In the Union’s “Coronavirus Update” of this past Friday, August 7th, there was a brief description of how teachers would have to “make up” the time lost due to the 2-week delay in starting school. There was also a reference to SRP not being impacted “since they are hourly employees”. 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 “virtual” 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 Corcoranfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Superintendent Kurt Browningemail@example.com|
|School Board Chair Colleen Beaudoinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|School Board Member Alan Altmanemail@example.com|
|School Board Member Megan Hardingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|School Board Member Cynthia Armstrongemail@example.com|
The message should politely but firmly state the rationale we’ve all been pushing which is we want a “safe return to the school year which can only be assured, at the present time, in a virtual environment”. 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.