Check-In, October 23, 2017

Hello there County! Happy Monday.

A few key issues were burning up my airways last week, and I would like to address a few, as much as I can.

First of all, the new HRSB staff attendance policy, which is actually called the ATTENDANCE SUPPORT POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES does not apply to NSTU members for the 2017-18 school year. I mention this again because I was seeing some concerns expressed this past weekend on social media. This is a program that the HRSB is rolling out  which is, according to the board, meant to be supportive of staff who are missing time. Although we recognize the right of the employer to monitor attendance, we do have some concerns, particularly around member privacy. We are working with the provincial NSTU body on this, and will be monitoring this program closely as it is rolled out across bargaining units.

Next, we have gathered some great information around the extended P-2 day, and the three local presidents have used this to put together a short member survey. If you are in a school that has been impacted by the extended day, please take a moment to fill out this survey so we can better express your issues to the board. Please note this survey includes teachers from p-6, as well as administrators, so share away.

It is that time of year again when we at County look to those less fortunate in our community in order to lend a helping hand. This Holiday season we will be looking to support the Phoenix House Holiday Wish List campaign. If you are interested in supporting this event, drop me a line and I will send along some information on how you can help.

Finally, a super special thanks to the Social Committee for setting up a great event at Yuk Yuk’s this past weekend. However, just a request that if you do sign up for a free event like this, please let us know if you suddenly cannot attend. We had several empty seats on Friday night, for which we were, ultimately, required to pay.

That’s all for this week, County. Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

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