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January 18, 2022

Update to COVID-19 Isolation and Return to Work Criteria

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January 18, 2022

We understand that it can be quite confusing to keep up with the evolving COVID-19 guidance, so we are committed to doing our best to keep you informed of the latest information that affects you.

Latest OSHA Mandate News
Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the vaccine mandate set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that was set to take effect last week for large private employers.

This means that ESI will not be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all of our employees. Even without a mandate, ESI continues to encourage you to take advantage of all the tools available to keep you and your families well. 

Free COVID Tests
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four (4) free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free and regardless of insurance. Visit covidtests.gov to request your free tests and check out the other helpful resources available to you.

An additional testing provision by the federal government is for participants on any health insurance plan -- each covered individual can receive up to eight (8) free at-home tests per month. Contact your insurance carrier for additional information. 

CDC Guidance Updated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shortened the recommended isolation time for those positive for COVID-19. ESI has updated our isolation and return to work criteria to align with CDC’s latest recommendations. In summary, regardless of vaccination status:

  • An employee may return to work after five (5) full days of isolation if fever free and symptoms improving
  • Employee should wear mask around others for additional five (5) days

Read the full details here.

What You Need to Know
ESI will continue to keep you informed of our policies during this confusing and rapidly changing phase of the pandemic. We recommend staying up-to-date on your district or organization’s policies. ESI employees are required to abide by their local site requirements.

We continue to be grateful for the important work you do to strengthen our communities. We wish you good health and wellness in the new year!

Warmly,
The Team at ESI

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December 20, 2021

Latest OSHA Mandate News

In November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule to mandate vaccination and testing for all private employers with 100 or more workers. This includes ESI. Shortly after it was issued, several states and businesses challenged this rule in court and the rule was suspended.

On Friday, a federal appeals court reinstated the rule. Those who challenged the law have now requested review by the U.S. Supreme Court. You can learn more about the OSHA rule here.

What does this mean for you?

Because of the pending Supreme Court case, ESI is not currently issuing a policy to mandate vaccines or testing of our employees. We want to avoid additional confusion until the legal process is complete.

While our policy is not yet changing, we continue to strongly recommend vaccination for everyone. It is the best way to protect yourself, your families, and the students and communities you serve. With the news of a new highly transmissible variant emerging, it is more important than ever to get vaccinated.

If the Supreme Court upholds the OSHA rule, ESI will issue a policy mandating vaccines or testing for all ESI employees.
Even if the rule is struck down by the Supreme Court, if a school district or organization whom ESI serves requires vaccination, ESI will require proof of vaccination or testing for all employees serving that client.

Being fully vaccinated is not only good for your health, but will help you avoid any future disruption due to vaccine mandates, federally or locally.

All of us at ESI are grateful for your important contribution to our community. We want you and your families to stay healthy. We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

With gratitude,
The Team at ESI

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November 18, 2021

Latest OSHA Mandate News

Two weeks ago, we shared news of OSHA’s vaccine mandate for large businesses. Yesterday afternoon, OSHA announced they will be suspending their implementation of this rule. You can read their statement here. This suspension is likely due to recent court activity which we will continue to monitor closely.

What does this mean for you?

OSHA’s suspension of the vaccine mandate means that while the stay is in place, ESI will not have to mandate vaccines or regular testing of our employees.

While it is not federally mandated, we strongly recommend vaccination for everyone who is able. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, the students and communities you serve, and of course your loved ones. The approval of vaccines for children ages five and up is another step in the right direction. This will help fight the pandemic and allow more of our teachers to hopefully feel a greater sense of comfort in returning to the classroom.

With that being said, the current COVID-19 climate is still unfavorable with growing community spread. With the holidays right around the corner, many will be gathering together with family and friends. We urge you to take advantage of every option to stay well. Vaccination is the most powerful step you can take.

We thank you for your commitment and service, and wish you a healthy holiday season ahead.

With gratitude,
The Team at ESI

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November 4, 2021

Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard as part of President Biden’s “Path out of the Pandemic” COVID-19 action plan. Our current understanding is that this applies to Educational Services, LLC. (ESI) as a private employer with 100 or more workers.

This standard will eventually require large employers mandate a COVID-19 vaccination with certain exceptions. We understand this creates questions for many of our employees. We share these questions and will be carefully reviewing OSHA’s guidance in the coming days.

Because of the new and uncertain nature of this announcement, we are not making any changes to ESI’s COVID-19 policy and are NOT requiring vaccinations, testing, or waivers at this time.

We ask everyone to monitor your email and this page on our website for the latest updates. We will be closely monitoring this situation and will keep you posted of changes. You continue to have our full support during this next uncertain phase in the pandemic. We are grateful for your service to our community.

