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RIMSD#41 Staff Testing Requirements
On August 25, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced new requirements for all Pre-K-12 staff. Please read the attached memo and refer to the links below. 
2021-2022 PRIME Grant
The 2021-2022 PRIME Grant Application is now available! The deadline for receipt of the application and completed cover sheet is June 11, 2021. All RIMSD41 teachers may apply for one of our 3 awards - up to $1,500 for Teacher Grants, up to $3,000 for Departmental/School Grants, and up to $5,000 for Multi-School Grants to be used during the 2021-2022 school year. Applicants will be notified of status on July 16 and awards will be announced during the Staff Institute on July 29.
COVID-19 Vaccine 
Attention All Rock Island-Milan Employees,
The Rock Island County Health Department (RICHD) has recently announced that COVID-19 Vaccines will be available to Phase 1A and 1B groups starting Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  "Education" is part of the 1B group.
The District supports all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  However, since Tuesday, January 19, 2021, is the first-day students return to Blended Learning it is crucial we have staff at their assignment while students are in the building.  
Therefore, the District will allow all employees who desire to get the COVID-19 vaccine, to leave their on-site post as soon as possible (i.e. students have been dismissed) on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.   Please communicate with your direct supervisor before leaving to get the vaccine.
Please note,  the link to the RICHD announcement is attached here RICHD.  
  • Locations for the vaccine are listed 
  • it appears vaccines will be administered through drive-up only
  • It appears to be a first-come-first-serve basis  
  • vaccine distribution closes at 2PM on January 19, 2021.
The District will continue to work with the RICHD on establishing an on-site date to provide vaccines to RIMSD employees for the future.  Unfortunately, as of Friday, January 15, 2021, the RICHD and government contracted providers did not have the staff to provide the vaccine at any other locations.  We will keep you posted. 
FAQs below:
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Greater Quad City Auto Auction, 4015 78th Ave., Milan. Vaccine supplies at this point are limited 
  • The pharmacy has three locations in Rock Island County:
  •  2010 1st. St. A, Moline
  • 107 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline
  • 1312 John Deere Expressway, Silvis
  • Please read through the RICHD website for updated locations.
Can I get the vaccine in Rock Island (or Rock Island County) if I live in Iowa?
  • Yes.  The vaccine is provided to those that live OR work in Rock Island County.
Do I need to bring my school ID to get the vaccine?
  • Yes.  "Education" is Phase 1B.  Employees will need to prove they are an essential worker, part of Phase 1B, with their school ID in order to get the vaccine.
Who do I contact if I do NOT have a School ID?
  • Please call 309-793-5900 and ask to speak with Lakisha Randle.  You will then be scheduled to come in for a new school ID card.
2021...Moving Beyond 2020 Virtual Learning Conference
January 4, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Although we are not able to conduct our typical January full day conference, we have adjusted it to be a great day of learning. Take a look at the video (below) to gain an understanding of what will occur on January 4th.
It is important you attend each session you are assigned to as Google Meets will track attendance. If you have any questions, please contact your administrator or supervisor.

The Remote and Blended Learning Plans updates as of March 10, 2021. 
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information
The Rock Island-Milan School District has taken the position to protect their employees as much as possible. One significant way has been that we pay full daily rate when staff are on Expanded Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) regardless is for COVID-19 illness or Childcare. The benefit will expire on December 30, 2020. 
There is more information in the memo below about Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with regards to Emergency Sick Days, Expanded Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) and the application process. 
The school district has also been working with area child care providers to determine child care availability. Below is information from the YWCA of the Quad Cities specific to employees of RIMSD #41.
Google Classroom
Check out these free webinars that cover a variety of topics regarding Google Classroom!
Google Classroom

Staff Online Resources Available for Continued Remote Learning
Please review these resources to assist yourself in the skills needed for Remote Learning possibilities. The resources are available on RIMnet and or as a PDF DOWNLOAD >>

In addition to your feedback about Remote Learning, we have also provided resources on a new State of IL curriculum requirement around LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Biusexual, Transgender, Queer). We have provided you ideas of ways you can begin planning for discussions with students around this topic. These are ONLY a sample of resources. There will be more to come and more you find on your own.

Lastly, we have provided resources around learning more about and ways to begin planning to speak with your students on Race and Equity. These are just some example resources. There will be more to come and more you find on your own.

In this full list of resources, you will see there are some labeled as REQUIRED for K-12 paras, Required for ALL paras, or Required for ALL staff. You will be given time when your contract resumes to complete the one noted as required. However, if you choose to do so early, you will then be able to use the time given when we are back in session for something of your choice. We are working with GCN to put the required videos in the online system so you receive credit for completion. PLEASE hold off on completing the required ones listed until you hear from the District that GCN is ready to deploy these required videos/webinars. You will have to complete the required ones in GCN and will receive actual hour credit/credit toward recertification. 

We encourage you to review any of the other resources that will assist you in planning for effective instruction in the future. We are only able to give actual hour credit or recertification credit for the videos that are required and will be placed into GCN. These are still great resources for your own continued learning.