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Klein ISD Employee Update #3 – COVID-19

Klein ISD Employee Update #3 – COVID-19

We hope this update finds you safe and healthy as we continue to actively monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in conjunction with local and federal health authorities.

In this update, you’ll find information regarding:

  • Wellness support for employees
  • Working remotely until April 10
  • Grade submission extension for the third marking period
  • Technology assistance
  • Questions and support

Wellness support for employees

We want to ensure that we continue to prioritize the care of our Klein Family in this difficult situation. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.  In addition, our health benefits provider can provide a Resources for Living toolkit with materials specifically developed for members experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19. For more information contact the Aetna Resources for Living at 1-833-327-2386. Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event [CDC]

Some other things you can do to support your mental health and wellness:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths and stretch. Do your best to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Let’s continue to stay connected and support one another, and if you need any assistance, please use the form at kleinsisd.net/COVID19 for help.

Working remotely until April 10

We know many of you have questions about what is expected from you when our buildings are closed and we suspend normal district operations to work remotely.  We thank you for your flexibility and patience as this situation continues to evolve rapidly. District-level expectations from Human Resource Services may change, but listed below are the basic responsibilities for both exempt and nonexempt employees who continue to receive pay during this time.  More information will be coming soon about specific duties for your role in the district from your principal or direct supervisor.

Professional (Exempt) Employees:

  • Continue to respond to emails within 24 hours.
  • Check work voicemail daily and respond as needed (instructions available here)
  • Familiarize yourself with virtual meeting software and online learning tools as needed https://kisd.us/meetvirtually
  • Be available for virtual meetings and to answer student/parent/employee questions during regular operating hours.
  • Follow specific guidelines and expectations from your supervisor.
  • All other duties as assigned by your principal/supervisor.

Non-Exempt Employees: 

  • All non-exempt (hourly) employees should wait for instructions from their immediate supervisor.
  • Your supervisor will communicate with you about what your duties will be while buildings are closed and normal district operations are suspended.

Grades submission extension for the third marking period  

Elementary Grades

  • The third marking period ended prior to Spring Break on March 6, 2020.  The window for submitting grades for the third marking period has been extended through March 30, 2020.
  • Any necessary changes to the MP3 grade will be processed after we are cleared to return to campuses or when an alternative method is developed. Families can access grades on Family Access Center through Skyward.
  • If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please work with your campus administrator.  

Intermediate and High School Grades

  • The third marking period ended prior to Spring Break on March 6, 2020. The window for submitting grades for the third marking period has been extended through March 30, 2020.
  • Teachers may continue to submit or change grades through Skyward.  If at all possible, please avoid giving incompletes. You can do this by waiving assessments or assignments that students failed and were not provided the appropriate opportunity to retake/reassess. 
  • If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please work with your campus administrator.  

Expectations regarding grading beyond marking period 3 have not been determined at this time.

Technology assistance

On Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will have curbside support available to employees for any technology needs. For essential job functions only, we can lend devices, chargers, and technical support providing employees show their Klein ISD badge.  If you are having issues with your Klein ISD device or need a laptop loan, we have two locations to serve you: the Klein Collins High School bus parking lot or Klein Forest High School at door 64 on the south side of the CTE wing.  

For all other technology assistance, please visit kisd.us/tech to submit a help desk ticket.

Questions and support

Should you have specific questions for the District about anything related to COVID-19 pertaining to Klein ISD, please use the contact form located at kleinisd.net/COVID19 for the quickest response and instead of emailing individuals.  This form is monitored frequently and responses are provided regularly from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays. 

If you have a question that is specific to your campus or department, please contact your principal or direct supervisor.

We know preparing during the fluidity of this situation is challenging, and please know that we appreciate your patience, support, and dedication.  While our District buildings may not be open, Klein ISD is always available to support your needs and the needs of our students. Thank you for all that you do.

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