Department News and Announcements

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Directories and Calendars
We have several directories available to help you communicate with your peers and colleagues in other buildings.

Key SPPS calendars are available for viewing and download online:

Technology Usage and Safety Procedure
The Technology Usage and Safety Procedure (520.00.1) has been modified to address two major changes.

Acceptable Use Agreement:

  • Staff, contractors, board members and students must sign the agreement.
  • Schools must seek parent or guardian signature on the agreement.
  • If parents/guardians do not sign the agreement, students may not be denied access to technology.

Student Accounts may be disabled or suspended:

  • Due to misuse or abuse of resources
  • If parents sign a technology opt-out form

Note: Teachers must provide special accommodations for students with suspended accounts.

Other sections of this procedure have been updated. For complete information, please refer to the:

Meeting Room Setup at 360 Colborne
If you have a meeting scheduled at 360 Colborne and need audiovisual equipment set up, please contact Larry Weisser 24 hours in advance at 651-767-8299.

Infinite Campus Login Changes
For people who access the Infinite Campus database, you'll notice a change in your log-in process designed to streamline the process, protect SPPS information, and maintain the privacy of students, families and staff:  

Staff

  • Log-in using e######
  • The password is the same as your computer password

Students

  • Log-in usin s######
  • The password is the same as their regular login password

Families and non-SPPS users

  • Same username and password as before.

More details about this change are available on the IT website. If you have any questions, require assistance or need further information, please contact the Service Desk at servicedesk.spps.org or 651-603-HELP. We welcome conversation and discussion around continuing to improve your online experience. 

Monthly Retirement Insurance Sessions 
Join the SPPS Human Resources Department at seminars throughout 2013-14 to discuss and learn about:

  • Personnel policies
  • Retiree insurance benefits
  • Severance program

RSVP: The seminars are open to all employees and their spouses; however, space is limited. If you would like to attend the seminars, email megan.jonesarko@spps.org with your name, if a spouse will be attending, employee ID, title and date of attendance. You will receive a confirmation email of your reservation. We cannot accept phone reservations.

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Monday, February 17, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room B
     
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A
     
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    360 Colborne Street, Room A

Mileage Reimbursement Database Information Available
If you drive for your work, you are entitled to be reimbursed for the miles you drive. Mileage reimbursement is recorded and submitted through the mileage database located at http://mileage.spps.org. To use the system, login with your email username and web mail password.

Please verify in your profile that your starting location, budget code(s), and approver(s) are correct for your assignment for this school year. 

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
Each SPPS building will have a minimum of two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) by the end of September: a wall mounted unit near the front office area and a portable unit generally kept in the nurse's or athletic office. AEDs help diagnose and treat life-threatening cardiac problems by providing an electrical shock.

Training on AED use will be provided throughout the year. Day and night engineers, the school nurse and a front office representative should all take the training; anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. More information on training will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions regarding the AED Plan, please contact the Facilities Department One Stop at 651-744-1800.

New Hand Soap
This school year the Facilities Department will be introducing a new hand soap product district-wide, called Light 'n’ Foamy. Light 'n’ Foamy product highlights include:

  • Uses .7 ml less soap per pump compared to the old soap
  • A refillable soap dispenser with less packaging and product waste
  • Green Seal Certification

Over the next three months, the Facilities Department will be transitioning all buildings to the new hand soap. If you have any questions regarding Light 'n’ Foamy, please contact the Facilities Department’s One Stop at 651-744-1800.

Use of General Cleaners and Disinfectants
Beginning this fall, your school will have new ways to keep its facilities cleaner and students safer, all while reducing waste. SPPS no longer uses products containing potentially harmful chemicals, including disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers and other cleaners. Instead, we will provide classrooms with effective cleaning solutions that are safe and mild.

The district will ensure each classroom has clearly labeled bottles of premixed cleaning solution provided by the building engineer. These can be refilled at any time.

Please help us with this transition by not bringing items that clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect into the school. If a student or staff person brings such supplies, the item should be removed or returned immediately. 

For more information, contact the Environmental Services Group at ESG@spps.org or 651-744-1800. 

Bulb Replacement for Interactive White Boards (IWBs) and Fixed Projectors
If your wall- or ceiling-mounted projectors (including IWBs - but not including free-standing projectors) need replacement bulbs, the Facilities Department will provide a contractor to do the work. However, school sites are responsible for the cost of the bulbs and will have to provide their budget codes. Contact your building’s head engineer and he or she will enter a request via a Facilities Department work order. 

Tutor Opportunities
The Minnesota Reading and Math Corps are still looking for full-time tutors. If someone you know has availability during regular school hours and enjoys working with students, please direct them to http://servemnaction.org/ for more information.