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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers are magic. We know how hard they work throughout the year, and during this pandemic, they are having to get super creative with ways to teach. Between Zoom sessions, drive-bys, and sending sweet messages, teachers everywhere are working like never before to educate a generation of students who are making history. How do we show our love and appreciation to our teachers while social distancing during Covid-19? We came up with a few ideas to say “Thank you!” for every single ounce of energy, kindness, and encouragement they give to our children.
Organize a drive-by gratitude parade with fellow parents! Drive-by hellos are becoming a safe way to show you care! Making sweet homemade posters and banners that show your appreciation, along with beautifying the car with decorations and balloons. Perhaps you can also play your favorite song that a teacher has played for you in class while you drive by. Make it special!
Using technology can be the safest and easiest way to celebrate your teacher! Make teachers a “Thank you” photo or video to convey messages of appreciation. You can color and draw your own signs and cards, make chalk art, a photo booth or a photo collage, or video of your little one! Email or tag your special teacher on social media for all to see. This is sure to bring a smile to their face!
A movie night from the comfort of their own home! Many companies such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon offer digital gift cards that are redeemable through their app that teachers can use through their accounts. Pretty awesome!
Restaurant and retail gift cards! Treat teachers to a delicious meal or a much-needed shopping spree while helping local and small businesses at the same time. Many restaurants and retail stores are celebrating and recognizing teachers this week with discounts and free items too!
All local and statewide participants can be found here: https://www.wral.com/teacher-appreciation-week-offers-2020/19083800/
Create or send your own treat basket or box that contains all their favorite things! You can customize these baskets/boxes with school and teaching supplies, snacks, coffee, gift cards, etc! Many companies such as Harry & David, The Fruit Company, and GiftTree are offering discounted baskets during the pandemic. Here is one of our favorite boxes from Etsy: Spa Gift Box
Send Flowers! We love our friends at https://lapetitegardenia.com/ who create the most gorgeous floral arrangements. If you are local to Los Angeles, Alison will take great care of you and your teachers.
Thank you for patiently waiting while we navigate the development of COVID-19. We know this is a very overwhelming time for many of you and we are committed to providing you with the resources that become available to us.
Here is the latest information provided by Attorney Lisa Pierson Weinberger.
EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO STAY HOME. WHO IS IMPACTED? CAN MY NANNY STILL COME TO WORK?
Within the last week, there have been many orders issued in cities and counties throughout California requiring residents to “stay at home” and/or “shelter in place” for certain periods of time. On Thursday, March 19th, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order impacting all of California, which has been put in place indefinitely.
All of these orders have been put into place to protect the public health. However, they are all different. For example, in Los Angeles, employers and employees are governed by three different legal mandates: Governor Newsom’s Order for all of California, Mayor Garcetti’s Order for the City of Los Angeles, as well as the Order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Residents in other jurisdictions, such as in the Bay Area and Orange County, are also governed by multiple orders. Because the restrictions in the various orders are different but govern the same constituency, employers and employees are struggling to understand which order to follow when the rules conflict.
To answer that question, the State of California has created a website to provide further guidance as to what it means to “stay home except for essential needs.” With respect to how the statewide order interacts with local orders, it provides as follows:
This is a statewide order. Depending on the conditions in their area, local officials may enforce stricter public health orders. But they may not loosen the state’s order.
As such, people should first see if they are considered essential workers under the state order. A list of exempt sectors can be found here. If a worker is permitted to work under the state order, they should then consult any applicable orders to see if they are also permitted to work under those.
Now for the most important question: with conflicts between the orders, how do I know if my nanny can continue to come to work? The California website provides that “babysitters may…come to the house to care for minors of parents working in essential sectors.” So, if an individual is considered an essential worker, that person’s nanny can still report to work.
