Required Annual Notifications
Illinois law mandates that employees must make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters employed at DPS 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; and social workers and assistants working under the direct supervision of a psychologist. Annual training is required of all mandated reporters.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Federal regulations require all employers to post the updated FMLA Notice.
Computer Acceptable Use
All users of the District Computer System (“System”) must comply with the District’s Acceptable Use Guidelines, as amended from time to time.
The System shall include all computer hardware and software owned or operated by the District, the District electronic mail, the District website, and the District on-line services and bulletin board systems. “Use” of the System shall include use of or obtaining access to the System from any computer terminal, whether owned or operated by the District.
Employees have no expectation of privacy in their use of the System. The District has the right to access, review, copy, delete, or disclose, as allowed by law, any message sent, received, or stored on the District’s electronic mail system. The District has the right to and does monitor use of the System by employees, including employees’ access to the Internet, as part of System maintenance, to determine whether the use is consistent with federal and state laws and District policies and guidelines.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The School District shall provide equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, marital status, arrest record, military status or unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status, provided the individual is authorized to work in the United States, use of lawful products while not at work, being a victim of domestic or sexual violence, physical or mental handicap or disability, if otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, and other legally protected categories.
Drug Free Workplace
All District workplaces are drug- and alcohol-free workplaces. All employees shall be prohibited from:
- Unlawful manufacture, dispensing, distribution, possession, use, or being under the influence of a controlled substance while on District premises or while performing work for the District.
- Distribution, consumption, use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol while on District premises or while performing work for the District
Smoke Free Workplace
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act prohibits smoking in a public place or place of employment or within 15 feet of an entrance, exit, window or ventilation intake to a public place or place of employment. The Illinois School Code further prohibits the use of all tobacco products on school property by any personnel, student or other person when such property is being used for any school purposes.
Persons with addictions to tobacco products are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program.
References: Public Health (410 ILCS 82/) Smoke Free Illinois Act 105 ILCS 5/10-20.5b (1995)
Smoking Cessation Resources: www.smokefree.gov
Since January 7, 2002, DPS has asked that no perfumes, colognes, or scented products be sprayed (used) within the school buildings by either students or staff members. This also includes scented candles, reed diffusers, plug-ins, air-fresheners etc. Please be sensitive to those with respiratory issues, especially during the winter when windows are closed, and remove all scented products from District buildings.
The Custodial Department has products that approved for general use, which are less likely to induce respiratory reactions. Please ask your custodian to provide approved products.
Decatur Public School District #61 is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has an Affirmative Action Program.