To Support Staff:

Superintendent Darrel Robertson’s email (Back-to-School Information on Schools Re-entry Plan) dated Aug. 4, 2020 was sent to all district staff EPSB emails and included in ‘Back to School’ Information – #1 through CUPE Local 3550 home email list On Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.

Chief Human Resources Officer Angela Anderson’s email (Returning to the Workplace) dated Aug. 10, 2020 was sent to all district staff EPSB emails and is included below.

There are two things from Angela Anderson’s message that I want to highlight:
1. Re-entry Information Package for Staff. This document is available on Connect.
2. Deadline to complete and submit Accommodation Request form is MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020.
If you might require an accommodation due to COVID-19, please submit a request through the link provided.
“To ensure we have enough school staff in place to meet operational needs upon re-entry, we ask that if you are unable to perform the requirements of your role at the worksite due to your unique circumstances, that you reach out to your DU Administrator and complete the Accommodation Request Form by August 17, 2020. Accommodation requests will be reviewed by Human Resources – Staff Relations on a case-by-case basis.”

Stay safe and healthy!

Carol Thompson
President, CUPE Local 3550
780 455-1435 – ext. 22
(c) 780 887-3552; Fax: 780 452-1462

14207 115 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 3B6
(NOTE: parking lot on south side of building)

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“From: Angela Anderson <Angela.Anderson@epsb.ca>
Sent: August 10, 2020 4:35 PM
To: EPS District Staff <eps-staff-list@epsb.ca>
Subject: Returning to the Workplace

On July 21st, the provincial government announced that in-person classes, at near normal operations with health measures in place, will resume this fall across Alberta. In order to get ready, our Division has been working hard to prepare to welcome students and staff back.

As we return, each school in our Division will follow the COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy, which is developed around three key concepts—safety or the mitigation of risk, family choice and continuity of learning—which all work together to support a return to in-person classes in September. Please review this strategy for an overview of how schools will look different as we resume in-person classes this fall.

School-based staff
We are excited to resume in-person instruction and collaboration with each other; however, we know that some staff are apprehensive about returning in-person. We understand that you have many questions about what re-entry will look like and what measures the Division has implemented to support your safety and well-being.

The Division Re-entry Strategy guides staff through the comprehensive and integrated strategies that will be put in place across Division schools. Schools will also be creating their own school-specific strategies, which will be posted later this week. These strategies are based on direction from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health and Alberta Education.

In addition to the Division’s school-based strategy, a number of resources have been created to answer the questions you may have about re-entry. These resources, including the Re-entry Information Package for Staff, are available on Connect and they will be updated as the COVID-19 situation evolves throughout the school year. Prior to reviewing the re-entry resources, we encourage you to watch this brief introductory video.

To ensure we have enough school staff in place to meet operational needs upon re-entry, we ask that if you are unable to perform the requirements of your role at the worksite due to your unique circumstances, that you reach out to your DU Administrator and complete the Accommodation Request Form by August 17, 2020. Accommodation requests will be reviewed by Human Resources – Staff Relations on a case-by-case basis.

Non-school based staff
We know that many of our non-school staff have questions about possible return to worksites. Now that the school-focused documents have been publicly released, we are turning our attention to the non-schools sites. For now, unless non-school staff are required to be on site to support school start-up, work from home will continue. More information about return to non-school worksites will be available soon, which will include timelines and safety plans.

Non-school based staff are still encouraged to read the COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy. You are also encouraged to read the Division’s resources that have been created about re-entry on Connect. These resources, including the Re-entry Information Package for Staff, have been created to answer the questions you may have about re-entry and they will be updated as the COVID-19 situation evolves throughout the school year.

Supply staff
Supply staff are encouraged to read the COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy and review the Re-entry Information Package for Supply and Temporary Staff on Connect. This detailed guide provides information specific to your re-entry to Division worksites in the fall. The Supply Services site will have the most up-to-date information for your reference.

We look forward to welcoming you back in-person and want you to know that your safety and well-being is at the centre of our re-entry plans.

Angela

Angela Anderson
Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources
Edmonton Public Schools
(780) 429-8070”

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