Welcome to Decatur Public School District!
Welcome to Decatur Public Schools, we are excited to have you join our team. Decatur Public Schools is a great district where you will have the pleasure to work with dedicated people who are greatly interested in you and in the children of our community.
Employment with the Decatur Public Schools is contingent upon verification of your employment eligibility, which will be determined after you complete our new employee process. This includes a physical exam, tuberculosis test, a fingerprint background check, and submission of required documentation, all described in further detail below. Human Resources will also validate that you meet the required qualifications for the position as well as your eligibility to work in the United States.
In order to get you off to a great start, we ask that all completed paperwork be returned to us two weeks prior to your first day of work. We understand the information overload that can occur at a time such as this. If you need assistance, our phone number and address are listed below.
Thanks for your cooperation and again, welcome to District 61.
No matter what your position, please know that you are an integral part in our goal to improve student achievement.
We look forward to working with you!
Director of Human Resources
STEP 1: Completing the Paperwork.
Please select the paperwork associated with the category of the position for which you have been offered. Once you have completed the paperwork, please return it to the Human Resources office at 101 West Cerro Gordo St. Decatur, IL 62522.
If you experience problems, downloading or completing the paperwork, please call us at 217-424-3046.
STEP 2: Outside Services
All positions in DPS61, including contractors, require a finger print-based criminal history records check. Public Act 93-909 amended Sections 10-21.9* and 34-18.5 of the Illinois School Code [105 ILCS 5/10-21.9; 105 ILCS 5/34-18.5] to require school districts to perform a fingerprint-based criminal history records check (also referred to as a "background check") on all certified and non-certified applicants for employment with a school district. The criminal history records check must be initiated prior to employment.
You must contact Bushue Human Resources Services, Inc. at (217) 342-3042 or toll free at (877) 342-3042 to schedule your fingerprinting. You cannot begin work until this process has been initiated!
Employee TB/Physical Examination
As a condition of employment in the Decatur Public School District you must pass an examination to determine that you are in good health and free of tuberculosis.
Illinois School Code - TB/Physical (105 ILCS 5/24-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 24-5) Physical fitness and professional growth. School boards shall require of new employees evidence of physical fitness to perform duties assigned and freedom from communicable disease, including tuberculosis. Such evidence shall consist of a physical examination and a tuberculin skin test and, if appropriate, an x-ray, made by a physician licensed in Illinois or any other state to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to perform health examinations by his or her supervising physician not more than 90 days preceding time of presentation to the board and cost of such examination shall rest with the employee. The board may from time to time require an examination of any employee by a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, or a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to perform health examinations by his or her supervising physician and shall pay the expenses thereof from school funds. School boards may require teachers in their employ to furnish from time to time evidence of continued professional growth.
(Source: P.A. 94-350, eff. 7-28-05.)
STEP 3: Online Training
Illinois law mandates that employees must make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters employed at DPS61 include: Registered and licensed practical nurses in the schools; teachers; school personnel, educational advocates assigned to a child pursuant to the School Code; truant officers; child care workers; social workers and assistants working under the direct supervision of a psychologist.
You must provide proof, prior to your first day of work, that you have successfully completed the DCFS Mandated Reporter Training. Please print the confirmation that you successfully completed the training and return it to the Human Resources office. This must be done prior to your first day of work.Bloodborne Pathogens
Decatur Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for our entire staff. In pursuit of this goal, all employees annually review the Bloodborne Pathogens exposure control plan (ECP) to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030. As a new employee, you must create a log on and complete the BBP training.
You must provide proof, prior to your first day of work, that you have successfully completed the Bloodborne Pathogens training. Please print the confirmation that you successfully completed the training and return it to the Human Resources office. This must be done prior to your first day of work.
It is not necessary to print the following information. Enrollment forms are included in the New Employee Packet.