TVUSD Staff Update
Friday, August 28, 2020
A Message from Superintendent McClay
Please accept my heartfelt accolades, compliments, and sincere appreciation for what each and every one of you has collectively made possible in the past two weeks! In every role, we have seen, heard, and personally witnessed tireless efforts to ensure our students, families, and colleagues are supported and moving forward with the new school year. From working the phone lines or one-on-one with students to ensure they can log-in to their virtual classrooms, to packing meals, cleaning and maintaining facilities and grounds, delivering devices, and facilitating learning via Zoom, everyone has gone above-and-beyond to launch the 2020-2021 school year in a completely new format! On behalf of our Governing Board, Cabinet, and community, thank you for your hard work, and for continuing to give yourselves and others grace.
As you may have seen in this week’s community newsletter, we continue to receive state and county updates with regard to potential transitions and changes in mandates and restrictions. It’s clear that there is a growing understanding from our state and county leaders that our students, families, and staff need opportunities to balance access and resources, while still adhering to safety precautions and individual needs.
I want to reassure you that we are evaluating every new development with thoughtful and careful consideration. While it will always be our ultimate goal as an educational institution to return our students and staff to full-time, on-campus learning environments, we are considering all factors before making any decisions that may affect transitions. We will continue to provide opportunities for you to share your voice and input along the way. This is not a sprint to the finish line. It is a marathon, and it requires each of us to very thoughtfully and deliberately plan, exercise, and evaluate our strengths, concerns, and circumstances as we move forward.
I am going to keep this short today and just want to again say, thank you. Please get some rest and take time to recharge this weekend. Turn off your devices, computers, and phones, if you can!
I appreciate you all and am so proud to serve this district.
Just A Few Quick Items to Share
We know you are already inundated with emails and communication from a variety of sources, so we are keeping today's communication brief. We will be consolidating department communication as best possible to combine messages that are not time-sensitive into a weekly communication to staff.
Much of the immediate need to know information is contained in the community newsletter distributed earlier today to families and staff. You can access it here if you would like to review it.
For now, just a couple of quick items
- Reminder About RCOE's Child Care Assistant for TVUSD Employees
- Scam and Sales Emails/Calls
- Political Activities Information for Public Employees
- Reminder - Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Input
- Next Board Meeting - September 1, 2020
Child Care Program Available to TVUSD Classified and Certificated Employees
Effective August 2020, Riverside County Office of Education, Early Care and Education (RCOE ECE) is available to provide needed child care services for those essential workers reporting to their worksites. This is available to certificated and classified employees who meet the criteria identified in linked attachments.
What services will be provided?
For those still physically reporting to their worksite, a temporary subsidized payment to assist with the cost of child care services for your children (ages birth to 13) through September 30, 2020* to allow you to continue working during this time (paid directly to your child care provider).
What do you need to do to get started?
Contact RCOE ECE to request services through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 442–4927 (please be sure to identify yourself as an essential worker and provide your best contact phone number and email).
Please see the linked documents with additional information and criteria.
This is a program coordinated through RCOE, so you will need to contact them directly with questions about the program.
SCAM AND SALES EMAILS
The best rule of thumb for anyone contacting you via your work email is to be sure you know and can verify the email and person that is contacting you. Never provide your personally identifiable information, passwords, mother's maiden name, credit cards, etc., to anyone via email. NO TVUSD departments will contact you by email and ask for your personal information for you or your computer. TVUSD does not provide anyone, not even our authorized vendors with employee's contact information.
There's a prominent scam occurring right now. You may receive an email that appears to be from a colleague, a principal, or a parent asking for your help or participation in purchasing gift cards. "I'm out of town and can't get back in time to pick it up, etc." You think it's strange but ok, I guess they are really in a bind today. Unfortunately, its a scam.
Remember, TVUSD employee email addresses all end with tvusd.us or you may still see tvusd.k12.ca.us. The email will usually be slightly different but it may appear that it is indeed someone you know. For parents and outside contacts, be very wary. Best case, don't respond unless you are absolutely certain. If it is spam, then make sure to go into your email and mark that communication as spam. IMS is constantly updating filters too.
Unfortunately, personally and professionally, we will never be able to keep up with the scams that are being created every day. In all facets of your life, be safe, and NEVER EVER give out your personal information or passwords over email or the phone unless you have directly reached out to the company or person known to you.