PreK-12 Teachers

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on certified educators and members of PreK-12 local unions will be linked here.
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on teachers' health as school buildings reopen (Aug. 25, 2020). 
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here to watch our BOE Unions Coalition's "reopen safely" press conference (Aug. 24, 2020).
 
Click here for our "Core Principles Regarding the Safe Reopening of School Buildings" (Aug. 18, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our state survey on reopening buildings (Aug. 17, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for a memo outlining members' workplace safety-related speech protections (Jul. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for the state Department of Education (SDE)'s "Adapt, Advance, Achieve" webinar (Jul. 9, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for SDE's blueprint for reopening school buildings (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here to watch a roundtable discussion with SDE officials on resuming in-person learning (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's "Superintendent’s Digest" portal (May 4, 2020). 
 
Click here to hear our joint tele-town hall with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) (Apr. 30, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's "Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities" (Apr. 29, 2020).
 
Click here to share your experience educating English Language Learner (ELL)s during the crisis (Apr. 17, 2020).
 
Click here for the SDE website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for PreK-12 teachers (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for the state's official page with COVID-19 school resources (Mar., 19, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents PreK-12 educator in school districts across Connecticut and is a proponent for public schools at the local level in members' districts and in the state legislature. From contract negotiations to student testing to pensions, our federation works to protect teachers' rights and provide professional support for members serving PreK-12 youth.
 
Click here to access our PreK-12 Council's open Facebook group. *
 
Click here to access Share My Lesson’s free resources for educators.
 
Click here to access Donors Choose and help teachers in need of supplies for their classrooms.
 
* requires approval to participate; does not require FB user account to access.
 

Students, School Staff and Families at Risk Due to Lack of State Policy Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

Just days after the majority of Connecticut students physically returned to the classroom, more than a dozen school districts across the state reported positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases. From Newington to Naugatuck, Waterbury to Glastonbury, and East Hartford to West Haven, varying degrees of action have been taken at each impacted building. Some have shut down completely, others isolated cohorts of students and put classes in quarantine, some moved to all distance learning, and others did little or nothing.
 

Demanding a Voice in Reopening Safely

Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions have for the past four weeks taken center stage in the debate over fall "back to school" plans. Teachers and education personnel have repeatedly called for prioritizing students and staff health in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. Efforts culminated this week in public actions organized with labor allies demanding state officials put safety first. 
 
Click here to sign and share our board of education (BOE) union coalition's petition.
 

Educators Take to the Streets in Coordinated "Safety First" Car Caravan Rallies

From Stamford to Stonington, Hamden to Hartford, and more than two dozen towns in between, teachers, education personnel, students, parents and advocates today joined school "Safety First" car caravans. The purpose was to demand safety and health precautions — and much-needed funding — in Connecticut public school building reopening plans. 
 
Click here for video coverage of several actions.
 

"Securing Our Wins" Before the Pandemic Hit

Local unions' collective bargaining efforts immediately following the declaration of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis as a public health emergency focused on the pandemic's impact. At the same time, final action on several negotiated agreements before Connecticut residents were urged to "stay safe and stay home” was delayed. We're highlighting two such examples of new contracts finally in force but which at the peak of the crisis faced uncertain outcomes.
 
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