President's message

Week 4 Update First I want to thank you all for the important work that you do and continue to do during this very challenging time. I truly appreciate how challenging the first four weeks have been and you have all risen to the occasion. Your role is so important and you are valued and appreciated!  COVID-19 symptoms and testing Early next week you will receive a clearer direction from the board related to COVID-19 and being Symptomatic and the inability to attend work due to COVID-19 symptoms. In the meantime, if you have been off related to COVID symptoms, and are waiting for results or have in the past please reach out to the board at wellness@ugdsb.on.ca and advise them of recommendations and/or provide the date of testing. The will provide you further direction on the next steps. Use the code for personal illness when inputting your absence. Do not attend work if you have symptoms contact an assessment centre or health care provider.  Below is the link for the M of E school screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  Reorganization We recognize that this year's reorganization is stressful and having an impact on members in ways we could not have anticipated. This is not an ideal situation and will not be easy for many of you. I want to assure you that we are working with the board to ensure the collective agreement is being followed and that the assignments whether permanent or temporary meet those collective agreement obligations. Please view Article 51 - Lay off and Recall of the CA  https://www.osstfd18essp-ece.ca/collective-agreement Much of the ECE reorganization has been completed which has proven to be extremely difficult based on student enrollment both in the remote school and school-based sites. EA reorganization will begin next week. We are not looking at layoffs, however, there will be movement, we encourage you to review the layoff and recall language in the collective agreement that will be followed for this process. Health and Safety and PPE If you are having issues concerning your health and safety in the workplace or PPE please contact Julie Wagner (Health &Safety Officer) julie.wagner@d18.osstf.ca or 226-962-7508 New OSSTF/FEESO safety for all website https://www.osstf.on.ca/public-education/safety-for-all.aspx In response to COVID-19 and the reopening of publicly-funded schools, OSSTF/FEESO has focused on the need for improved health and safety protocols in our schools and communities. Part of these efforts include a new Safety for All campaign that includes new social media graphics/branding, resources to promote A safe return for all: OSSTF/FEESO's framework for reopening schools in 2020–2021, and a new Safety for All section on the provincial website. The page is designed to offer a combination of advocacy tools, resources, community outreach, and other items aimed at fostering greater support from members, parents, and other allies in our quest for improved learning and working conditions during the pandemic and beyond. This page will evolve as the issues and challenges related to the pandemic continue to unfold. New Member Engagement Advisory Work Group - Call for Members The New Member Engagement Advisory Work Group is a permanent advisory body that advises the Provincial Executive on any matters related to new member engagement, such as resources, workshops, outreach, and information and any other matters referred to it by the Provincial Executive. The Provincial Executive is seeking up to eight (8) Members-at-Large, who have been members of OSSTF/FEESO for (8) years or less, to serve on this workgroup for a two-year term. In the past, this workgroup has created relevant content for the provincial website, provided input on social media communications prepared and presented a workshop for local leaders and planned the last New Member Engagement Conference. Interested applicants should submit the attached application form indicating their suitability. The workgroup expects to meet approximately four times per year. While time release, as well as travel costs, for all meetings are paid for by the Provincial Office, applicants should verify with their local president that there are no restrictions for time release for their Bargaining Unit. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings will take place in a virtual setting until further notice. Application: https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/33447e01-6c16-4655-a4bc-003f4046be3e/NMEAWG_2020_Application_Form.pdf 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  |  www.workhealthlife.com



Yours in solidarity,

Cheryl

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