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September 14, 2021

The White House announced plans for a new rule requiring large employers to mandate vaccines or testing for all employees. While ESI is a large employer and we strongly encourage vaccinations, we do not currently require vaccines or testing. It could be several weeks or more before the new rule is released. We will not make any policy changes until we receive the rule and know how to comply. We will keep our employees posted via email and here on our website.

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August 12, 2021

ESI Reporting COVID-19 Policy, Updated 08/12/2021 (PDF file)

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July 29, 2021

The CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) have recently provided guidance recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. At the same time, school districts are legally prohibited from mandating masks by the State of Arizona. So while districts may not mandate the use of masks, some districts may strongly suggest the use of masks without requiring them.

Since this can be confusing, we encourage you to review your district’s mitigation plan for specifics.  

ESI, as well as the CDC, AZDHS and the State of Arizona continue to encourage everyone that is able to get the COVID-19 vaccine to do so, as one of the many layers of protection against this virus.

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January 12, 2021

We've put together a Covid-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions page in order to share timely and accurate information with you about the vaccine rollout.

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December 11, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on close contact quarantine periods and ESI’s policy has been updated to reflect these changes. Download ESI's updated policy (PDF) » 

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November 4, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance regarding “close contact” and testing on October 21, 2020. Read more (PDF) »
Also see ESI’s COVID-19 Reporting Policy.

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August 6, 2020

The Arizona Department of Health Services[ADHS] has just released their benchmarks for reopening schools. Three classifications are included with benchmarks that deal with the community spread and with listed school operations under each classification. The three classifications are Minimal [Green], Moderate [Yellow] and Red [Substantial]. See the information from ADHS »

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August 6, 2020

State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman just provided some additional information about the Benchmarks for Reopening Schools that were released today by ADHS. The information from the Superintendent provides information about the connection between the ADE Roadmap for Reopening Schools and the ADHS benchmarks. See the attached information from Superintendent Hoffman. Read the full article (PDF) »

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July 24, 2020

The Arizona Department of Education provided updated FAQ's on a number of important topics including information about all three of the Governor's Executive Orders. Read the full article »

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July 23, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey today announces additional resources, flexibility and clarity for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Read the full article »

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July 15, 2020

Many of our district partners have announced their reopening plans. Curious how each Phoenix-area district is handling reopening? AZ Family is keeping a comprehensive list of district plans. Read the full article on azfamily.com »

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June 29, 2020

LATEST NEWS: Governor Ducey's Executive Order - Further Action To Reverse COVID-19 Spread In Arizona

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June 10, 2020

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March 30, 2020

LATEST NEWS: Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman Announce Extension Of School Closures Through End Of School Year

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March 24, 2020

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Frequently Asked Questions from the Department of Economic Security (pdf)

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March 23, 2020

Unemployment During COVID-19 School Closures

This past Friday, Governor Ducey announced that Arizona schools would remain closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak for an additional 2 weeks, through Friday, April 10th.

The Governor also issued an executive order to expand access to potential unemployment benefits for employees affected by the outbreak.

Please note: the information below only applies to employees who are not receiving pay during the school closures.

Potential benefits may be applied retroactively to March 11th, and applications can be submitted starting today, March 23rd. You may be eligible for benefits because of the expanded access.

More information, as well as the application link, can be found on the website for the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES):

https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual

Some basics of the expanded unemployment benefits:

  • You do not have to be separated from employment with ESI to apply for benefits under the order for expanded access.
  • The normal one week waiting period and the requirement to seek other work have both been waived.
  • All applications must be submitted online. The Department of Economic Security does not have offices for in-person applications.

Our payroll and benefits staff will be standing by to complete any required employer verification steps requested by the DES as quickly as possible, however, our ESI team is unable to answer any questions about potential eligibility, DES determinations, or benefit levels. We also do not know how long applications might take to process. We recommend you visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security site.

Here is information you might need when applying:

Employer: Educational Services, LLC.
Address: 14614 N Kierland Blvd, Ste 230  Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Federal Tax ID: 86-0950510
DES Employer Account Number: 4876400-7

Sincerely,

Educational Services, LLC.

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March 20, 2020

LATEST NEWS: Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members

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March 15, 2020

LATEST NEWS: Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020.

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March 12, 2020

Educational Services, LLC. (ESI) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its current and potential impacts here in Arizona. Our biggest concern is the health and well-being of our employees, the students, and the families in our communities.

We are in close contact with our school district partners and will work together to provide information and timely updates on developments that might affect you. In addition, we continue to look to our local and state officials for their guidance.  

See Superintendent Kathy Hoffman’s guidance for schools in Arizona 3/10/20.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and ESI will provide updated information on our ESI website as it becomes available.

What can you do now?

If you’ve recently traveled or are planning to travel to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, please contact ESI immediately at 480-719-3271.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces like door knobs, light switches, and electronic devices using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We encourage you to visit the following sites for the most current and accurate information:

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy and safe!

Educational Services LLC.