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06-22-20 Superintendent Letter to Staff

MPS COVID 19 update graphicDear MPS Staff,

On June 18, 2020, a draft Remote Work Standard Operating Procedure was discussed with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors at a special board meeting. This procedure will be used moving forward to create the framework for employees to work remotely in extenuating circumstances. The current public health crisis is an evolving situation, therefore the following materials are subject to modifications.

Employees considering remote work due to the pandemic should discuss with their immediate supervisor. Some work functions may not be able to be completed remotely. Employees performing these non-remote capable work functions may not be eligible for remote work or may only be eligible for a partial remote work schedule.

Specific remote work schedules, remote work tasks, and other remote work considerations should be discussed between the employee and supervisor and memorialized in a Remote Work Acknowledgment Form. An employee may only work remotely when the Remote Work Acknowledgment Form has been signed by the employee, their supervisor, and their chief. Additional guidance for the supervisor and employee is available in the Remote Work Standard Operating Procedures.

Supervisors are expected to maintain supervision and accountability with any employee working remotely in the same manner as an employee physically reporting to work.

Work rules apply to employees working remotely. As you consider remote work, remember:

  • Employees are expected to work during the normal work day. Employees who cannot perform work duties during part or all of the work day are expected to follow normal procedures for taking leave.
  • Outside employment during the normal work day is prohibited, except as outlined in the Employee Handbook. Employees may be subject to disciplinary action if they engage in outside work during the normal work day.
  • Employees are expected to remain local to allow the employee to return to the office when necessary to pick up essential items or to perform essential duties that cannot be performed remotely. The employee and supervisor may discuss the remote work location as part of the remote work plan.

Employees are encouraged to discuss remote work and share any questions with their supervisor. The administration will continue to review and update the remote work procedures. Staff may submit feedback on the standard operating procedure, acknowledgment, templates, or anything else that relates to remote work for administration to consider updating. 

Sincerely,

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Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools

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