It’s that time of year when administrators send e-mails, memos, and letters outlining “required” trainings, professional development, and other meetings during the summer months. Often, staff are encouraged to attend meetings and trainings wherein administrators use language that does not clearly indicate that any attendance during the summer or the voluntary day for returning staff is entirely voluntary. Addendum A, Section 15.11 of the Handbook is clear and provides that attendance at any District-offered staff development opportunities during the summer recess be compensated, either with Professional Advancement Credit (PAC), extended employment salary, or payment for graduate credits (if such is offered). The Handbook language also states that such communications “clearly convey the fact that teachers will not be penalized or suffer harm for choosing not to volunteer.”
Anyone with concerns or questions about attendance on non-contract or voluntary days should contact Jeff Knight at MTI. MTI does not discourage voluntary participation; however, it is out of respect for MTI-represented individuals that the Handbook is clear and direct regarding one’s participation or lack thereof.
Educational Assistants are required to work August 26 (All Staff Day). EAs are also required to work two (2) out of the remaining three (3) days between August 27-29, which days will be determined by the principal at each school or work site. EAs will be notified, by work site, by June 7, which two (2) days are required. All EAs are also required to attend all inservice and professional development (PD) days.
For the 2019-20 School Year:
• August 21, 22 & 23: New Teacher Days
• August 26, 27, 28 & 29: Required workdays for all members of the teacher unit
• August 30: Voluntary day for all staff
• September 3: First day of school with students