compiled by Aimee Rinere, Margaret Sergent, Matt Lavonas

Will teachers be paid?

The District agreed with us that teachers would continue to receive their full normal compensation if the District determined to close a school or to close all schools (Section 41-10.a.2 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Is the RTA Office open?

The office will be open the week of March 16th from 10 am to 4 pm.  Additionally, you can always email any officer or consultant.  All email addresses are located on our website located here.

Will Building Subs and Long term subs be paid?

Yes, building subs would be paid under the CBA.  If your assignment began prior to the closure and continued through the closure, you will be paid.  If you had a specific end date of your assignment you will only be paid up until that date.  ***Subs must put in their time as they previously did.

Can Per Diem subs apply for unemployment?

Yes, visit https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/ for more information.  If you need assistance, email msergent@rochesterteachers.com.

How long will schools be closed?

Our schools will be closed for at least two weeks. What happens after that clearly depends on developments in this rapidly evolving public health crisis.

Am I responsible to teach from home?

Superintendent Terry Dade reached out to us today to alert us that later this week you will receive a communication from the District asking teachers to reinforce and supplement the District’s recommendations to students and families as to how they could continue their learning at home. He will be encouraging teachers to remain in contact with students and their families and to recommend activities, resources and learning opportunities. He assured us that these expectations are predicated on trusting every teacher’s professional judgment and knowledge of students. He also assured us that none of this would be dictated by supervisors nor subject to any evaluation by them.

Can I still get into my building after Tuesday, March 17, 2020?

No, after 4 pm March 17th, we are told, teachers’ school badges will be deactivated.

How will members be notified of new information?

RTA will communicate through emails. All of the information will be posted on the RTA website and posted to the RTA Facebook page and the RTA Twitter account. All of Adam’s Updates can be found here. The District will notify staff via email and robocalls.