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United Teachers of Wichita Spring 2020 FAQs

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As we find answers to your questions during this unprecedented time, we’ll do our best to add them to this living document (located on discourse). If you have additional questions or feedback you can call, email, or submit them on Discourse.

Work from Home FAQs:

  1. How many hours am I expected to work each week? You are required to work approximately 20-25 hours per week, and you must be available for work related assignments from 8:00am-3:30pm.
  2. Do I have to report my hours? No, certified employees do not have to report their hours.
  3. How often do I have to check my email? Twice daily.
  4. What are my requirements for “Office Hours”? You need to be available for communication with parents/staff/students/admin at least 2 hours a week. 
  5. Do my office hours have to be on Microsoft Teams? No. Microsoft Teams is an option for live streaming, but you can also communicate by calling, texting, and emailing.
  6. Do I have to do the professional development activities? Yes. The current requirement is up to 4 hours per week of professional development, but the district has said that they are open to other options that match your needs. 
  7. What if I do not have very good internet access at home? Cox is currently offering limited-time, first two months free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter. Until May 15, 2020, they are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs. More info @ https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

Continuous Learning Plan FAQs: 

  1. Can I grade work submitted by students? High school is the only level where students can improve their grades with the CLP assignments, but all teachers are able to communicate feedback to students on their assignments (you just can’t put it in the gradebook).
  2. Do I have to use the district packets? No. The packets may be used for grading purposes in high school. Otherwise, they are enrichment opportunities, and you should be available to answer questions that students may have about the packets. You are welcome to create alternative lessons and activities for your class.
  3. What do I do if a student does poorly on an assignment that is for grading? Give them that feedback, but do not put it into the gradebook. Grades can only improve at this time. You may give them additional time, tutorials, and options for reassessment as you see fit.
  4. How can I give and receive work from students with no internet access? This is the BIG question for all of us, and we don’t have a good answer. Follow the guidance given by your building principal, and when we find a better solution we will update this answer.

Digital Communication FAQs:

  1. Can I communicate with an individual student via live stream? Our recommendation is that you do not do this, but we also recognize that there are some times where this may happen inadvertently (i.e. when a class live stream is initiated, but only one student has signed in at the time). Do your best to avoid these situations, and always communicate and document interactions in order to show that your intent was to have multiple students on the live stream.
  2. Can I use zoom? No. The district has been very clear that there are security concerns with Zoom.
  3. Do I have to live stream with students? No. You may communicate via email, google classroom, phone, etc. 
  4. How often do I need to contact students? We don’t have a clear answer for this yet, but we recommend that you document every time you attempt to contact a student.
  5. Can I record my live stream? Yes, as long as you do not record students during the live stream.
  6. Can students submit recordings of themselves for assignments? Yes, but we are unsure of whether this can be shared with classmates for feedback.

Special Education Teacher FAQs:

  1. What are the current requirements for Sped teachers? Here is a link to the current requirements.
  2. What is UTW doing to reduce Sped teacher workload? In addition to requesting that Sped teachers be given the entirety of the inservice day on April 13th to work on their caseloads, we are continuing to have conversations with district personnel about how to reduce the workload.

Compensation FAQs:

  1. Will I be paid my normal salary? Yes, but you may not be receiving compensations for programs like latchkey that are fee based. As we discover more such instances, we will list them here.
  2. When will I be paid? The 20th of every month as usual.
  3. What if I signed up for the lump sum option? You will receive your lump sum as normal.

Sick-Leave FAQs:

  1. What if I need to take sick-leave for Covid-19 related illness? Let Human Resources know at this number (973-4605). You will not be penalized for this time, and you will continue to be paid as normal.
  2. What if I need to take sick-leave for a non-Covid-19 related illness? “If you are unable to complete tasks assigned to you as you work from home, or you are deemed essential and you are unable to physically report to work because of issues unrelated to COVID-19, you must contact Employee Benefits/Human Resources (973-4605).  They will review your circumstances and determine what verification is necessary to either approve an exemption to stay home or to use leave. If scheduling is an issue, you should work with your supervisor on alternative scheduling options. Leave reporting procedures to Payroll have not changed – school-based staff report through Aesop and non-attendance centers staff report through PeopleSoft”

UTW Specific FAQs:

  1. How can I contact UTW? The office is closed, but you may still call, email, and submit questions on Discourse.
  2. How has UTW been helping in this crisis? We have been the voice for teachers in meetings, and we take all of your questions into meetings in order to get them answered. 
  3. How will we conduct our Pro-rep meeting? We will host our pro-rep meeting on Zoom. More information on how to get on the meeting will be sent soon.
  4. What about other committee meetings? Committee chairs may set up teleconferences to meet.

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