Aug. 21 eScoop: Celebrating ECAP, checking on child care and recognizing employees in our "Well Done" column

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Aug. 21, 2020

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Celebrating ECAP contributors in a whole new way

The delivery method was different but the message stayed true: Thank You!

The Employees Care About Pima County Campaign held its annual awards ceremony virtually for the first time ever. County employees raised $301,820 for local agencies and $32,663 for the Ending Poverty Now Program. The Sheriff's Department, Facilities Management and Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation were top award winners. County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry praised employees for their generosity and stressed the importance of an even more successful campaign for 2020, given the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for details on the next campaign when it kicks off Sept. 1.

Watch the awards ceremony

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County offers guidance on returning kids to child care

Pima County has developed a checklist to help working parents determine the safety of child care providers amid COVID-19.

The Child Care Checklist, developed through efforts led by Pima County Health Department child care liaison Emily Rebro, has the tips you need to know to feel secure your child is safe while you’re at work.


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Supervisors update temporary policy on novel coronavirus

Employees with school-age children affected by a school or day care closure or whose school is not fully open for in-person school instruction may use the following options: telecommuting, E-FMLA or FEPST (if eligible), leave banks, or 240 hours of unpaid school leave with the approval of their director or appointing authority.

The options are part of an update to Board of Supervisor Policy C 2.9, approved by supervisors at their Aug. 17 meeting.


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Well Done!

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have garnered special recognition. We want to hear about colleagues who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

This issue, you’ll hear about the County's ECAP program winning a major award, employees who stepped up to help at mobile COVID-19 testing spots, a national honor for a Procurement Department employee, some true givers (at least when it comes to blood), and librarians earning kudos locally and nationally. If you know of an employee who deserves recognition, please email the eScoop editor.


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ASU offers scholarships to public employees

Arizona State University is advancing education and expanding career possibilities for public employees in Arizona with the Arizona Public Employee Scholarship. County employees can fill out a simple application to get 10 percent off degree programs.


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Public Defense Services getting new home

Pima County’s Public Defense Services is eager to increase its physical footprint and its services.

Plans are in motion to do both.

The Board of Supervisors gave the green light to expansion on Aug. 17, approving a $5,343,176 contract for an addition and remodel of the Legal Services building at the Juvenile Courts Complex on East Ajo Way, and the construction of a new building at the east end of that complex.


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Healthy Happenings

Pima County Employee Wellness has received an Above and Beyond Silver level Aetna Workplace Wellbeing Award for its well-crafted, comprehensive wellness strategy.

In this issue, also look for news on possible unexpected medical fees, onsite mammography screenings and SmartDollar cash giveaways.


Learn at Home

5 ways the Library can help with your learn-at- home needs

Wondering how the Pima County Public Library can the help you learn at home during the pandemic?

Here are five resources that you can access from anywhere to help you and your kids navigate websites, tutoring and more.


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Mystery Photo

Where was I taken?

Send your best guess to Be sure to put Mystery Photo in the subject line.

Our last Mystery Photo had a handful of correct guesses. Find out where it was taken and who guessed correctly.