Read the UFT-DOE agreement on remote instruction for the 2021-22 school year
Will I have to work from my school building on Election Day?
If you were not informed by last Friday, Oct. 15 about being in person, your Election Day PD will occur remotely. Please reach out to your chapter leader with any concerns.
Since Election Day is an asynchronous learning day this year, how will it be structured?
Teachers are not required to provide synchronous instruction on Election Day. Schools have been provided with funding to create and upload appropriate material for asynchronous instruction via digital classrooms: a total of 24 hours of per-session pay for each elementary school, 48 hours for each middle school and 64 hours for each high school. Schools may also offer per-session pay for content creation in non-core subject areas. These per-session activities must be posted at the school level in a manner consistent with the contract and regulations
Do teachers and related service providers need to create digital classrooms this year?
Yes, for times when classrooms may be closed due to positive COVID-19 cases, and all or some of your students may be required to quarantine.
Teachers and related service providers will be provided a window from Sept. 9 to Oct. 1 to create and set up a digital classroom and will be paid $225 for this initial set up time. A supplemental check will be issued on Oct. 31 to compensate you. The initial set up should include materials required for the first day of an emergency closure.
Going forward, when more than half of your students are reprogrammed, teachers and related service providers will be paid an additional four hours at the per-session rate to recreate your digital classroom.
When would teachers and related service providers be required to use their digital classrooms?
Digital classrooms will be in use when:
- Conducting remote Parent Teacher Conferences
- Conducting synchronous instruction on snow days or during whole class or whole school closures (either health or emergency related)
- Conducting asynchronous instruction on Election Day
- Conducting asynchronous instruction for partial class closures due to quarantining students
- Conducting synchronous instruction if the teacher/provider has to quarantine and is able to work remotely
You are not required to upload any additional content to your digital classroom more than 24 hours prior to an emergency closure.
When are we not required to use our digital classrooms?
Digital classrooms cannot be mandated for:
- Regular instruction for absent students not related to a quarantine
- Newsletter or ongoing family communications
- Uploading or collecting lesson plans
If my entire class is quarantined and goes remote, will instruction happen synchronously or asynchronously?
In the case of a full class or whole school closure, the teacher/provider will conduct synchronous online instruction.
What if some of my students are quarantined but others are not required to?
Teachers and related service providers who are not directed to quarantine themselves will engage quarantined students via remote asynchronous instruction and be available for office hours. Students not required to quarantine will be taught in person.
What work and communication will I need to provide to students during office hours?
Office Hours may consist of:
- Posting asynchronous assignments
- Individual or small group synchronous instruction, support or tutoring to students who are quarantining
- Emailing or checking in on assignments with quarantining students
A minimum of one to two office hours must be provided per week of a partial class closure to quarantining students and will be compensated at the per-session rate. Middle and high school staff will also receive one additional hour of per-session pay per additional course taught (not section). You may request additional hours based on your workload.
When will office hours occur and how will I keep records of this time?
Office hours will be conducted at the teacher/service provider’s discretion and can occur:
- During the school day as paid preparation or lunch periods
- After school hours paid at the per session rate at a time decided by the teacher/provider and subject to supervisory approval
- Time keeping procedures must be followed to record the time worked
If all of my students are quarantined and working remotely from home, must I report to my school building?
If all students on your caseload are remote and your building has not been closed, you may provide synchronous digital instruction to students remotely as well, unless your supervisor tells you with reasonable advance notice that you must remain on site.
Can my supervisor observe me while teaching in a digital classroom format?
Any supervisor may observe your teaching at any time, whether in person or online. However, no evaluative observations may be conducted on the first day of an emergency closure and 24-hour notice must be given for any observation in a digital classroom that will be used for evaluation purposes.
What recourse do I have if my supervisor does not follow the guidelines in this agreement?
Any issue related to pay for remote work can be settled through the DOE-UFT regular grievance process. Other issues should follow the operational issues process.