ESSP/ECE President's Message

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

September 16, 2020

Week 3 Update Reorganization The reorganization data has not yet been communicated to HR. As soon as they have it we will work with the board on the reorganization process. ECE reorganization will be completed first, members impacted will be contacted by HR. EA reorganization will be happening in the coming weeks. PPE All members should have access at all times to masks, a shield, gowns, and gloves. Members are required by the board and health unit to wear the minimum of a board issued mask at all times. The mask is not optional if wearing the shield. You can wear them together but a mask must be worn at all times. If you are having issues concerning PPE please contact me or Julie Wagner (Health &Safety Officer) or 226-962-7508 Additional Resources You may have already this resources but I will share here especially for Educational Assistants Supporting Students with Special Education Needs Virtual Event Woodland Cultural Centre – Public Orange Shirt Virtual Event – October 4, 2020 (evening) OSSTF/FEESO Resources: • Full Circle—First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of KnowingFirst Nations, Métis and Inuit Resources for Educators — Indian Residential Schools in Canada Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The boards not given the names of who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765  |

Health Spending Account If you are an eligible member have you activated your account? The link will expire. If you miss the deadline, you can contact Blendable to get a new activation email sent to you. Questions? Just send Blendable a support request or call at 1-888-896-9565. For questions relating to the entitlement to the health spending account benefit, please contact OSSTF Benefits at

Yours in solidarity,


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