Please make sure you understand your right to representation when you suspect you may be called in to any kind of meeting that could be disciplinary. Building reps picked up these information cards at the February 2023 General Membership Meeting. Please make sure you keep this with you at your work place in the event it is needed. These cards will be available at general membership meetings.
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Mental health resources to guide educators are being provided by the Stay Well program, a behavioral health partnership led by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. An outreach specialist has put together webinars designed specifically for school staff which you can find by clicking here: Staff Wellness Webinars.
The webinars are short and pre-recorded, so you can watch them when it is convenient for you and cover such topics as burnout, coping with the impact of a pandemic, improving wellness, mindfulness exercises by taking a pause, and how to cultivate joy.
Michigan Stay Well Counseling Line
Dial 1-888-535-6136 and press "8"
Available 24/7 - confidential and free
We encourage you to check out the entire Mental Health Resources available to you which cover a variety of topics such as coping with grief and loss, resources for teenagers, nutrition, resources for school and the classroom: Mental Health Resources MDHHS.
DFT unit members planning on retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year should complete all of the forms related to retirement by May 1, 2023. These forms include:
1. A Separation from Service Form (SFSF) found on the District's Hub. Please remember that in order to be paid for sick days upon retirement from DPSCD, eligible employees must submit a SFSF to the District's Human Resource office (HR) no later than May 1, 2023 and retire effective July 1, 2023 (or August 1, 2023 if working during the month of July).
The SFSF should be emailed to HR (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1, 2023. The "effective date of separation" on the SFSF should be listed as June 30, 2023 (or July 31, 2023 if working during the month of July.
Eligible employees meeting the May 1, 2023 deadline will be paid $45 for each unused sick day in their sick bank for days 1 to 100 and $65 for each unused sick day in their sick bank for days 101 to 200 for a maximum payout of $11,000. Payout of sick time upon retirement does not include a payout from the catastrophe bank. (To calculate the number of sick days in one's sick bank, divide the number of sick bank hours by eight .)
2. The pension application forms found on an employee's miAccount with the Michigan Office of Retirement Services (michigan.gov/orsschools). (Click on the menu item "Ready to Retire", then the box that says, "Apply for Retirement", and then follow the instructions.)
3. The application forms for Social Security (if eligible) and Medicare (if eligible) found on Social Security's website (ssa.gov). (This website is separate and unrelated to the Michigan Office of Retirement Services' website and an employee's miAccount.)
Questions about retirement can be directed to the DFT's retirement counselor, Patrick Falcusan, at 313.683.6822 at any time during the year.
If you are off work more than FIVE days, you need to complete paperwork (physician's certificate) for pay or a leave. Forms can be obtained by going to the hub at the www.detroitk12.org website. Click on Human Resources and then Employee Health Services to download the forms. Make sure to file these important papers otherwise your pay or job may be in jeopardy.