SBO process for 2020-21 school year
Schools may now use the school-based options (SBO) process to modify certain contractual articles concerning teacher schedules, school workday, compensatory time positions and now the new blended learning agreements.
In consultation with the principal, the chapter leader can use the SBO process to modify the contract after surveying members and determining a willingness of the staff to proceed with an SBO ratification vote. The chapter leader and the principal must both agree to proceed with an SBO modification before a vote can be conducted.
The UFT and the DOE signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Sept. 25 that included an SBO process for modifications to the recent blended learning agreements. If a school community is happy with a program that does not comply with those agreements, the UFT chapter leader at that school can conduct an SBO vote to keep the school’s instructional program and schedule in place.
Elements of the blended learning agreements that can be modified through the SBO process include:
the instructional coordination period
the prep period
the instructional lunch
mixed teacher modalities (in-person, blended remote and fully remote)
Live streaming is an individual teacher’s choice and should not be included in any SBO proposal.
If the chapter leader and the principal are not able to agree on an SBO vote for the current instructional model, the principal may, within two school days, request the intervention of the superintendent and the UFT district representative to help create an acceptable modification subject to an SBO vote. If the superintendent and the UFT district representative are unable to find an acceptable modification, the superintendent may, within two school days, request the intervention of the executive superintendent and the UFT borough representative.
If no modification of the blended learning agreements is brought to an SBO vote, the blended learning agreements must be followed. If a school is not in compliance with the agreements and does not have an SBO, the chapter leader may file a complaint through the operational issue resolution process.