Medical accommodations for remote work in the fall: The DOE is creating an online application for members to apply for medical accommodations that could allow them to work from home. Read more »
S/U ratings: There will be no ratings for the 2019–20 school year for teachers covered by the S/U ratings system.
Excessing procedures: Excessing is a job protection. When you are excessed, you lose your school position but you do not lose your job, your salary or your benefits. Excessing prevents layoffs. Excessing happens when there are more staff members in a given license at a school than there are positions in that license. The DOE-UFT contract, along with state law, governs all aspects of the excessing process for UFT members. Read this new Q&A on excessing for answers to the most commonly asked questions. If excessing occurs in a particular title or license, the person with the least number of years working for the DOE at a school or work site is excessed first. Members in excess must register on the online Open Market Transfer System, and they may apply for any vacancies in their license area throughout the city or they may apply to any school regardless of whether a vacancy exists. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your UFT chapter leader or district representative.
Certification changes: In response to the coronavirus crisis, the New York State Education Department has amended several regulations that govern certification. The UFT fought for these amendments so public school educators are not penalized by the interruptions caused by the pandemic. Read more »
Teacher evaluations: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 7 issued an executive order that waives requirements for teacher evaluations for this school year. State law mandates that teachers be assessed using the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), which includes classroom observations and student performance data. Cuomo will not require the reviews for the 2019-20 school year, since the pandemic has kept school buildings closed. Teachers in the final year of the probationary period may be appointed on tenure, upon recommendation of the superintendent, if they have received an Effective rating in previous years and would have qualified for tenure appointment based on their performance in the 2019-20 school year. The governor's order does not, however, make the appointment on tenure automatic. An extension of probation is still permitted where the DOE believes it is warranted. Similarly, nothing in the governor's executive order changes the DOE’s right to discontinue a probationary employee.
Guidance from the DOE
- Updated guidance for principals on school building access
- Report cards and promotion policy
- Direct deposit enrollment for the summer
- Guidance for School Leadership Teams (SLTs)
- Guidance on developing Comprehensive Education Plans for 2020–21
- Guidance on access to school buildings
- Updated guidance on the use of Zoom
- Guidance on parent-teacher conferences during remote learning
- Remote grading policy
- Clarification on live instruction
- Guidance on child abuse and maltreatment prevention and intervention
- Memo on staff attendance
- Memo on monitoring student attendance
- Mandated counseling supports FAQ (April 2)
- Remote learning FAQ distributed to principals
- Letters home to families
- Payroll administration memo: Timekeeping procedures for absences related to COVID-19