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Coronvirus Updates

UFT coronavirus information hub
Stay on top of the latest guidance and information for UFT members.

Absence and leave policy updates for the 2020–21 school year
The DOE issued this memo updating policies regarding absences and leaves during COVID-19. Employees who have documented positive COVID-19 tests or who are exhibiting symptoms are eligible for excused leave at full pay for up to two weeks. 

Read the UFT-DOE agreement on related service provider workload
The DOE and the UFT reached this agreement on related service provider workload on Sept. 11, 2020.

Read the UFT-DOE caseload agreement for related service providers on the DOE website (DOE log-in required)

Blended learning updates for speech teachers and OT/PTs
This guidance was sent to all DOE-employed speech teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists from UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Sept. 13, 2020.

Your Work in Schools

Important information regarding OT/PT work hours
Rules on work hours for occupational therapists and physical therapists for the 2015–16 school year.

DOE's list of roles and responsibilities for staff occupational and physical therapists

News about OT/PT clinical guide and annual review plan
The DOE and the UFT are collaborating to develop a therapist clinical guide. The use of the OT/PT Annual Review Plan (ARP) will no longer be required of DOE OT/PT staff.

Medicaid: Questions and Answers on the NYS School Supportive Health Services Program
Here members can find answers to a wide range of questions on New York State's School Supportive Health Services Program. Note that with the exception of Q&A #5, which focuses solely on the Random Moment Time Study, other Q&As cover multiple topics, and topics are repeated in multiple Q&As. For example, the topic of written orders and referrals is covered in Q&As #1, 2, 3 and 4; documentation requirements are addressed in Q&As #1, 2 and 3; and session notes are covered in Q&As #2 and 4. Also, these Q&As are amended and updated regularly, so check back often for the most current information.

Random Moment Time Study
Members may receive an email asking them to provide information about their activities at a particular point in time. Learn more about the purpose of this email and what you are expected to do.

NYC DOE Rules and Regulations Governing Non-Pedagogical Administrative Employees
A guide for all employees serving in classified civil service titles.

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BERS (Board of Education Retirement System)
The New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) was founded on August 1, 1921 to provide retirement benefits for civil service employees permanently employed by the City and School District of New York other than those who may retire under the provisions of other retirement laws. BERS has since expanded to include other employees, such as provisional and part-time employees of the Department of Education (DOE) and other covered employers.