School Personnel Questions

  • SCHOOL PERSONNEL

    QUESTION

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    How will children of teachers be accommodated in a hybrid model since students will be part time in school and their parents expected to be there full time. Will there be consideration for Framingham residents who teach in neighboring districts and have students enrolled in FPS if the hybrid model is put in place?

    Superintendents in the area were seeking to create an inter-district agreements to allow such accommodations; however, because Framingham is fully remote while the other districts are hybrid, we cannot participate. OST is looking to create fee-based childcare programs for staff in Framingham.

    If schools do continue to be fully remote for Sept/Oct, has there been any talk about educators being able to work at least part time at school versus at their home? This could ensure access to printing/mailing materials to students, better wifi, and resources like white boards/tech that could help with full online learning.

    This is still subject to bargaining with the FTA.

    I think we have to be honest in saying that the social distancing/mask/disinfecting requirements will be very hard for teachers to enforce, especially at the elementary level. Is there any possibility for additional staff support in these areas so that teachers can focus more on instruction?

    Additional custodians have been approved to support clearing efforts.

    Since it looks like school will be remote for at least the beginning of the school year, what is being done to better train teachers on using technology? AND, are the teachers being trained to present online, being supplied with computer monitors and webcams better suited to online learning?

    The PD Committee, which has members of the FTA in it, is including technology training. Each employee has a laptop. Each classroom also has a projector. There is no plan at this time to order monitors or webcams. If you need something for your classroom, please contact your building administrator.

    Will teachers have the choice to teach remote from their homes or the classroom?

    This is still subject to bargaining with the FTA.

    With regards to staff that have been in the buildings, have you had any reported cases of COVID? What plan was in place to deal with that?

    There was only one reported case in early June.  There have been none since. However, no one can guarantee 100% safety from illness, and our goal is risk reduction. The COVID-19 Plan outlines the communication and next steps when an employee tests positive (i.e. contacting close contacts, etc.).

    Are there any plans for FPS employee children regarding childcare so that the FPS employee can go to work?

    Superintendents in the area were seeking to create an inter-district agreements to allow such accommodations; however, because Framingham is fully remote while the other districts are hybrid, we cannot participate. OST is looking to create fee-based childcare programs for staff in Framingham.

    If teachers have to teach in the classroom are aides and assistants expected to be back as well?

    This is still subject to bargaining with the FTA.

    Will subs be trained on safety protocols, PPE, online platforms?

    Long Term Substitutes will receive the same training as other educators.