The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers, has been observing the rising numbers among the educational population and is shocked at how the Government is allowing our educators to continue performing their duties without considering the, now obvious, threat they are being subjected to. The union firmly believes that stricter measures need to be in place and need to be enforced at all times, and insists on the necessity of going online completely, as soon as possible, so as to contain the spread of the virus, which cannot be described in any other way if not out of control, at this point in time. With the safety of educators in mind the UPE is issuing this set of directives for State and Church schools with immediate effect:
- Members of the UPE working in Middle and Secondary schools are not to accept any changes to their existing time-table or work-schedule
- Members of the UPE are not to collect money on behalf of the school.
- Members of the UPE are not to use their own devices (including laptops, computers, mobiles, cameras or other equipment) for work purposes.
- Members of the UPE are not to accept any delegated work which should be carried out by the SMT.
- Members of the UPE are not to check students’ bags or possessions.
- Members of the UPE are not to attend any meetings, appointments, case conferences etc. held outside school.
- Members of the UPE are not to stay with students who have a fever/ill when sent to the isolation room.
- Members of the UPE are not to collect students’ work if they have reported having a fever or who have been reported sick.
- Members of the UPE are not to be obliged to take temperatures and check on masks at entry points.
- Members of the UPE are not to engage in hybrid teaching (ie: live lessons while students are also physically present).
- LSEs who are members of UPE are not to conduct observations of students who are at home since they can’t physically observe the abilities of the student.
- LSEs who are members of the UPE are not to take part in IEPs and MAPs of students who are not at school since they can’t physically observe the abilities of the student.
- LSEs who are members of the UPE are to use last year’s IEP and MAP reports, for those students who are not physically attending this scholastic year.
- Peripatetic teachers who are functioning as class teachers and who are members of the UPE are to refrain from submitting assessments related to LOFs.
Should any of our members have any further queries about the directives or want to raise any concerns in these exceptional times, they are not to hesitate to contact the union at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our offices on 2590 5400