition event. Nominations should be submitted by  Friday, March 27, 2020 via the 2019-2020 District-Wide Volunteer of the Year Awards guidelines and nomination forms.

The most significant factor in nominating an individual or program is the outstanding quality of volunteer service with an emphasis on student achievement and assistance given to students and school staff.

Please note on the nomination form that there has been a change in the nomination category.  All nominees must be registered through VIPS and cleared to volunteer for the 2019– 2020 school year.  Each school may send one nomination for each of the four categories. Only one winner will be chosen from each category. Once the nomination applications have been reviewed by the judges, finalists will be selected from the pool of nominations and the winners will be announced at the VIPS Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at HISD Delmar Fieldhouse. 

Coronavirus resources for employees

2020 March 10
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by HISD Communications

Who should I contact with coronavirus questions or concerns?

HISD Benefits has a number of resources for employees. Be sure to add these telephone numbers to your list of contacts, download any related apps, and bookmark the websites for future reference. For information about your prescription coverage from Express Scripts, see the link to a video below.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1 through December 31, 2020.
For complete details see this flyer.

HISD Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

ComPsych’s GuidanceResources from the HISD Employee Assistance Program is available at no cost 24/7 for all employees and their household members.  Log on to their website for articles, podcasts, videos, slideshows, on-demand trainings and “Ask the Expert” personal responses to your questions. They have made available a Coronavirus Resources Toolkit that includes an overview, resources, a webinar, and much more. For counseling and other resources, log on to www.guidanceresources.com and use the Web ID “HISD” or call 1-833-812-5181.

Kelsey-Seybold ACO

Employees and their covered dependents enrolled in the Kelsey ACO plan can call Kelsey Telemedicine at 713-442-0427 or log in to www.kelsey-seyboldvirtualhealth.com/. Be sure to download the Kelsey app as well.

Aetna

For employees enrolled in any HISD medical plan and their covered dependents, the Aetna 24/7 Nurse Line is prepared to take calls and answer questions at 800-556-1555. Be sure to download the Aetna app as well.

Houston Health Department

The Houston Health Department has a Coronavirus hotline at 832-393-4220, which is available to all employees and their household members.

HISD Health and Wellness Centers

If you think you may have the coronavirus, these centers are available at no charge to employees and their covered dependents enrolled in an HISD medical plan. Call first before going to one of the clinics so that you may be properly evaluated and limit everyone’s exposure. Additional information regarding the HISD Health and Wellness Centers is located at www.houstonisd.org/Page/172022.

Next Level Urgent Care Centers

HISD employees enrolled in a medical plan have access to the Next Level Urgent Care Centers across the Houston area as well. Select Plan members pay no fee, while medical plan members and their covered dependents pay $20. Call before going so that you can be properly evaluated and limit everyone’s exposure. Additional information and maps are available at www.houstonisd.org/Page/176298. They have a mobile app as well.

Express Scripts

Express Scripts Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Steve Miller addresses some of the most frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and your prescription drug benefits in a video here.

For comprehensive benefits information and resources, call the Benefits Service Center at 877-780-HISD (4473).

TWC Child Care Program

The Texas Workforce Commission offers financial aid to parents with children under 13 years of age and who meet eligibility criteria via their Child Care Program.

“Eligible families of children under the age of 13 may receive child care financial assistance so that parents can work, attend school, or participate in training.”

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis; must meet eligibility requirements, and applicants will be placed on a waiting list until the application is processed and approved. Currently, 3-month temporary emergency assistance is being provided to identified essential workers who meet eligibility criteria.

Any parent who believes they qualify can complete and submit this application to the email address included – COVID.childcare@twc.state.tx.us

Employees should select “Other” for the occupation that qualifies you as an essential worker and add “Houston ISD Employee” in the description.

Weekly Teacher Download for March 9

2020 March 6
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ALL TEACHERS

Special Education Parent Summit: The Office of Special Education Services in collaboration with Dyslexia Services will host the OSES Spring Parent Summit on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th St., 77092). The theme of the summit is “Passport to Success: Supporting the Whole Child,” and will address topics such as dyslexia, behavior, transition, and social skills.  In addition, Autism will be highlighted as April is Autism Awareness month. A light breakfast will be provided as well as childcare services for parents to attend the session (Parents may identify needs during registration).  For more information and to register, click here.

Open Transfer Period: ​HISD’s annual Open Transfer Period will begin on Monday, April 20 and end at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22.  Transfer requests will not be considered after May 22.During this period, eligible teachers and nurses are free to transfer between HISD campuses to fill open positions for the 2020-2021 school year.  Application guidelines and eligibility are forthcoming and will be posted on myHISD. If a contract employee decides to resign from the district, please remind them that the penalty-free deadline is July 10. If you have additional questions, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.

Digital Literacy Moments Challenge: Digital Literacy Moments Challenge: The Education Technology team invites students K-12 to work as teams to produce a 60-90 second digital animation and/or video, highlighting important tips about how to be safe online. “Digital Safety Moments” can be produced in any format, including live video, animation or a sequence of narrated images. Click here to view previous submissions and review possible topics. Deadline for submissions is March 29. For more information on the challenge, click here.

ELEMENTARY

Literacy X3 Reboot Day 2: In partnership with Scholastic, the Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Office will provide and facilitate Day 2 of a full-day training for the district’s Literacy X3 Reboot from March 10-May 7 at HISD Educational Learning Center (10725 Mesa Dr., 77078). All kindergarten through third-grade teachers will attend a day of professional learning centered around building a culture of independent reading and holding students accountable for grade level comprehension and vocabulary standards. Teachers will attend the professional learning sessions with their grade level band.  Schools may choose to stagger the teachers in attendance or send them on the same day in grade level teams for both rounds of professional learning. For more information, click here.

SECONDARY

HISD Summer Internship Now Open: HISD is currently accepting applications for its 2020 Summer Student Leadership Program, a six-week paid summer internship and leadership development program for HISD high school students and alumni currently enrolled in college. The program, which runs from June8-July 16 will select 65 students to complete an internship in various departments under the mentorship of district leaders. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 8, 2020. The application process requires students to complete two steps, outlined at www.HoustonISD.org/Intern.

Civil Knowledge and Action project: Through a collaboration with DoSomething.org, The Council of Great City Schools and College Board are excited to announce the Civic Knowledge and Action Project for schools that offer AP U.S. Government and Politics and AP with WE Service. The project aims to help students participate in the real-world application of their course content by leading voter registration drives in their schools and promoting census participation in their communities. For more information, click here.

CTE Professional development: The CTE Department is offering the following training, “Soar High with Drones” on March 26. For more information on the trainings and OneSource course numbers, click here.

Call for CTE presenters: Do you have a best practice you would like to share with your peers?  Are you interested in leading a professional development? We’d love for CTE teachers to consider sharing what you are teaching and show how you’re preparing students for certifications, employment and beyond. Also, this helps empower peer collaboration by creating space and time for authentic planning and collaboration. To submit your request, click here.  

College and Career Readiness Survey: As part of the efforts to better assist students as they transition into life after high school, a districtwide survey will be administered to seniors through a course on the HUB entitled “College and Career Readiness Survey”. The information gathered in the survey will assist the College Readiness Department and will be used in an evaluation of the program by the Department of Research and Accountability. Each senior in the district will be placed in this course and assigned the survey as a task, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All surveys should be completed by March 27.