President's message week 8 update

Week 8 Update I hope you have a good week and the gloomy weather isn't getting you down? October 30th  PD day October 30th is a PD day for elementary schools and both EAs and ECEs will be reporting to their schools on this day. More information on what to expect will be coming from HR (Maureen Cunnigham) to both you and your principal. I am in a temporary long term assignment (LTO), do I attend the PD Day event? A casual employee employed for more than four (4) continuous months in the same position shall: (a) be entitled to participate in the Board wide PD Day and will be paid as though it was the employee’s regular work day, if the day is a scheduled work day for the employee;

  • Record your hours on your timesheet if you are eligible to be paid for this day

  • Review the collective agreement (found on UG Share) Section L- Appendix B-Casual Employees for further information

I got hurt at work If you are injured at work, please reach out to us immediately. Many times working through WSIB and the Health & Wellness department at the board can be difficult and we are here to help. Please contact Cindy Scholten either by email at cindy.scholten@d18.osstf.ca or 519-835-0249 Reporting Incidents As employees, we all have a legal responsibility to report ALL accidents and violent incidences we experience or witness at work. Even when we are working with young students and students who have special needs that exhibit violent behaviour it must be reported. A person does not need to have the capacity to understand that their behaviour could cause physical injury to a worker to be workplace violence under the OHSA(Ontario Health and Safety Act). Ref."Workplace Violence in School boards - A Guide to the law" Workplace violence against a worker may be a one-time occurrence or involve repeated behaviours over time such as hitting, kicking, and biting a worker that causes or could cause physical injury. Workplace violence may also include an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, such as an attempt to hit or bite, and may also include a statement or behaviour which is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat of violence, such as leaving a worker a threatening note or threatening an act of violence against a worker. Provincial OSSTF has a number of resources available to Members.

​Provincial Health and Safety resources.

​A PDF version of the following information with active links is available for downloading.

Be aware that the active links below require you to have access to your Upper Grand account. If requested for the Google account to use be sure to select your UGCloud account.

 Was it an ACCIDENT? 

Did you have an accident while at work? 

Complete the EMPLOYEE INCIDENT REPORT if you had an accident (slip/trip/fall/cut/etc.) at work. You may or may not have required first aid or any other medical attention at the time, but it is in your best interest to report all accidents in case of complications later.

Did you witness another Member's accident?

Complete the ACCIDENT/INCIDENT WITNESS REPORT if you witnessed a Member’s accident.

Was it a serious INCIDENT involving a STUDENT?

Did you have a physical incident or experience a threat of a physical incident with a student?

Complete the EMPLOYEE INCIDENT REPORT for incidents where a student uses physical force, attempts physical force, or makes a verbal, written, or electronic statement that could be reasonably interpreted as a threat of physical force including aggressive action.

         AND

Complete the SAFE SCHOOLS INCIDENT REPORT

Did you have a non-physical incident with a student?

Complete the SAFE SCHOOLS INCIDENT REPORT if the incident you reported on above might lead to a suspension or an expulsion.

Did you use physical force to control a student’s aggressive behaviour?    

Complete the PHYSICAL INTERVENTION REPORT if physical intervention was used to control a student’s aggressive behaviour.

Did you witness another Member's incident with a student?   Complete the ACCIDENT/INCIDENT WITNESS REPORT if you witnessed a Member’s serious incident with a student.

Was it an INCIDENT with a NON-STUDENT?  

Did you have an incident with a non-student?

Complete the WORKPLACE VIOLENT INCIDENT REPORT (417-1) Non-Student for incidents where a non-student (visitor, volunteer, parent, etc.) uses physical force, attempts physical force, or makes a verbal, written, or electronic statement that could be reasonably interpreted as a threat of physical force including aggressive action.

Did you have an incident with a non-student?

Complete the ACCIDENT/INCIDENT WITNESS REPORT if you witnessed a Member’s incident with a non-student.

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

Yours in solidarity,

Cheryl

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