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Digital Time Capsule

We are building a digital time capsule to feature the creative and innovative ways students and staff are expressing themselves through the arts during distance learning.

Any staff member or student is invited to submit their work. 'We Miss You' videos, collaborative family projects, student work from asynchronous activities or traditional art, music, and theatre are a few examples of the range of material we hope to include.

Please send your submissions to Daphne Shululu at daphne.shululu@icsd.k12.ny.us.

 

Direct Deposit Information

If you have not already completed your application to start “direct deposit” (so that your pay would automatically be sent to your designated bank account), you are urged to do so immediately. You are not required to sign up for direct deposit, but you may wish to do so to ensure timely and uninterrupted receipt of your pay. Click here to learn more and to download the direct deposit authorization form.

 

EAP Resources

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, voluntary, and confidential consultation and assistance to help employees and their immediate family members resolve difficulties that may be affecting their personal life or job performance. Click here to learn more about the EAP.

Teletherapy
Please remember that EAP is here for you during this challenging time. EAP counselors can help you find constructive ways to manage anxiety and any other concerns you may have. They can also help parents and guardians communicate with their children about COVID-19 and allay anxiety they may have regarding the disease and its impacts.

To minimize risk, the EAP is currently offering teletherapy via phone or secure video conferencing. Call 315-471-1361 or email eap@ocmboces.org to schedule an appointment, or if you just need to talk to someone.

Coping With COVID Toolkit
The EAP has gathered a number of resources that you or your family members may find useful during this challenging time. Click here to download the Coping With COVID Employee Toolkit.
 

Mental Health Supports

During this difficult and challenging time, you may be feeling, anxious, sad, overwhelmed, or angry at times. Below are some mental health supports available to you if you find yourself struggling with your emotions.

For additional supports and services, please visit the Tompkins County Department of Health website

211 Tompkins Cortland
211 connects people who have questions about or are in need of any type of service, including employment, housing, health care, mental health, food, and childcare. Click here to search 211's extensive database of local and national organizations dedicated to getting you what you need.

To contact 211, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-877-211-8667) on your phone. You can also contact 211 by texting, emailing, or chatting from your computer. Click here to learn more.

Crisisline
Calling for help when you are in emotional pain is smart. The Crisisline offers free, confidential counseling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The trained and caring counselors are there to listen, support, and guide you.

To access the Crisisline, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Click here to learn more.

Headspace
New York State is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers as a mental health resource for residents coping with the unprecedented public health crisis.

Visit headspace.com/ny to access a collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home mindful workouts, sleep, and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety.

OMH Emotional Support Helpline
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OHM) Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support for those experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.

To access the Emotional Support Helpline, dial 1-844-863-9314Click here to learn more.

Warm Line
The Child Development Council's Warm Line is a free, confidential, and anonymous telephone guidance service for parents and child care providers.

To access the Warm Line, dial 607-273-0259. The Council is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here to learn more.

 

IPEI Situational Grants

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has created a special grant round to support ICSD teachers and professionals during the current social distancing and distance learning events occurring as a result of COVID-19. Specifically, the purpose of the special grant round is to--

  • provide teachers with access to funding to institute, develop, and/or maintain learning in a distance learning environment; and
  • provide funding to allow support staff, such as social workers and special education teachers, to help students facing unique challenges in the current situation.

Individual grants may be funded up to $500 and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To learn more and apply, visit the IPEI website. Questions should be directed to IPEI Executive Director Steven Manley at Steven.Manley@ipei.org

   

Professional Development

 
ICSD Distance Learning PD Website
Our instructional technology team, TOSAs, and librarians have created a website with tutorials, virtual PD sessions, and virtual appointment slots to help educators get the support and instructional technology training necessary to facilitate distance learning.

Click here to visit the Distance Learning PD website.

Teach from Home
Teach from Home is a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Click here to access the Teach from Home website.

 

Staff Benefits

The following benefits apply to all employees covered by the ICSD insurance plan. 

Telemedicine
ICSD employees can receive care 24/7 via telemedicine. This service is provided by MDLIVE, a partner of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Normally, telemedicine visits follow the deductible and copay schedule outlined in your BCBS plan, however, in an effort to free up provider offices, urgent care centers, and hospitals and keep people home, all telehealth visits (not just those related to the coronavirus) are now covered in full for all groups in New York State for the duration of the state of emergency.

Click here for more information and registration instructions.

COVID-19 Coverage
ICSD employee benefits related to COVID-19 include the following:

-No cost to members for COVID-19 testing (where medically necessary/consistent with CDC guidance)

-No cost to members for medically necessary office, urgent care, or ER visits related to COVID-19

-No cost to members for telemedicine services (where plans include a telemedicine benefit)

-Early medication refills available for prescriptions during the state of emergency

-Waiver of early refills limits for 30 or 90-day supplies of medications

-Home delivery available for up to 90-day supply of medication at one time

Visit chooseexcellus.com/covid19 to learn more.

 

Staff Wellness

Visit our staff wellness page for resources to help you stay healthy and fit during the school closure!