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  1. Standard Operating Procedures Guidelines and Support

  2. EMPLOYMENT CALENDAR • Calendars for continuing staff should already be on file • New staff complete calendar at orientation • Employee completes calendar worksheet in consideration of: • District calendar(s) • Region Meeting Schedule • Agency needs/services • When worksheet approved by RA or supervisor, NCR copy returned to employee for signature • Employee submits signed calendar to Region Secretary for distribution • Yellow copy is returned to employee for your records

  3. CALENDAR CHANGE REQUESTS • When it is necessary to change your employment calendar to accommodate agency/school needs, complete a calendar change request form • Calendar changes are to occur within the same work year • A non-work day may not be changed to a work day for the purpose of taking leave • Submit request form to Region Secretary • Change requires RA/supervisor approval

  4. SCHEDULES • Weekly schedules required unless schedule remains constant* • Notify Secretary of “out of assignment” events in case of emergency** • Voice mail should also reflect changes of schedule***

  5. PHONE • Setting up your voice mail • Security code • Greeting • Checking voice mail • Inside the agency • Press “phml” button on phone, or • Dial “6555” using any phone in the agency • Outside the agency • Dial 399-6555 or 1-800-798-9771, follow prompts

  6. ELECTRONIC REIMBURSEMENT • Submit claims for mileage online • Reimbursement at 34 cents per mile • Submit claims for non-mileage expenses online Examples of non-mileage expenses: a. Meals during out-of-area Agency travel b. Other Agency-directed travel expenses such as lodging c. Supplies you have purchased out-of-pocket when not adequate time to process a purchase order (For example – materials for a presentation) Maximum reimbursement is $50 per cash purchase. **First option for general office supplies is to obtain items through your region secretary.

  7. ….Electronic Reimbursement…. • Receipts are required for all on-line claims excluding meals • Meals are reimbursed at per diem rate established by Gov’t Services Administration (GSA). GSA Quick Reference located at top of reimbursement claims system screen. • Reimbursement for cell phone at 13 cents per minute not to exceed $30 per month • See pink sheet for detailed instructions of reimbursement system

  8. MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT • For itinerant staff – from agency to site (or home to site – whichever is less) • Applies to home-officed staff as well

  9. ….Electronic Reimbursement…. • Employees are advised to submit claims on a monthly basis – by last working day of each month. • Claims submitted more than 6 months after expenses incurred are not eligible for reimbursement. • Payment for approved claims is made the second Wednesday of each month.

  10. LEAVE FORMS • Employee Leave Form • Professional Leave Request • Professional Leave Reimbursement Form • Agency Directed Travel Request

  11. EMPLOYEE LEAVE FORMS • Used for absences that occur on scheduled work day • Leave types include personal leave, emergency leave, illness (personal or family), bereavement, jury duty and leave without pay. • Report absence to Secretary • For scheduled absences, leave form to be submitted to Region Secretary prior to absence for RA/supervisor approval • For unscheduled absences, leave form to be submitted immediately upon return to work (no later than one week following absence)** • Copy returned to you for your records

  12. PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUEST • To promote and support professional growth • Must be job-related and timely application is considered • Request to be completed, submitted, and received by Region Secretary 15 “Agency Days” prior to event • Upon approval by RA/Supervisor, request is submitted for executive approval • Executive approval to employee within 10 Agency days

  13. ….Professional Leave Request…. • As general rule, applications to be submitted no later than March 1, or at least 3 months prior to leaving the Agency, whichever is first. Helps to establish job-related nature of expense. • Total amount of request not to exceed the balance available at the time expense incurred

  14. PROFESSIONAL LEAVEREIMBURSEMENT FORM • Employee makes personal payment for activities and expenses • After event, employee submits completed form (signed and dated) to Region Secretary for approval. • Employee is to attach necessary receipts for air fare, parking, lodging, or registration. (Meals and mileage do NOT require receipts.)

  15. AGENCY DIRECTED REQUEST • Travel is directed by RA/Supervisor (specify if travel is directed by someone other than own RA/Supervisor) • Complete and return form to Region Secretary 5 days prior to departure • Approval required before departure • Expenses submitted on electronic claim system

  16. ONLINE SERVICES AVAILABLE • GWAEA home page • Software (far right link on maroon bar) • Computer Services (2nd link on list) • Employee Inquiry (last link in right-hand column)

  17. …Online Services Available…. • Sign on by entering first name, last name and last 4 digits of Social Security Number (SSN) • Employee Inquiry • Address • Job History • Contact List • License • Leave Balance Information

  18. PURCHASE ORDER REQUISITION • Request form from Region Secretary • Complete needed information • Return form to Region Secretary for RA/ Supervisor approval • Upon approval, Region Secretary will submit Purchase Order online

  19. WRITTEN REPORT FORMAT • Some of you may need to submit reports from referrals. Reports may be dictated and submitted to assigned secretary for typing. • If you intend to type your own reports, please contact your Region Secretary for the correct format. **IMPORTANT: Check for correctly spelled name and DOB • All reports should be signed and dated by the staff person

  20. TIME SHEETS • CONTRACTED: Time sheets are used only when you are a new employee to the agency and your contract has not yet been signed or for added days • CLASSIFIED: Use online Payroll Time Card System • Go to GWAEA Home Page. Click on School Management. Click on Computer Services. Click on Payroll time Card System. Choose District (Grant Wood AEA), enter birthdate and password (password is last four digits of your social security number.) Enter time and submit. • Employees are to certify their weekly timecards by the end of their work day on Friday each week.

  21. POLICIES & PROCEDURES • Documentation, accrual and use of comp time • Conflict of interest and secondary employment • Blood borne Pathogens and Injury • Home Visit Safety Issues

  22. EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR • Provide data at conclusion of service • Collect data at end of 9 weeks • Need measurable baseline • EYSE conferences by February or March • Consider next summer, calendar change 1 day = 8 hours • Frequency, Duration, Location

  23. NAME BADGES • Helpful to others • School policy

  24. SALARY LANE CHANGES • Contracted staff may advance their placement on the salary schedule by completing additional hours beyond their degree • Employees advised to submit application to their Prog/Serv Admin or Assoc Admin before taking coursework to be sure coursework has been approved for salary purposes • Semester hours for lane change to be completed by September 1 • Evidence of additional hours to be submitted to HR Office by October 1

  25. ….SALARY LANE CHANGES…. • Salary lane changes are presented to Board at October meeting and change is retroactive to beginning of work year • If hours completed and submitted before August Board meeting (3rd Wed of month), it’s possible lane change may be presented prior to October and included in first paycheck • HR Office sends annual notices of employee progress towards lane change

  26. GRANT OPPORTUNITIES • Before initiating grant application, important to communicate and work with supervisor, Business Manager (x6704) and Resource Development Specialist (x6442) • When a grant has been approved for funding, a project manager is identified, an account number is assigned and financial activity is monitored by the project manager. • Budget changes may only be made according to grant guidelines and within the period authorized by the grant (same school year of the activity). • Status reports required by the funding source are typically the responsibility of the project manager and financial reporting is to be coordinated with the Business Manager.

  27. EMPLOYEE INFORMATION RESOURCES • Master Agreement for Contracted Staff • www.aea10.k12.ia.us/intranet/docs/contractedagreement07-08.pdf • Master Agreement for Classified Staff • www.aea10.k12.ia.us/intranet/docs/classifiedagreement07-08.pdf • Business and HR Procedures Manual • www.aea10.k12.ia.us/intranet/busprocemanual.pdf • Board Policy Manual • www.aea10.k12.ia.us/policy/policysearch.cfm