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Monday, January 31, 2022
WTU Election Committee -- INFORMATION NEEDED!!!!!
If you are the Building Representative, Alternate Building Representative or Delegate for any of the schools below please contact WTU Membership Coordinator, Valerie Kilby today at 202-517-0728 or [email protected].
Bancroft, Beers, Boone, Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan, Dorothy Height, Drew, Hart, Kramer, Noyes, Payne, Phelps, Savoy, Turner, Virtual Learning Program
Rally to Support Substitute Teachers
Please join us in showing solidarity with the Substitute Teachers!
Monday, February 7th 3:30-6:00
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
IMPACT Survey & Meeting
Please take a few minutes to complete the IMPACT survey.
And join us for the next IMPACT Meeting on Tues, Feb 1 at 4:30pm
Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 829 0883 7888; Passcode: 888893
Scholarship Opportunity for seniors who live in wards 5, 7, 8.
Cathy Feingold, sister in labor, has turned a tragic event in her life into a scholarship opportunity for students who live in Wards 5, 7, & 8 and have been impacted by gun violence. Cathy has partnered with Ryane Nickens, founder of the TraRon Center. The WTU is joining the partnership with the TraRon Center whose mission is to expose gun violence survivors to therapeutic modalities that may be absent from their current grieving and coping methods. With a focus on the inclusion of creative arts, the center equips survivors with strategies to healthfully endure the complexities of loss while promoting community health and solidarity.
Here are additional stories about Ryane and Cathy.
Women Who Lost Loved Ones to DC Gun Violence Team Up to Help Others – NBC4 Washington (nbcwashington.com)
Union Leadership Institute (UL)
Presentations from the ULI sessions on Jan 28 & 29 are available here
URGENT!! - Report your vaccination status on PeopleSoft.
Some teachers still have not reported their vaccination status on PeopleSoft, and failure to do so will result in the loss of pay. Please report your status immediately.
Personal Pandemic Leave
The Covid-19 leave benefit, effective December 1, 2021 and expires on April 2, 2022 is only applicable to employees who test positive for COVID-19 and cannot work due to illness. This benefit cannot be used for childcare purposes when a school or daycare center closes due to COVID-19. If you are required to quarantine, you may work virtually without the loss of your sick leave. You must complete the attestation form to work virtually.
Air Quality Reports
As part of the MOU, DCPS is required to publish data monthly on the quality of air in our schoosl. Attached here is the December 2021 Air Quality Report
D.C. government has agreed to provide all D.C. government workers—including all school employees—with special COVID-19 sick leave, so that you don’t have to use your sick leave if you become infected or must quarantine because of an exposure. Employees will be allowed to take up to 80 hours of “personal pandemic leave.” After intense urging by the WTU, the mayor announced today that this leave will be retroactive to Dec. 1, 2021, and will expire on April 2, 2022.
Sign up to receive a weekly PCR test mailed to your home:
- Go to this link to sign up to have a mail-to-home PCR test sent to you each week.
- Follow the instructions in the test kit.
- Drop the completed test off at any FedEx drop box, and results will be sent directly to you by LabCorp via email.
- If you test positive, please isolate immediately and notify your supervisor.
KN95 Mask Distribution
N95 masks – we are out of the N95 masks that were donated by Sunrise DC. We will let you know when we receive another shipment.
DCPS is working to re-supply schools with additional masks. Public health guidance advises that masks may be worn more than once, and we are closely tracking how staff are utilizing the masks to determine the rate of re-supply. All school-based and public-facing staff will have access to up to three masks per week. The WTU believes that students should also be supplied KN-95 masks and we are working with the Administration to accomplish this goal.
How to improve mask fit
Report Health & Safety Concerns:
Please continue to report COVID related issues to the situation room - http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings
And any testing or reporting issues to OSSE (OSSE Online Complaint Form (dc.gov).
AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.