If you have worked the Chapter 683 program for the past two years, we want to make you aware of an agreement regarding paid parental leave for those of you who are having a child, adopting a child or caring for a new foster child during or immediately prior to the program. You may now choose to take advantage of paid parental leave during the Chapter 683 program, or you may wait to take paid parental leave until the school year begins — but you must make that decision right away. Please inform the DOE and UFT of your intention by Friday, June 18, 2021.
Every year, we ask you to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. During this challenging and unusual school year, we wanted to highlight a therapist who has provided outstanding in-person and tele-therapy. Here's a conversation with our physical therapist of the year, Silvia Vaher, who works at PS 229 in Queens.
At our 2021 School Counselors Conference, Misha Thomas, a trauma expert from Cornell University, spoke about how we can support students through the trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read her speech online.