Educating in the COVID Era

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Are you safe at work? New tool helps educators track, report COVID-19 cases

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A new tracking tool is now available to help educators document cases of COVID-19 at work.

The tracker, available at stopthespread.massteacher.org, allows educators to:

  • Search for known and suspected cases of COVID-19 at their public school, college or workplace
  • Report on safety conditions at their school, college or worksite
  • Share the experience of working in public education during the coronavirus pandemic

The tracker, developed by the MTA and AFT Massachusetts, is designed to give local associations, members and their families useful information as well as hold our elected officials accountable.

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MTA Rejects DESE Guidance on Requiring Remote Teaching from Schools

"We are 100 percent behind any of our locals that choose to reject this recommendation"

MTA President Merrie Najimy

MTA President Merrie Najimy on DESE-issued guidance on educators working in school buildings during remote learning:

We reject the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s recommendation that teachers be required to conduct remote instruction from their school buildings regardless of safety. It is paternalistic and punitive and has no bearing on the quality of education that the real experts — the educators — provide so masterfully.

This new guidance is clearly designed to force local educators’ unions to agree to in-person learning regardless of the condition of the school buildings in their districts, indoor air quality, testing capabilities or area COVID-19 transmission rates.

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Educators rally for safe learning conditions

Several hundred educators gathered outside the State House today chanting and cheering for a safe return to learning. “Stand up! Fight Back!” was one of the rallying cries as members of the MTA, AFT Massachusetts and the Boston Teachers Union — along with supporters from other unions and community allies — demanded that the governor require all school districts to open remotely until health and safety measures are met.

“Our members are longing to get back to in-person teaching and learning, and students are longing to see their educators and friends in person,” said MTA President Merrie Najimy. “But our greatest obligation as educators is to protect the health and safety of our students as we educate them."

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Higher education rallies target layoffs, cuts

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Students, staff and faculty members who are fighting back against budget cuts at public colleges and universities rallied on campuses across the state, drawing attention to the devastating loss of personnel and programs.

“When they talk about cutting staff, like student life counselors and librarians, and call them nonessential, I need to speak up,” public higher education graduate Melody Rondeau told the crowd during a rally at Bristol Community College in Fall River.

Rondeau said she dropped out of high school and after six years decided that she needed to resume her education. She enrolled at Massasoit Community College, where she received the kind of support necessary to help a nontraditional student such as herself succeed. 

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For MTA Members

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Health and Safety Resources 
A Guide for Bargaining the Safe Return to Schools and Campuses

Policies and practices for a safe return to our schools and campuses.

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Building Safety Checklist

A list of preparations to incorporate with your local association's building safety plan.

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Bargaining and Online Resources for MTA Members

Resources and tools for bargaining health and safety conditions.

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Information Request/Demand to Bargain

Request form based on MGL ch. 150E.

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Coronavirus-Related Posts
Are you safe at work?

A new tracking tool is now available to help educators document cases of COVID-19 at work.