In the Unionâ€™s â€œCoronavirus Updateâ€ of this past Friday, August 7th, there was a brief description of how teachers would have to â€œmake upâ€ the time lost due to the 2-week delay in starting school. There was also a reference to SRP not being impacted â€œsince they are hourly employeesâ€. This is actually incorrect since SRP are also being paid on August 21st (in advance of any work performed) so there will also be a requirement to make up this time. We apologize for any confusion caused by our error in reporting last Friday.
On another note, USEP continues to advocate for a â€œvirtualâ€ start to this school year and in order to continue emphasizing this message, we are asking that all members send an email to the following District and State Administrators:
|Governor Ron DeSantis||GovernorRonDesantis@eog.myflorida.com|
|Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoranemail@example.com|
|Superintendent Kurt Browningfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|School Board Chair Colleen Beaudoinemail@example.com|
|School Board Member Alan Altmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|School Board Member Megan Hardingemail@example.com|
|School Board Member Cynthia Armstrongfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The message should politely but firmly state the rationale weâ€™ve all been pushing which is we want a â€œsafe return to the school year which can only be assured, at the present time, in a virtual environmentâ€. Add any personal thoughts you may have on this critical issue and that you are NOT against returning to school – just not in brick & mortar schools until there is a 14-day downward trend in coronavirus cases and a positivity rate of 5% or less.