2015/2016 Job Action FAQs

FAQ_iconUnder normal circumstances, the professional learning occurring on the September 3rd PD day would be driven by administration and include an emphasis on the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Planning.  As a staff you would likely be shown the WRDSB System Video and then involved in a whole school activity reflecting on the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and School Improvement Planning.

We are under job action.  Things are not normal.

As part of Work-to-Rule, the September 3rd PA day is for teacher-directed professional learning.  Teachers have a great deal of administrative, pedagogical and classroom work to complete on the PA day.

Under the work-to-rule, the September 3rd PD day is not to be re-purposed to meet with parents, students, administration or participate in any other meeting.  This would not be happening under “normal” circumstances and certainly not under the current job action.

On September 3rd, all ETFO members will be asked to attend an in-school ETFO meeting at their site hosted by their federation representative.  The meeting will take place at the commencement of the day- the same time as your instructional day normally begins.  The meeting will last 25-30 minutes.  All ETFO members are expected to attend.  Once the ETFO meeting is finished, ETFO members can participate in teacher-directed professional learning for the remainder of the day.

 

What do we do about the September start-up packages that normally go home with students on the first day of school?

They will go home, however ETFO members will not prepare the contents of those envelopes, hand out the envelopes or organize or collect the contents of those envelopes once students return them.  Essentially, ETFO members will not handle the material at all.

It is not the responsibility of ETFO members to problem solve and/or create solutions on how to prepare and distribute such packages.  It is the responsibility of the WRDSB to come up with a solution.

Can ETFO members participate in NTIP Training?

Yes.  Participation in NTIP is not included in the current job action.

As a physical education teacher, I take on the task of selling gym uniforms and spirit wear.  Now what?

ETFO members will not collect monies.  Your school administration will need to take on the task of selling and collecting the money associated with gym uniforms and/or spirit wear.

Students need to purchase planners and locks for lockers at my school.  How will this be handled with the Phase 2 work-to-rule?

ETFO members will not collect monies.  Your school administration will need to take on the task of selling and collecting the money associated with planners and lockers. It is the responsibility of the WRDSB and/or your administration to come up with a solution.

I work in a congregated class setting.  Normally, I would would meet with these high-needs students prior to the first instructional day.  Can I still do this?

Teachers can choose to voluntarily meet with students and/or parents of special needs/high needs students prior to the first instructional day.  Teachers can not be advised or directed by their administration and/or other ETFO members to do so.

My principal is having a voluntary staff meeting prior to the first instructional day.  Can I choose to attend?

No.  Even under normal circumstances, there are no voluntary meetings.  A meeting is a meeting.  The Phase One strike protocol is still in effect.  A voluntary meeting is a work around.

Teachers will not attend any meetings- staff meetings, stand-up staff meetings, divisional meetings, grade group meetings, grade team meetings, program area meetings, curriculum meetings, CATC meetings and/or department meetings.

What do ETFO members do on the September 3 PD day?

The Federation Representative at each site will hold a 25-30 minute ETFO meeting in the morning to show a video update on Bargaining.

After the meeting, ETFO members are free to engage in their own professional learning for the remainder of their work day.

Can I meet with parents on the September 3 PD day?

As part of Work-to-rule, the PA day is teacher-directed and is not intended for parent/student meetings.

Teachers have a great deal of administrative, pedagogical and classroom work to complete on PA days. That work can include:

  • developing long range and unit plans for the 2015-16 school year;
  • evaluating their home/school communication strategies and make refinements, if necessary, for the 2015-2016 school year;
  • conducting an inventory of classroom supplies, books, science equipment, physical education equipment, music equipment, electronic devices and other materials;
  • identifying gaps in classroom educational resources and developing a list of necessary resources for the 2015-2016 school year;
  • setting up their assessment binders/templates/tools for their new class(es);
  • preparing the learning environment for the coming school year;
  • reading and reviewing curriculum documents (e.g., the new Health and Physical Education curriculum);
  • developing integrated curriculum plans for the 2015-2016 school year;
  • preparing new classroom displays;
  • moving classroom materials if changing grades or rooms for the 2015-2016 school year.

My administration has asked our staff to sign up for various committees.  What should I do?

Wait.

You can always commit to committee involvement at a later date when/if the job action ends.

Under the current action teachers will NOT participate in board committees (other than Health and Safety, in-school staffing/supervision committee, and School Council meetings), writing teams or curriculum resource development.

Teachers may continue to volunteer their time as an ETFO representative and/or United Way representative.

As always, should you have any additional questions contact the local office.  When in doubt, contact the ETFO

Written by Communications Officer

ETFO WROTL Communications Officer 2011/2012

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