We know it has been a challenge to conduct your day-to-day operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and thought you might appreciate some of the ways that Comply has been helping educators stay on track.
School Safety and Health Funding Announcement
The School Safety and Security Committee, established with the Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) announced the availability of School Safety and Security funding to support COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grants for the 2020-2021 school year. School entities are immediately eligible to apply for these funds to address COVID-19-related health and safety needs.
Applications must be submitted electronically through PCCD’s Egrants system no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. You can find more information about PCCD grants including grant guides and frequently asked questions on the School Safety and Security Webpage.
Eligible Program Activities and Expenses include training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases, as well as the purchase of educational technology for distance learning that helps ensure the continuity of education. Comply can be purchased with a small portion of the funding and will help with the implementation of these health and safety plan requirements and the facilitation of remote learning plans and sign-offs.
Health and Safety Plan
PDE released guidance protocols for the reopening of schools for 2020-2021, requiring school entities to have a comprehensive Health and Safety Plan. Use Comply to ensure your staff are informed about your district’s reopening Health and Safety Plan. Build a compliance item that shares critical information with your staff and require an electronic sign-off. If desired, build a questionnaire in Comply and attach it to this item, giving your employees an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Learn more about the PDE Guidelines for Reopening.
Zoom/Go-To/Webinar In-service Days
Set up and organize in-service activities within Comply that contain everything that your staff needs (i.e., agendas, feedback forms, zoom/go-to meeting links, etc.) and when the meeting is over, quickly and easily submit Act 48 hours directly to PERMS.
Provide important documents, surveys, notices, etc., to the dashboard of each staff member within Comply where they can electronically provide feedback and a digital signature.
Track dates and ensure staff renew their clearances on time, including the three background checks and state-mandated trainings like Child Abuse/Mandated Reporter.
Offer district-specific professional development to your teachers. With Comply you can organize professional development, assign to teachers, monitor completion, gather feedback, and submit Act 48 hours directly to PERMS. The following are recent examples of professional development that clients are using Comply to facilitate…
- Google Classroom Training
- Google Educator Certification
- Zoom Training
- Screen Recording Training
- Classroom Observation Training
- Online Support for Distant Learning
- Act 80 Lesson Plans
Paperless Requests (Coming Soon!)
Take traditional paper requests forms and make them electronic. Any form (i.e., credit approval, field trip, work order, conference request, comp time, etc.) can be completed and submitted for approval within Comply.
Important Notice Regarding Clearances
This year, 2020, marks the end of the initial five-year period for many educators to renew their three background check clearances. As noted above, many districts are using Comply to facilitate the renewal of these clearances. With Comply, districts have the ability to track dates, provide detailed directions, and send multiple reminders to staff about completing their clearances on time. Additionally, end users can upload their new certificates into Comply so that districts can verify renewal and print a copy for their records. This feature has proven to be helpful and convenient during this time when employees are working remotely from home.