COVID-19 Vaccine Educator Update

The State of Indiana has announced any individual age 50 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Carmel Clay Schools, in conjunction with the Hamilton County Health Department, encourages you to make a vaccination appointment at your earliest opportunity. Appointments for those 50 and older, can be made by calling 2-1-1 or registering at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/. 

K-12 Education Staff Update

Through a federal program, K-12 teachers including educational staff under the age of 50 are now eligible to receive the vaccine at limited locations only. Again, we encourage anyone 50 or older to use the above link for registration. There is very little information out right now and it may be extremely difficult to schedule an appointment for those under 50; however, we wanted to pass along what we know at this time.

It is our hope that our Carmel teachers and staff may sign up as soon as they are able. When registering, you will need to indicate that you are an education staff member and you should bring your CCS ID badge with you to your appointment.    Should we receive any additional information, we will pass it along as soon as we receive it. 

K-12 teachers including educational staff under the age of 50 are now eligible to receive the vaccine at the following locations ONLY:

Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/i/coronavirus-update/vaccine

Meijer: https://clinic.meijer.com/

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Indiana extends COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to people 55 years and older

Please see more info below in the Indy Star article:

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2021/03/02/now-hoosiers-55-and-up-eligible-vaccinated-covid-19/6878258002/

Town Hall with Naomi Bechtold

Naomi Bechtold invites you to a Town Hall on Education next Thursday.  Naomi is running for Indiana Statehouse District 24 Representative. One of her top platforms is education. She has publicly stated the issue most important to her is supporting public school teachers. Support starts with LISTENING to the needs of educators. Naomi invites you to join the conversation!  The virtual town hall is on October 7th at 7pm.  It is an opportunity for educators in House District 24 to learn about her and an opportunity for you to share your stories so she can better serve you at the Statehouse.  

As an Extension Specialist for Purdue University in the area of personal finance management, she works with educators and students of all ages across varied demographics. Naomi understands the field of education is diverse and complex.  Naomi is endorsed by IPACE because of her support of public education and public school educators. You are the education experts-your voice matters. Your representation at the Statehouse matters. Naomi looks forward to seeing you on Zoom October 7th at 7 pm. Please feel free to share this invitation with your fellow educators.  We will provide the Zoom link on Thursday October 7th for anyone interested in attending.  Invitations will also be sent to teachers across Carmel, Westfield, and Zionsville school districts.  

RSVP to cdoran@bechtoldforindiana.com

CTA is Listening and Working

We understand that many of you have concerns and questions about the process that has been happening this summer in preparation for the return to school. Much of what CTA does is in meetings, phone calls, texts, and emails that is not seen publicly. We have created the document below to share with you and make this work more transparent. Know that we value your membership very much and understand the concerns and anxieties you have. We have been working all summer, and are continuing to work each and every day. Please know that if you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact us. We also encourage you to reach out to your administration in order to voice those concerns so that all of us may work together to create the best possible start to the 2020-2021 school year whatever that may look like. We are here for each of you. We truly believe in and value each of you. In these unprecedented times, it is important that we keep the lines of communication open as we all work together to find solutions.

Click here to view the work CTA has been doing for you this summer.

Respectfully,

Your CTA Executive Team

Reminder of Deadlines

We wanted to remind all CCS Educators of two important reminders:  Academic Credit as well as Safe Schools Course Requirements.

Reminder to anyone who has completed additional academic courses:

 August 1st is the deadline to notify our Director of Human Resources, Tom Oestreich, of any additional college or university course hours you have earned which would put you at BS+15, BS+30, MS, MS+15, MS+30, or ED.  Salary increase due to these additional hours would take affect then with the first paycheck for 2020-2021 contract year.  You also would need to provide your transcripts documenting these hours to Human Resources by October 1, 2020.

Pictured below are the specifics in our contract:

Academic Credit contractAcademic Credit contract2

The deadline for you to complete your Safe Schools courses is September 1st. If you have already completed your courses, thank you! See email from CCS with the link to complete courses.  Contact Shelley Coover if you have any questions.

Thanks for all you are doing!