One of the many things impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic is our staffing process. Due to the changing economic landscape in Oregon the District suspended the normal staffing process after the closure that began on March 13th.
We initially expected Student Success Act funds to add many new PAT positions to PPS. Based on these plans, PPS had already completed the first internal round of hiring before the closure. Since then, the changing budget-landscape has created a great deal of uncertainty.
Both the state’s General Fund and the anticipated revenue from the SSA are now expected to be significantly less than was projected earlier this year. The net result of reduced state support, less SSA funds than originally expected, and savings from the furlough and purchasing freeze, will mean approximately 50 new full time educators added for next year. In other words, we’ll have significant losses from what we had hoped and planned for, but will have some modest gains in staffing as compared to this year.
With all of this in mind, we are happy to report that PAT and the district have come to an agreement on a timeline and process for continuing with staffing for the 2020-21 school year. Here are the steps for our revised staffing timeline.
Phase 1: Updated Allocations to Schools- June 11 to June 22
Administrators receive updated allocations and determine changes to their program and schedule changes as needed based on updated budget and programming requirements.
Phase 2: Notification - June 22nd
Administrators notify educators whose position will change from their original 2020-2021 assignment. Some educators may be newly unassigned, others may be restored. Unless your administrator contacts you, you should assume your original assignment at your current school (AY 2019-20) remains in effect.
Any educator who was not unassigned originally, but becomes unassigned after new staffing allocations are determined will be able to apply in a restricted internal round before jobs are posted more widely.
Phase 3: HR Review - June 22 to July 9
Human Resources reviews each school’s updated assignments. All internal transfers that were accepted and still exist will be honored. Any leave of absence request will be honored (unless the educator has requested to rescind).
Phase 4: Finalizing Remaining Assignments - July 6 to July 16
The Office of School Performance and HR will finalize the assignment for any educator who remains unassigned.
Any educator that had previously accepted a transfer for a position that no longer exists will be able to participate in an expedited application and selection process for vacant positions.
Phase 5: Jobs Posted - End of July
HR posts vacancies not impacted by layoff.If needed, HR begins the layoff process by endorsement area and seniority.