Good Morning County, happy April Fool’s Day.
I want to start off today with the announcement that most of you received on Friday about retired teachers. In an effort to help curb the sub-crises, retired teachers can now work 99.5 days, as opposed to the traditional 69.5. This change is effective today, and will extend into the 2019-2020 school year. This move will hopefully relieve some of the pressure being felt by teachers and, with some luck, reduce the number of classes you are being asked to cover.
It is also that time of year when teachers are looking forward to next year and thinking about what they would like to teach. Please note that under your new collective agreement, Principals are expected to consider your requests when making up your notice of assignment. As well, if your notice of assignment changes significantly, or if you feel your requests were not considered, you may now ask for the reason in writing from your administration. Teachers are encouraged to clearly indicate their preferences for their NOA to their admin team, and have conversations early in the process about those preferences. Please note that this does not mean that your NOA can not change, but rather that a rationale must be provided upon request.
It has come to my attention that there is still a great deal of confusion swirling around the running records issue. With as much clarity as I can muster, I will reiterate that teachers can not be required to do running records with their students unless they are provided with a substitute. They can also not be required to submit data specific to running records unless: 1) they have been provided with the substitute days to do the records in the first place, or 2) they have chosen to do the running records as a professional preference.
If you have any communication from your admin that seems to indicate otherwise, please forward it to me and I will get clarification.
Finally, we have a few upcoming sessions that may be of interest to our members. On April 25th, there will be an information session for teachers who want to find out more about the ins and outs of securing a contract with the HRCE. On April 29th, new (or soon to be new) parents are welcome to attend an information session on parental leave and benefits. Click on the links to find out more.
That’s it for this week, County. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns, and consider inviting me by for a lunch-hour/ after school visit.