Sunday, September 06, 2015
A Reminder To ATRs.
On Tuesday September 8th you need to report to your assigned school. Failure to report to your assigned school after 2 days without medical documentation or approved leave may result in your automatic termination thanks to the contract. Remember, as an ATR you enjoy the same rights and privileges as the appointed teachers in the school. That means a key to the teacher's bathroom, lounge, and other common work areas. Finally, ATRs are classroom teachers and must be given teacher duties! That means that schools cannot use the ATR more than one period a day for non-teacher duties, like hall patrol, cafeteria duty, or administrative work that are allowed in the circular six options in the school. However, it is always the ATR's option to do more if they so choose. Seek out the school Chapter Leader and get to know what the school rules are. Moreover, you may need the Chapter Leader to advocate for you if you are being abused or your rights are being violated.
If the ATR is given a sixth teaching period, after the first one for the semester, the school must pay you "per session". In schools with block schedules that are 6 and 4 and you are covering for a teacher then there is no "per session". However, many block schedule schools will try to use the ATR to cover consecutive 6 period blocks on consecutive days for different teachers. After the first of such consecutive overages any future sixth period coverage on consecutive days should result in "per session" pay for the ATR. ATRs must be paid for their second extra overages even if they occurred in different schools during the same semester. Therefore, keep a receipt of your first coverage to show the next school that they must pay you for the extra coverage.
Finally, you will be getting some mandatory interviews, you must attend! Missing two consecutive mandatory interviews without proper cause, will result in your automatic termination. If you are covering for a teacher during this time, the school must release you and you must attend the interview. If the school refuses to release you than immediately contact Michael Sill at UFT Headquarters, Msill@uft.org, he will contact the DOE and resolve the problem.