Message From the CEO

California Schools JPA office remains open to support our members 

We are in a time of uncertainty and as educators and school personnel, I know you are navigating the various communications and directives regarding the COVID19 virus, managing school closures, implementing distance learning as well as telecommuting policies— all while exemplifying leadership in your communities by remaining calm, stable, and in control.  

As COVID19 continues to impact all of us, we want to assure you—our members—that CSEBA and CSRM are prepared and will continue to work with you during this period. Our California Schools JPA office remains open and operational. And although we have all temporarily eliminated face to face visits, per Governor Newsom’s directives, we have increased our virtual capabilities and have transferred all office lines to our cell phones. These measures ensure there are no interruption of services, that your calls are not missed, and that we continue to be responsive to your questions and concerns.  

Below you’ll find several of the ways we have adapted through technology to be able to continue to connect with you and continue to provide our high level of personal service for your employee benefits and risk management needs: 

  • California Schools JPA Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource page is continuously updated to provide the latest information from government and health authorities, resources for parents, and mental health resources for yourself or your community. 
  • Training and virtual workshops are available at no cost online. Upcoming topics include Best Practices for Successful Telecommuting, Caring for the Caregiver During the Pandemic, and California Mandated Reporter – Train the Trainer. California Schools JPA is making these workshops free and open to anyone, with the online format allowing us to increase capacity. Handouts and recordings for select 2019/2020 past workshops are also available. 
  • The Board of Directors and Executive Committees are meeting online to continue to provide leadership on important ongoing JPA issues as well as the COVID-19 crisis.  
  • Risk managers have contacted all districts to be available to address any needs so that districts can continue their emergency operations. This includes everything from safety planning to resources about cyber security, vacant building protocols and water intrusion issues. 
  • Employee benefits managers are developing digital open enrollment information based on school district requests to be able to provide self-service information to employees. 
  • Training is still available as individual online training for schools that request it as well as offering many additional virtual workshops and training series. 
  • Critical Bulletins and Best Practice updates are being released regularly, covering issues including how to prevent vandalism in schools, workers’ compensation information, and how to distribute food to students in a manner that is safe for students, their families, and staff. 
  • News about legislation and federal emergency assistance/funding that impacts schools and colleges are being shared as it becomes available. 
  • Discussions with health care carriers about current year benefits and rollovers are occurring as the healthcare environment is impacted and changing rapidly. Many employees likely do not have access to preventive care including regular dental cleanings or routine vision exams due to restrictions on available procedures. We are working with our partners to find the best possible solutions for our members as we navigate through this crisis together.  

On behalf of the entire team, thank you for trusting us with your benefit and risk management needs and please reach out to any of your California Schools JPA team members with any questions that may come up. Remember that we are here to serve you with uninterrupted access to staff via phone, video conferencing, and/or email communications. 

We hope that you and your loved ones, your school family, and the students and community you serve remain safe and healthy during this challenging time.  

Be Safe and Stay Well,  

Karla M. Rhay, Ed.D. 
Chief Executive Officer