March 8, 2016
Spring is in the air and March Break is around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to taking some time to recharge and maybe start some of that spring cleaning. Personally, my partner Kyla and I are expecting an addition to the family over the break! We are doing our part to keep those schools full. I expect quite a few sleepless nights in our future. I encourage all members to take some time for themselves during this short spring break.
The local has been working with the Board to get all the “kinks” out of the new system. Please continue to forward your questions or concerns to the office. Now that almost all members have set up their accounts we should be able to see the system work as it should. There is still a learning curve for all of the stakeholders, don’t hesitate to let us or the board know if you are seeing anomalies. Don’t forget to set your preferences and calendar so that the system is making intelligent phone calls and only offers positions that you are willing to accept.
The Board has made a drastic decision to cancel PD events until they are able to repopulate our ranks. It is unfortunate that they have had to make this decision and it is our expectation that the PD is simply delayed and not canceled outright. The local has noted that the Board has not hired OTs since Nov, 2014 and encouraged the Board to hire more consistently throughout the year. I have been in communication with Superintendents regarding this issue and made it clear that this is not the fault of inactive Occasional Teachers, but a lack of foresight in Occasional Teacher staffing. A posting on applytoeducation will appear this week.
Many members are anxiously awaiting the results of over 300 LTO list interviews. We are expecting that the results will be e-mailed to members before the end of the week.
The office will be officially closed during March Break and we will not be holding regular hours.
The Emergency Legal Assistance system will be operational over the holiday period to respond to critical calls only. Call ETFO at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836 and state that your call is urgent.
The local e-mail will be checked daily and an effort will be made to return critical e-mails. Non-critical e-mails will be responded to after the holiday.