UFT: Leslie McDonnell, OT/PT chapter leader, and Laura Tamburo, special representative and therapist liaison
DOE: OT Director Suzanne Sanchez, OT Director Darnell Young and PT Director Carlo Vialu
The following was discussed:
Orientation packets were discussed to be made more uniform next year.
A note was made that information regarding salaries is listed on the UFT website.
Powerpoints will be shared with the UFT working in collaboration moving forward.
A general OT or PT meeting was discussed to be held in one location.
New hires will have a separate orientation meeting moving forward.
Large scale PD workshops will be developed with the UFT going forward.
A note was made regarding the two PT workshops, which had already been planned for October and fliers were shared.
Dates were suggested for large-scale meetings during the school year ( ie. Election Day, Chancellor's Day).
The supervisor’s meeting will continue independently with feedback shared with the UFT.
A survey format for needs assessment was discussed for members to be able to give input on PD.
It was discussed whether evaluations should be online to get feedback from the therapists after PD workshops.
Part-time hours are to start with the school day and follow 6.55 hours per day.
The Department of Education will offer, for one year only, different combinations of part-time hours.
Part-timers are paid for the vacation weeks.
It was discussed whether part-timers are paid if their work day falls on a holiday.
All job responsibilities for therapists are listed on the DOE website under job descriptions.
A note was made that if therapists are being asked to perform non job-related tasks, they are to notify their supervisors by email to assist them but if the matter persists they should then contact the UFT.
PTs do not perform initial evaluations except in District 75 – these are handled by the evaluation team.
OTs do perform initial evaluations and can request assistance from the evaluation team.
A note was made that if therapists are in a school two days or less they are not responsible for evaluations.