Present: S. BOUTIN, C. BFENNAN, M. BREULER, D. CANZANELLA, J. CHISHOLM, D. CHCARELLA, Z. COLLIER, M. COMANDO, R. COWES, K. CUDWORTH, S. DAVIS, L. DELLAPIETRA, P. DELUCIA, D. DENUZZO, J. DINAN, J. DRYMILLER, S. FLYNN, M. GALANTE, E. GALLGHER, M. GALLAGHER, J. GONZALEZ, J. GRAVES, C. KELLY, K. HERBERT, C. HEITER, K. HOPES-MCFADDEN, J. LANGLOIS, J. LEACH, D. LOW, M. MALONEY, J. MASELLI, A. MEADOWS, T. MERRITT, K. MORRISON, L. NUSDEU, K. O’KEEFE, M. PAVANO, S. RAFFONE, J. ROBINSON, K. RODRIGUEZ, J. ROTH, M. SEEGER, S. SIENA, M. SOARES, M. SOLLI, V. SQUELIA, J. WELLS-JACKSON, S. WHELAN, P. WILSON, B. WOLAK
- Call to order
- Chief Steward Marianne Maloney called to order the regular meeting of the Stewards meeting at 3:56 pm
- Motion to accept minutes from September 24, 2019
- Meeting minutes accepted
- Introductions of all members
111. Chief Steward Report
- All members need to provide a personal email to the union for distribution of information. The union cannot use the NHPS email for this purpose. If you have not submitted your email to your steward, contact Anna Greco at the union office.
- All ballots from all elections must be store in the NHFT office for up to one year per our by-laws.
- Caseloads are being looked at in the Special Education department of schools so that contract language can be examined when the contract is opened during negotiations.
- Fund Our Future- nationally coordinated campaign to restore public school funding. Legislation available.
- Violence in the classroom has been raised as an area of concern for teachers. Assault on a teacher, physical or verbal must be recorded and reported. It is recommended that these incidences be reported to the police for any student 7 years or older. This is not common practice for the NHPS at this time. AFT council is dedicated to the issue of making policies that make the most sense for children at each grade level around this issue. It must be noted that students on an IEP must have a manifestation hearing if they are involved in any such incidences.
- AFT lobbyists are hoping to get policy that allows students to “double dip” in regards to magnet school acceptance. As it stands now students cannot attend a magnet school and ECA as that involves two stipends for one student. The hope is to allow students to access their education in the best way that works for them regardless of the stipends they receive.
- As of the 2022-23 school year all CT high schools must offer Black and Latino studies as a course available to students.
- Grade 6 and above must be given career exploration opportunities with goals that include manufacturing as an option. The plans must also include career paths that may not include secondary education.
- A comprehensive school counseling program should be offered in every school to ensure students are receiving academic, social emotional, and future planning curriculum.
- As of January 2020 all schools must have a health curriculum delivered to students that includes sexual harassment/assault, human trafficking, dating violence and sexual exploitation.
- Schools are required to adopt a policy that prevents forbidding undirected play for children. Children must be allowed to have 20 minutes of undirected play a day.
- The bullying law is being expanded and as of 2021 all schools must eliminate that bullying be limited to student to student only, it must also include, student to teacher, teacher to student or staff to student etc. All individuals in the school environment will be held accountable to the law.
- Schools are now permitted to have a firm graduation date as long as it is scheduled on a date after the students are scheduled to be in school for 180 days. Schools no longer have to wait until after the students have actually been present in school for 180 days. Therefore snow days or other unplanned days off from school no longer must be considered prior to setting a firm graduation date.
- October 26th 9-12 a pre-retirement seminar being held at Wilcox High School in Meriden
- November 12th is a CPR refresher course.
- Computer science must be taught in all schools. And the new law is not limited to students. All educators in the state’s teacher preparation certificate programs must complete computer science training so that they can better instruct students in the subject area by 2020
1V. President Report
- All stewards are contractually entitled to time at a staff meeting to provide staff with updates and announcements. (we have an unofficial policy of up to 10 minutes) This is not a time for discussions or grievances, but a time to keep abreast of all current happenings in the union. .
- All stewards have a contractual right/responsibility to meet with their principal each month. This is best practice, there may be times when there is little to discuss, but to have the blocked time monthly is suggested.
- All threats made to teachers, staff members, students or anyone within the school building or on grounds must be taken seriously and with action. Documentation and reporting must take place.
- All over enrollments have been settled except for Ross Woodward. The idea that central office has until October 1st to allow over enrollment is false. Our contract does not allow for overenrolled classes. When over enrollment occurs it must be remedied promptly.
- If a teacher is absent and the students are assigned to other classrooms for the day they can only be placed in a class of the same grade level and up to the class size max (either 26 or 27). Students cannot be placed in another grade level classroom for the day-- that is considered “student parking” and is subject to a grievance that was settled to our satisfaction previously.
- If a teacher is asked to give up a prep to cover a class that prep must be made up in a timely manner; best practice would as soon as possible but within a week.
- Prep time question answered: departmentalized teachers assigned up to 2 different courses receive a preparation period of no less than 45 minute per day. If a teacher has 3 different courses they are given 2 extra preps per week, for a total of 7, and given preference in relief of the assignment of collateral duties. Teachers teaching 4 separate courses or more are given the 7 preps and relieved of all collateral duties.
- TEVAL: Two goals must be agreed upon with IM and staff member. The professional growth goal is in addition. However, it is not a SLO.
- Climate Surveys are back online. Principals must share and discuss the results with the staff in their buildings. Building stewards were tasked with being certain to raise this with their principal. That is the principal would set a mechanism to discuss the results with their staff promptly.
- David Cicarella adjourned the meeting at 5:15pm