PASSAGE OF THE FINAL FEDERAL BILL REGARDING COVID-19 RELIEF
A few days ago, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was passed, which includes mandatory Paid Sick Leave and an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Unless the Secretary of Labor acts to exempt certain employers with fewer than 50 employees (which may still happen), as of April 2nd, all employers will be required to provide the following to their employees:
Paid Sick Leave
Employers must provide employees with the equivalent of two weeks of emergency paid sick leave benefits to be used for any of the following Coronavirus-related absences:
- The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order for Coronavirus;
- The employee is advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to Coronavirus concerns;
- The employee is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus and seeking a medical diagnosis;
- The employee is caring for an individual who is under a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine;
- The employee is caring for a child whose school or child care has been closed due to Coronavirus;
- The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Employees using paid sick leave for purposes (1) – (3) above must be paid their “regular rate of pay” (as defined for purposes of calculating overtime compensation), subject to a cap of $511/day and/or $5,110 in the aggregate. Employees using leave for reasons (4)-(6) must be paid 2/3 of these amounts, subject to a cap of $200 per day and/or $2,000 in the aggregate.
The Department of Labor will be publishing a notice of this new paid sick leave, which employers are required to post in a conspicuous place in the workplace.
Please note that this leave is in addition to the required California state (and, in some places, local) sick leave policies. For any sick leave provided under this law on or after April 2nd, employers will receive a 100% payroll tax credit for the amounts paid.
Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) has been temporarily expanded to provide up to 12 weeks of protected time off for any employee (who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days) who is unable to work or telework due to the need to care for a child under 18 if the child’s school or child care is closed, or if the child care provider is unavailable, due to Coronavirus-related concerns.
If an employee requests such a leave, the first two weeks can be taken on an unpaid basis. After that, the employer must provide paid leave of at least 2/3 of the employee’s regular rate of pay, with a cap of $200/day and $10,000 aggregate. These payments (up to the caps) will be credited at 100% on the employer’s quarterly payroll taxes.
FURLOUGH AND FINAL PAY OBLIGATIONS
The California Labor Commissioner has previously published Opinion Letters requiring employers to provide final pay (including payment of accrued but unused vacation time) if an employee is furloughed for an indefinite period of time. In this moment of extreme financial uncertainty, many employers will be considering how to sustain their businesses and will be considering whether it is prudent to reduce employee hours, furlough employees, or lay them off. If employers choose to furlough employees, they should be aware of these final pay obligations so as not to trigger waiting time penalties.
We are here to support our families and nannies during this unprecedented time and will be working remotely to answer any questions you may have.
Raise your hand if you thought “Homeschool Teacher” was going to be added to your “TO DO LIST” this month? I don’t see any hands. I only hear raindrops in Los Angeles. Having been a former teacher, I never imagined I would be teaching my own two children. However, I have to admit I am welcoming it a little bit with open arms! We are faced with this as a community and if you know me, you know that I will do my best to stay positive and find joy whenever and wherever I can. (Talk to me again in two weeks and see how my patience is holding up while I also balance the workload and mental load of Educated Nannies with being a mom and a homeschool teacher). Now, let’s get learning!
COVID-19 has created a world pandemic, where millions of parents and guardians are now faced with the task of educating their children at home. While the idea of having your children home every single day over the next few weeks may seem overwhelming, we have come up with a schedule, ideas to help teach your little ones, and a few of our favorite homeschool resources. Please note that homeschool will not be as rigorous as a regular school. Your children may not be as focused. Each child learns differently. Show them grace. Have fun. Give lots of hugs. Cry if you need to. Be prepared, not panicked. Be kind. Be flexible. Let your children make choices.
Here is the schedule we created for working moms of preschool-age children. This can be used for dads as well or any person homeschooling their children. Please feel free to change the time blocks and activities to be age-appropriate for your children and to accommodate self-care. There may be some anxiety that sets in and we have incorporated yoga and meditation into this schedule to help manage some of the stress. Our favorite meditation apps are Mindfulness, Headspace, and DreamyKid. I also want to take a minute to acknowledge that it is okay, not to be okay right now. We see you. We hear you. We are grateful for this community. We will get through this together!
Here is a list of our favorite websites for learning and homeschool. Please make sure to check with your school first as many schools are going online, emailing homework packets, and doing their best to support families during this time of uncertainty.
BrainPOP and BrainPOP Junior : An animated educational resource for learning different subjects for ages K-8.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: 1 pm Eastern Time Mo will do lunch doodles with you.
Khan Academy: A non-profit classroom built for all students to learn. K-12.
ABCmouse: Early Learning Academy for ages 2-8. Fun and interactive activities!
