August 11, 2016
August 11, 2016
August 11, 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already, and we are very excited to kick off another awesome school year. We realize how hectic and incredibly busy this time of year can be, and appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work. In an effort to improve our processes, and keep our students and campuses safe, we wanted to provide a few brief updates on the following:
The reporting and investigation process of student injuries/accidents is a two-step process, requiring two (2) separate forms to be completed following an injury/accident involving a student:
Click here for the “Blood Borne Pathogens “At-Risk” Employee Notification form. This form is included on the new hire checklist and should be distributed to newly hired employees in job classifications that are considered to put an employee at risk of coming in contact with blood borne organisms. “At Risk” job classifications are listed on the notification.
Administrators should notify all newly hired employees, who would be considered at “at risk”, of the availability of Hepatitis B vaccination at all on-site CareHere Health and Wellness Centers. Eligible employees need to contact their school nurse to arrange to receive the vaccine. Worksites without a school nurse may contact Jeanie Batto at extension 4-2057 for assistance to arrange for staff at your location to receive the vaccine.
All staff in an “At Risk” job classifications are required to complete training upon initial hire (or initial assignment) and at least annually while employed in a job classified as “at risk”. Training is available online.
Schools should receive the 2016-2017 applications for Student Accident Insurance from School Insurance of Florida. Please distribute these applications to each student to provide their Parent/Legal Guardian an opportunity to purchase this valuable coverage.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed interim guidance for kindergarten through grade 12 district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to the Zika virus infection. This guidance provides an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities of public health authorities and school officials, describes prevention measures that schools can take to reduce mosquito exposure, and provides information on response planning. To view the CDC guidance on the Zika virus, click here. To keep students and staff safe from infectious diseases, the Readiness and Emergency Management for School Technical Assistance offers a variety of resources. Click here to view these resources. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has also created a local campaign to reduce mosquito exposure called Spill the Water!
Please review the Communications Guide and the Social Media Guidelines available for download on the Communications & Government Relations website. The Communications Handbook explains the services provided by the Communications & Government Relations Department. It also gives tips for working with the media and includes a style guide with tips for using the district logo and the official district PowerPoint template that should be used for all official PowerPoint presentations. The Social Media Guidelines are designed to help employees avoid pitfalls and to assure that everyone knows what is and what is not acceptable use of social media in the profession.
As we approach the 2016 Primary and General Elections, Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has prepared a voter guide so you can #BeElectionReady. This guide contains information regarding:
The Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office can be reached at 1-800-851-8754.
"The Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, and Republican nominee Donald Trump have yet to release comprehensive K-12 policy plans. To give a sense of where they stand, Education Week reviewed their statements, proposals, and positions on a dozen education policy issues, from school choice to school safety. Some material is drawn from their 2016 presidential campaigns, some from before they began their current quests for the White House." Click here to read more of the article.
Pasco County's Emergency Services Director Kevin Guthrie recently penned an op-ed that was distributed to local news editors. It covered important information regarding the historic flooding Pasco County has faced. Click here to read his letter.
Citizen input is needed for Pasco County's Strategic Plan. Click here for more information on how you can participate.
On Tuesday, August 16, at 8 a.m., there will be a ground breaking ceremony at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, featuring Commissioner Mike Moore.
Over the last year and a half, the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) has developed 166 collections of digital resources on the iTunes U platform for teachers, parents, and students. These collections help transform teaching and learning by providing course resources Aligned to the Florida Standards, Vetted by teachers, and Embraced by students; creating an A.V.E. for Success. These collections also go a step further than most in that they include resources specifically for English Language Learners and Exceptional Student Education students. There are over 22,200 digital resources that have been added to the collections. Click here to download the latest collection, A.V.E. for Success Course: Early Childhood Education 2 on iTunes. Anyone with a free Apple ID is able to access the content though iTunes U on an iOS device or iTunes on a desktop or laptop computer.
Superintendent Browning, From June 14-June 20, a group of 30 Pasco High School sophomores traveled to Iceland for a class trip. The group learned about the country's geothermic energy, explored Iceland's parks and cities, experienced Icelandic culture and hiked on a glacier. This amazing opportunity would not have been possible without the dedication of Mr. Charlick and Mrs. Graham. On behalf of all of the parents and students who participated in this trip, we would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to Mr. Charlick and Mrs. Graham for providing our children this learning experience. Thank you so much! -Donna College, Office for Teaching and Learning
Communications and Government Relations Director Cobbe, Andy Dunn did an amazing job putting the TWS videos together and they could certainly be great training/teaching tools for all schools. -Jenna Sage, PhD, BCBA, Student Support Programs and Services
Superintendent Browning, I'm sending you a "Shout Out" for outstanding customer service provided by your HR representatives Cathy Dehoff and Andrea Herrman. For the past two week I have received, from both ladies, nothing less than superior service as it relates to my desires to be a substitute teacher in your district. Their knowledge, kindness, and willing to help is not what you find in all HR offices at the county level. They should be congratulated! I will be arriving at my home in Port Richey on June 22 in prep for my relocation. I'm looking forward in serving your school district! -Robert L. Kirk
Gentlemen, I would like to pass this message along to you that I received today from the Principal’s Secretary at JLMS. Our TrC employee Bill Connolly was ask to fill in for an employee who missed the training for registration day. He not only stepped up and attended a training class at the last minute but he single handedly assisted JLMS with bus information for the masses at registration day. I had planned on staying with him to assist but was called away to WRHS as they had not prepared for our transportation representatives and needed a 3rd hand getting the computers set up. -Bonnie Rudge, FSS - Transportation Central