Frequently Asked Questions about Harvey
What if I can’t return to my job on Sept. 7. Will you hold my job for me? May I use my leave time?
It will be imperative that you keep in contact with your immediate supervisor regarding your status. You will need to use your leave time once the district has declared we are open for normal operations. Please review Board policy DEC (Local) for more details regarding the usage guidelines of your leave time.
Will we get paid for the time we were off due to the storm?
Exempt staff will be paid as normal for days missed due to the storm until normal operations resume. Once normal operations resume, leave time usage may be required to continue to account for additional time off per Board policy DEC (Local). For hourly and non-exempt staff, the district’s Board of Trustees approved Friday, Sept. 1 a resolution that would allow workers to be paid for days off due to the storm based on regularly scheduled hours (For example: a 6 ½ hour a day employee will be paid for 6 ½ hours each day of the district closure).
How will schools be cleaned properly to ensure that individuals are not exposed to mold?
We do not anticipate having mold issues at our campuses, since flooding was limited to the gymnasium at Anderson Elementary School and no other buildings. That situation is being addressed with carpet removal and deep cleaning before school opens. There were some minor roof looks at a few schools but those are being repaired, and those areas will be thoroughly cleaned also.
What is the Employee Assistance Program and how do I access it?
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers services related to financial counseling, legal issues, and a host of other major, life-changing events. Spring ISD uses LifeWorks as our EAP Provider. LifeWorks consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist with you and your family’s needs. Should you need assistance, we encourage you to use these services offered to Spring ISD employees free of charge by calling 1-800-456-0018.
May I get a loan from the SAFE program?
The Spring Assistance for Educators Program was established to assist employees in the event of a financial hardship with interest-free loans of up to $2,000 that are paid back in installments via automatic check deductions. Examples of items approved for financial hardships are: mortgage and rent payments, electricity, gas, water bills, vehicle repairs and car note payments. The program is used to assist with events that are deemed a necessity by the SAFE loan Committee, which will review all requests.
In order to expedite requests for assistance from SAFE, you are asked to please fill out the form below completely and attach copies of the bills you wish to be paid. If necessary, attach additional information. Submit the SAFE Loan application to the Benefits Office. SAFE Loan application
Will we have to make up the days missed?
The district will not have to make up instructional days lost to the storm. We will change one student holiday/staff development day on April 9, 2018 to a regular school day. Falling right before State testing, we want an extra day of face time with our students. Making this minor change will also give us a one-day cushion should we have any additional inclement weather days this school year. Please review the revised online calendar.