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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Thursday, December 11, 2008

Inclement Weather Forms
Just a reminder that teachers who did not to make it to work during yesterday’s inclement weather day are to fill out a form supplied by the school office indicating that they made an effort to report to work but were unable to do so. This is so that no loss of sick leave days is incurred.

Half Days for Occasional Teaching Purposes
The recently negotiated Occasional Teacher’s Collective Agreement has a new article that stipulates that in schools where there is a significantly longer instructional block either in the morning or in the afternoon, an OT may be asked by the principal to teach the full longer instructional half day and would in such an instance be paid for 60% of the day. The Board and OECTA have met to identify to which schools this article applies. The schools affected are: JL Jordan; Sacred Heart, Lanark; St. Gregory; St. James; St. Joseph and St. Mark, Prescott; St. Joseph, Toledo; St. Mary-St. Cecilia, Morrisburg; St. Michael at the Gr. 7 & 8 level; St. Thomas Aquinas at the Gr. 7 & 8 level; and Notre Dame at the Gr. 7 & 8 level. For St. Francis Xavier, Brockville, and St. Joseph, Gananoque, which have three instructional blocks of 100 minutes, a half day shall be half way through the middle 100 minute block, after 150 minutes of instructional time have elapsed.

Retroactive Pay
Retroactive pay reflecting the September 1st increase in salary is appearing on today’s payroll. Please review your paystub to ensure its accuracy.

Elementary Supervision, January 5th, 2009
Plans are underway to realize the elementary supervision cap of 100 minutes. The newly negotiated agreement limits elementary teachers to 100 minutes of supervision per week, averaged over two weeks, with no more than 130 minutes in any one week. This is to be achieved by hiring additional lunch-time monitors. Some schools may be purchasing folding tables in order to aggregate students in a common area for lunch.


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