President's Message Week 17

Unfortunately, our public health unit in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has extended the closure of schools for most students in Upper Grand until at least February 1st. Both the Ministry and public health continue to direct the school board to maintain in-person learning for students in DD classrooms. OSSTF continues to address the government on behalf of all members to keep all learning remote until enhanced benchmarks are announced and met. The government continues to ignore OSSTF's requests. OSSTF is also seeking more information regarding pandemic pay for members attending in-person learning at the request of local leaders. I want to thank all of you for your patience and feedback during this challenging, time and we appreciate that our communication doesn't resolve your fears and frustration. Please know I continue to bring forward your concerns, suggestions, and feedback to the board and our colleagues at Provincial Office daily. I encourage you to give me a call at any time to talk about the current situation or anything other areas of concern. In solidarity, Cheryl PD Day January 29th, 2021 More information for everyone will coming out shortly from HR regarding next Friday's PD day. All members who can work from home remotely this day will have this ability. If you can not access remote services from home, schools will be open for members to access remote services. Media Release from OSSTF /Statement from the Ministry of Education


OSSTF Media Release


https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/4daa7070-4d68-404c-b6fc-d1408907dc5a/2021_Jan_21_government_plan_to_reopen_schools.pdf


Ministry Statement


https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/fc41bf2c-a864-4527-be3a-fd4e4c63a042/statement_from_the_Minister_of_Education_January_20_2021.pdf


Home Office Expenses for Employees Working from Home due to COVID-19


For those of you looking for information related to claiming expenses for tax purposes for working from home during covid please refer to the following links.


https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/e751a5f2-babc-40de-8493-74ac257b95d3/Home_Office_Expenses_for_Employees_Working_from_Home_Due_to_COVID_19.pdf


Tax Document


https://mcusercontent.com/fd92d8e08ce1d6b287b53b308/files/13e7c14d-5117-4764-b6b2-7c77b9b715c9/Statement_of_Employment_Expenses_for_Working_at_Home_due_to_COVID_19_T777S_E.pdf


OTIP Benefits for LTO Members


If you are an LTO or casual member with questions regarding LTO benefits please contact Cindy Scholten at cindy.scholten@d18.osstf.ca or call 519-835-0249


The best place for accurate OTIP benefit information is on their website

https://www.osstfbenefits.ca/

If you have questions about enrolment, eligibility, life coverage, premium costs, benefits coverage, or claims, call OTIP Benefits Services at 1-866-783-6847, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 board is not given the names of members 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

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