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Paraprofessionals FAQ

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The UFT and DOE reached an agreement about working hours and responsibilities for paraprofessionals during the 2020-21 school year. Read the memo.

Updated paraprofessionals agreement, Dec. 7, 2020

How will 1:1 paras be able to keep social distancing guidelines when we work in the closest proximity to kids?

Paraprofessionals should be sure to use all personal protective equipment for the task they are asked to perform. If you have any questions, please call the UFT Safety and Health liaison in your borough:

  • Bronx: 718-379-6200
  • Brooklyn: 718-852-4900
  • Manhattan: 212-598-6800
  • Queens: 718-275-4400
  • Staten Island: 718-605-1400

Will paras have protective equipment for changing students, including gloves, access to hot water and soap?

Yes, paraprofessionals will have all necessary personal protective equipment as will the teachers they are assigned to, and for the task they are being asked to perform.

What is the new position of Paraprofessional Classroom Manager? 

This is a posted position. This guidance includes details about the position, including a template that can be tailored by the school leader. The Paraprofessional Classroom Manager (PCM) will receive a per term stipend of $1,750 to perform the additional work set forth below. Priority will be given to paraprofessional applicants that have been accepted into the Lead Teacher Assistant (LTA) pool but have not been selected for an LTA position.

The duties of this position shall be to manage classrooms of students, under the general direction of a pedagogue, while the students: perform independent work; eat during non-instructional lunch; and/or are being instructed by a remote teacher during synchronous learning.

In the event of an emergency, the PCM may teach a scheduled class when no teacher is available to cover. If asked to teach more than five (5) emergency coverages in a term, then the PCM will be paid the teacher’s coverage rate (in addition to the $1,750 stipend).

See the posting and principal guidance about this position. 

Are schools required to offer the Paraprofessional Classroom Manager position? 

No, this is an individual school leader decision. Schools that opt to offer this position must post the position. 

Will paras have to take student temperatures or supervise isolation rooms?

Paraprofessionals can be asked to help with health screenings. If a para applies for the new position of Paraprofessional Classroom Manager, they can be asked to cover isolation rooms.