Executive Board Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2021
Present- D. Cicarella, P. Delucia, M. Solli, M. Pantaleo, M. Gallagher, R. Pompano, M. Mazzacane, O. Hernandez, T. Harris, J. Roth, A. Meadows, I. Festa, D. Ortiz, J.P. Wilson, J. Gonzalez, K. Wetmore, J. Steele, M. Maloney, M. Soares, E. Epps, P. Stricker, T. Criscuolo, K. Hopes-McFadden, J. Graves
1. Call to order at 3:50pm
2. Motion to accept minutes from February meeting. Motion made and seconded and accepted unanimously.
3. Committee Reports
Motion to donate to the New Haven Scholarship Fund is recommended at a $2000 donation and for NHFT this is a fairly large donation.
The motion carries unanimously.
Jeff Alpert is seeing if the NHFT can promote deductions right from paychecks.
Motion to recommend a $500 donation to the Food Bank, is seconded and passes unanimously.
Double payment this coming month for per capita payments (February’s will be right on time). Because no dues checks come in over the summer, it’s good to be ahead.
Motion for mold removal made, seconded and discussion occurred around the causes of the mold, the pitch of the roof, drain backup in the walls,
The COOP grievance on teachers selecting their own representatives, parents selecting their own reps, etc. require documentation on these matters. Emails and other such documentation should be used to verify the volunteers of the SPMT.
Also a training session should occur ahead of the SPMT meetings.
Inviting the entire staff is not the same as selection of representatives from the representative body per our contract.
-Focus of AFT is on legislation around the use of the ESSER fund.
-Covid workmans’ compensation is being looked into.
-Looking at a cutoff for early enrollment for kindergarten.
-Bill to make remote learning permanent--giving parents and students the option of remaining remote EVEN when we return after COVID which is not recommended.
-Bill to study SROs and committees meeting on their use.
-Bill on enrollment figures from five years previous being used.
-School to college pipeline would directly enroll students.
-”Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door” is being pushed as a cost cutting move. Virtual learning may become an attractive alternative without regulation. A credit card voucher might be offered for parents to spend on a school of choice, even a virtual one. This may create a marketplace where parents will make their own students’ education.
Next Gen workshop on March 10th and database training for union leaders.
-Discussions around separate personnel to conduct in person and remote learning.
-Discussions around snow dates and whether they will become remote.
-Dave Cicarella praised the New Haven Advocates on providing testimony to the state legislature on the ESSER Grant, etc.
Cards which weren’t working are now working at various schools.
4. Old Business
Mold removal is moving forward and there is more work to be done on the roof and it has been remediated and sealed and this has been reported to OSHA.
Computer hardware will be available March 5th for the Treasurer and the administrative assistants.
Disposable masks were sent to the stewards; all k-8 stewards will get surgical masks for teachers (a packet of 20) and an AFT mask for each steward and Eboard members. The surgical ones can be used for teachers or as extras for colleagues or students.
Grading policy has been set with 50% as the lowest grade to be given for the end of the quarter or semester. Students can be given any other grade for any other assignment, but the 50% is the lowest grade to be given at the end of the marking period or semester.
Committees will work on grading policy moving forward over the course of time after COVID year. NHFT had some after the fact commentary but no direct involvement in the decision initially. As with reform, the collaboration should suffice and preclude any potential veto should committees of central office and teachers meet to build and recommend a clear policy.
COVID does not mean “anything goes”; it means that flexibility does not become past practice simply because a handful of teachers and schools were adaptable.
Dave, Pat and Marianne must be looped in so that in writing in the contract the language can preclude any well-intentioned flexibility from becoming precedent.
Enhanced Personal Health Care is $15 if your Dr. participates, and $25 is indeed the usual copay amount and Anthem is checking to understand confusion. There may be a federal mental health subsidy which would have to be negotiated with the city.
The year from September to July created its own confusions around copays.
There is a generic medication for every medication that can be prescribed in almost every case.
There is no change in terms of copays--No changes to the medical, period.
Pat and Dr. Whyte discussed all day on 3/1/2021 and much has settled out now after the first rush. The plan is to get everyone their first shot and a second one by the end of the month in the district.
Building concerns have been dealt with at Wexler Grant.
5. New Business
Questions around QR codes being used when people are in full time.
Dave Cicarella and Dr. Tracey, Keisha Hannans were in on a meeting and it was discussed that teachers SHOULD NOT be signing in being that they’re a professional workforce. Dave and Pat will check Obama, Mayo and other places where teachers are signing in.
Questions around who to contact regarding the FFCRA (Emergency Leave SIck Act)--up to 2 weeks with ⅔ covered by the state and ⅓ covered by a teacher’s sick time. The question goes to Shanequa at HR. If a daycare is closed, the Act is designed for that very purpose. Dave has the one page form that will be approved by HR in a straightforward fashion.
With ADA, the accommodations are not for a child of a teacher. The accommodations are based on what is considered reasonable.
Covid and contact tracing concerns were discussed and addressed regarding potential exposure times, especially in cases of proper or improper ventilation.
Discussion around teachers who need to quarantine if travelling to a region requiring quarantine when outside of their work. Also a discussion of the lack of nurses and the temp service or a geographically accessible nurse from a nearby school.
Dr. Tracey says that coverage will be provided on the day and slot of your appointment to be vaccinated so that teachers can head to Cross, for example, get vaccinated and return to work.
Are teachers restricted from travelling for the April vacation?
Inconsistency at the CIA over the sharing of books and possibly setting aside books and materials, or headphones, etc. What are the cleaning protocols for desks and other such activities in the classroom where cohorts rotate.
Questions around the Covid Tracker on the district website and the requirement that it should be updated were discussed.
Discussion occurred on concerns over “Friday night bombs” or important announcements or messages, emails sent by central office after the school week ends when no one can address or respond realistically. A recommendation was made on having remote days not supplant snow days after COVID for the SEL of students and teachers.
Question on the calendar choices was made and discussed to develop a committee