The District has emailed all classified workers a memorandum and frequently asked questions document. The District's email should answer some questions, although it does not meet all our expectations. We have also learned the District may send an additional memorandum and FAQ to workers assigned to Beaudry.
Our response to the closures was to request all related information and demand to bargain the effects on CSEA represented workers. Our last proposal to the District included sending home all non-essential District personnel; the District has refused that option thus far, preferring to start with closing school sites and a move towards work from home arrangements over the next week. We believe it's imperative to increase the social distance of all workers, not just those at school sites. We are urging the District to send all non-essential personnel home as soon as possible.
Here's what we know about the District's Memorandum and FAQ:
Some school-based classifications will continue to work as needed, although they will likely work partial schedules rather than the whole week or the entire day. It appears this is an effort to ensure the completion of time-reporting and other time-sensitive tasks. Check the memorandum from the District to see if you are in one of these classifications.
All non-school based classifications are expected to report unless they meet specific criteria.
At-risk employees will be permitted to work from home, or if that is not possible, they will be allowed to stay home without loss of pay. At-risk employees include anyone 60 or older, pregnant, ill, or living with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or immune deficiencies. Speak to your supervisor if you fall into this category.
It appears the District will address the concerns of employees who are now facing the burden of childcare complications as their children's schools close. We brought this concern to them yesterday evening. The Districts memorandum states you may be able to work from home or stay home if you have COVID-19 related childcare complications. Speak to your supervisor if you fall into this category.
We'd also highlight that it appears anyone, with the approval of their supervisor, can arrange to work from home. But this policy keeps the power to approve or deny such an arrangement with the supervisor. It also doesn't outline justifications for denials, which concerns us because it runs the risk of being applied arbitrarily.
We will continue pushing the District to do what is right by workers, students, and the community and update you as we learn more. Please bear with us as some of this information may change over the next few days or even hours.
We've uploaded a copy of the memorandum and FAQ here: