Resources For E-Learning and Covid-19

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Health Metrics for Moving Between Different Learning Models

These metrics are based on information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.
The IEA Board of Directors voted to provide IEA members with this information.

COVID-19 and Liability Waivers

This reviews your rights under federal law. Always check with your local and state associations for assistance in enforcing these rights and about additional rights you may have under state laws, collective bargaining agreements or memorandums of understanding with the employer, or policies. 

BY ALICE O’BRIEN, NEA GENERAL COUNSEL

Q: CAN MY SCHOOL INSULATE ITSELF FROM LIABILITY BY FORCING ME TO SIGN A DOCUMENT WAIVING MY LEGAL REMEDIES I MIGHT HAVE IF I CONTRACT COVID-19 ON THE JOB?

Some schools have reportedly asked educators to sign documents waiving any rights they have against the school based on exposure to COVID-19. These waivers are not enforceable for several reasons. First, employees cannot be asked to waive their rights under the workers’ compensation laws, which would likely be their main source of recovery for contracting COVID-19 at work. Second, to the extent the school has an obligation under occupational health laws to maintain a safe workplace, that duty cannot be waived. Third, tenured teachers generally cannot be disciplined or fired for refusing a demand to decrease their workplace protections. Fourth, in states with collective bargaining for school employees, schools cannot unilaterally change educators’ working conditions without bargaining with the union.

You can use this visual aid to assist you in helping members find economic relief if they are losing pay in this crisis. The chart was designed by two allied organizations, National Employment Law Project and Family Values @ Work.

Sample language for COVID crisis Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was developed by our colleagues in Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy at NEA. The attached sample has language for teachers and ESP.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

COVID-19 is tough, but we’re tougher.

We’re here to help, with advice for engaging students online, strategies for maintaining support for the most vulnerable, words of encouragement, ways to alleviate stress and avoid burnout, and more.

4 thoughts on “Resources For E-Learning and Covid-19”

  1. I work in a special ED class where our students are sick a lot. They have always been students that have been sick more often than general ED students. I feel we should be even more cautious without our students and their symptoms for this reason. Unfortunately I feel like the district nurse is more lenient with our students in regards to the COVID symptoms list we are to go by in order to send them home. We have a list of symptoms and the form specifically says if a student has any 1 of those symptoms they are to be sent home. Well our students are not always sent home. We have even been instructed with one of our students he has to show a fever 3 consecutive times, 20 minutes apart along with 2 other symptoms before we can send him home, because his doctor said his body doesn’t regulate body temperature well. I understand having to check his temperature more than once, but why does he have to have 2 other symptoms on top of that before he can be sent home. I personally have missed over 3 weeks of school since the beginning of school due to being sick and each time I get am tested fir COVID, but have come back negative. As of the 26th of this month I will be out of my 24 COVID days we are allowed. The reason I say all of that is I have never missed that many days in an entire school year, and I feel if our students were sent home when they have 1 of the symptoms on the list and either be tested for COVID or seen by a doctor that I would not have missed so many days am due to being sick. After the 16th of November I will have to use my personal sick days and I’m afraid if things keep going the way they are now I will run out of days. I just need some clarification on this situation so I can understand more. Should they be more lenient on our students because they typically sick more often or should they be more cautious. It just concerns me fir their safety and the worker’s safety. I am not wanting anyone to get in trouble I just want to understand. Thank you for your time.

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    1. I completely understand for your concern. This is a very stressful time. Have you reached out to your principal and discuss your concerns? Possibly you could request additional PPE for your and the students safety. If you are not satisfied with the answers from your administration please bring your problems to your local union building rep or executive team? I know many districts have different policies on this matter. Sometimes students health concerns makes it difficult and stressful to tell the difference between ailments.

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