Prodigy: Engaging math curriculum for ages 1st-8th grade.
Discovery Education: Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms.
Outschool: Live online classes for ages 3-18 years of age.
Duolingo: Learn a language for free!
Scholastic: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
Code.org: Learn computer science.
Breakout.edu: A collection of digital games to play at home.
MobyMax: Differentiated learning. The comprehensive software curriculum spans Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies for students in grades K-8 and meets the needs of struggling students as well as those working on grade level and beyond.
Storyline Online: Watch actors read children’s books. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. (I mean who doesn’t like listening to Betty White read?)
Mystery Doug: K-5 science lessons. Super awesome!
National Geographic Kids: Igniting the explorer in all of us to learn about the world.
NASA STEM: A great resource for K-12 learning.
The Busy Toddler: My personal favorite website and Instagram account.
We also would like to recommend Facetime and Zoom meetups for kids so that they still feel connected to their friends.
We hope this helps you make the most of your time together as a family. Big virtual hugs!
- Leave notes: This week, leave simple notes in unexpected places for those in your life. Add a special message of “I am so proud of you” in the kids’ lunch boxes. Leave a post-it message on the mirror for your partner, thanking them for all their hard work. A little love and appreciation go a long way.
- Practice consideration: Be mindful of your actions to all those whom you encounter this week. Practice showing consideration, not only to those who you have close relationships with, but also the other mom at the grocery store, or the other nanny at the playground. Remember, children mimic our actions, words, and tone. Let’s give them a loving and considerate example to follow!
- Card creation station: Lay out all of the kids’ favorite arts and craft supplies and have a card creating session with the entire family. Have each individual present their cards at the end of the session and explain what is significant about each card.
- Heartfelt treats: See how many heart-shaped treats you can come up with this week. Make pancakes in the shape of a heart and add heart-shaped strawberries to go on top! Cut the kids’ sandwiches in the shape of a heart and surprise them at lunchtime. Let the creativity flow and let the kids chime in with ideas to surprise one another!
- Last but not least, surround yourself with love: Spend some quality time with those you love this Valentine’s Day. Have family far away? Set up a Facetime date, so the entire family can feel close to one another!
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day activities? We would love to hear. Upload photos of your fun activities to Instagram and tag @educatednannies in your photos. Let’s all spread the love this Valentine’s Day!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hanukkah and the Christmas holiday season is quickly approaching, and many parents are still searching for that perfect holiday gift for their nanny. Educated Nannies have some great holiday gift ideas to share with you!
Year-End Bonus (most popular): A bonus for a nanny is an extra special “Thank you!” for dedicating time all year long to your most precious littles. A typical bonus is either one or two weeks pay depending on how long the nanny has been working with your family. If you aren’t able to afford the same bonus as you gave last year, have an open conversation with your nanny. Any monetary gift is much appreciated!
Gift Cards: Is there a special restaurant, retail or online store your nanny likes to shop at? Would she enjoy an afternoon at the spa or getting a mani or pedi, but would never splurge on herself? Gift cards make the perfect gift for a nanny who is always putting the needs of others first!
Lessons or Memberships: Does your nanny enjoy dancing, drawing, or learning a second language? Does she/he workout, enjoy cooking, or taking photographs? Gym memberships, enrichment classes or lessons are another way of treating your nanny. You may even want to gift your nanny a membership to the International Nanny Association or pay for the conference in Montreal in 2020.
Unique or Homemade Gifts: Etsy offers a variety of unique gifts for everyone. Perhaps a homemade scarf and matching hat? Maybe a special pair of earrings or a necklace that will remind her of your family. Framed photos of the children, or a Shutterfly photo book filled with memories shared with your family.
Fun Holiday Options: If your budget permits, fun holiday options include: frequent flier miles so she/he can go home for the holidays, a week vacation at your time-share, a gas card or help to buy a new iPad or computer. If your budget is limited, consider a gift of time and pop home a few hours early to take over for your nanny so she/he can get a jump start to their weekend.
Last but not least, remember the taxes: While this can sometimes be overlooked, please keep in mind that all bonuses are taxable income to the employee and must be reported on all employment tax documents.
If you have any questions regarding holiday, year-end gifts or bonuses for your nanny, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. We are always happy to help and be of service!
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