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Functional chapter members

The UFT and DOE reached an agreement about assignments and workload of functional chapter members for the 2020-21 school year. Read the memo. 

Are there limits on the number of sessions to be conducted in-person by speech teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists? 

While New York City public schools are using the blended model, you can be asked to do a maximum of six in-person sessions. The remaining sessions (up to eight when combined with the in-person sessions) can only be for remote students, and you can conduct those sessions remotely. The remote sessions must be held at a time that is mutually agreeable for you and the families of the students you serve. If you have a workday when you have no in-person students, you will not have to report to the school building. You can, however, report to the building if you want, space permitting. It is your decision. The combined time that you are in the school building plus your remote sessions cannot exceed your contractual work hours.

Will schools that are closed due to COVID-19 infections or are experiencing infections within the building be identified to the itinerant functional chapter members serving those buildings? And will itinerant members be able to stay out of those buildings if they're identified?

If a school is closed due to an infection, yes, the itinerant worker will know and, no, they will not report to that building. If a classroom is shut down, itinerant workers would be informed if they worked in the classroom or with children in the classroom.

What are some duties of school counselors that could be performed remotely? 

School counselors who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below: 

• Communicating with students and families
• Participating in IEP meetings
• Writing case notes
• Reviewing mandates
• Providing teletherapy to remote students
• Collaborating with colleagues
• Completing responsibilities in SESIS (where applicable)
• Finalizing Behavioral Intervention Plans
• Conducting student town halls, parent presentations or trainings
• Participating in committee meetings

What are some duties of school psychologists that could be performed remotely?

School psychologists who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below: 

• Communicating with students and families
• Conducting IEP meetings
• Reviewing the status of the Turning 5 caseload
• Completing reports and IEPs
• Communicating with outside stakeholders
• Identifying cases for which parents have provided or will provide evaluations
• Completing responsibilities in SESIS (where applicable)
• Completing Functional Behavior Assessments
• Finalizing Behavioral Intervention Plans

What are some duties of school social workers that could be performed remotely? 

Social workers who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below: 

• Completing reports
• Conducting parent interviews
• Scheduling and conducting social histories
• Participating in IEP meetings
• Complete Functional Behavioral Assessments
• Finalizing Behavior Intervention Plans
• Counseling for remote students

What are some duties of school secretaries that could be performed remotely? 

School secretaries who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below:

• Purchasing, purchase orders
• Data entry (where applicable)
• Faculty attendance and records

What are some duties of occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech teachers that could be performed remotely? 

Members who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below:

• Conducting remote sessions
• Completing family outreach and responding to family inquiries
• Completing SESIS tasks
• Completing required documentation, including the RAD, IEP development, progress notes and other related work.
• Providing training to school staff in support of student IEP goals (only training that is appropriate to be provided remotely)

What are some duties of audiologists that could be performed remotely? 

Audiologists who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below:

• Communicate with students and families concerning hearing assistive technology
• Training and support for use of hearing assistive technology 
• Hearing Assistive Technology ordering and data records

What are some duties of sign language interpreters that could be performed remotely? 

Sign language interpreters who are working remotely, in full or in part, may perform various tasks remotely, including but not limited to these duties listed below:

• Interpreting for students and families during remote classes
• Interpreting at meetings (IEP, CSE, CEC, SLT, PTA, etc.)
• Interpreting at Chancellor Town Halls
• Mentoring agency interpreters
• Evaluating Linguistic ASL of Deaf children