Burke County Public Schools

Helpful Resources from Human Resources - January 2021

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As soon as we have information on when and where BCPS employees can start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, we will pass it on to you. We are working closely with the Burke County Health Department and Carolina HealthCare System Blue Ridge and hope to have more information soon. Burke County has vaccinated health care workers and long term-care staff and residents. The county is currently vaccinating adults 65 and older. Those in education are considered frontline essential workers and are the next group to be vaccinated.

Contagious Disease Leave

In order to help protect the public health and safeguard the well-being of public school employees, Contagious Leave is available to employees of Burke County Public Schools.

Contagious Leave may be granted to employees for the following:

  • Employees who are sick due to symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Employees who have members of their household who are sick due to symptoms of COVID-19
  • Employees who are quarantined because of exposure to someone positive with COVID-19

Please check with your immediate supervisor if you need more information about Contagious Leave.

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At this time, there is not a face-to-face meeting scheduled for employees to learn more about retirement options. However, the NC Retirement System is offering virtual information sessions every Wednesday during January and February.

Click here to view the Calendar of Events for the NC Retirement System and register for an information session.

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School system employees receive lots of emails about retirement planning. Please visit our finance department's website to see a list of approved supplemental retirement providers.
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Do you have student loans and would like to see if you qualify for loan forgiveness? Please click here to visit DPI's website to see if you would qualify to have a percentage of your loan forgiven.
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The loan application for National Board Certification has reopened. If you are still interested in receiving state funding for the 2020-2021 assessment cycle, then please complete the application as soon as possible. The application is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm on January 27, 2021. Applications will be approved on a first come first serve basis and will not be accepted after the deadline. Funding is limited, so the application may close prior to January 27 if capacity is reached. This will be the last opportunity to apply for the 2020 loan cycle. It is important to note that you will need to obtain your Candidate ID from the National Board prior to applying for the loan.

Please contact Catrina Parker (catrina.parker@dpi.nc.gov) with questions or concerns.

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Did you know Burke County Public Schools' Employee Assistance Program offers a free monthly seminar on a variety of topics? January''s topic is Reframing Your World. The entire calendar of seminars for 2021, along with a link to view the seminar, can be found below.
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Teachers can check their CEU's by logging into their TimeKeeper account.

Attached below are the CEU requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.


Do you have a certificate that needs to be added to your CEU report? Click here for the step by step directions on how to submit your certificate.

When entering information in TimeKeeper, if the professional development activity was in the area of technology, please make sure you choose "Digital Learning". Technology is no longer required. The new term DPI uses for this credit is "Digital Learning".

Have you entered a professional development activity into TimeKeeper and it was rejected? If so, you can click on the activity and find out the reason it was rejected.

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Employees are encouraged to keep their address up-to-date with the Human Resources Department. Any employee that needs to change their address, should complete the Address Change Packet attached below and send to Tammy Huffman.

An appointment is required for any employee that needs to change their legal name. After an employee receives their new driver's license and social security card, they can contact Tammy Huffman at 439-4322 to schedule an appointment to officially change their name with Burke County Public Schools.

Human Resources Directory

Corona Caldwell-Kanipe - TeacherMatch, Worker's Comp, and Hiring Process


Rocky Epley - Licensure, Retirement, and NCEES


Tammy Huffman - Benefits (State Health Plan and Pierce Group Flexible Benefits), Substitutes, Frontline (AESOP), and FMLA (includes maternity leave)


Debbie Story - Transcripts, Volunteers, and CEU's