Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP)

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on non-certified education staff and members of PSRP local unions will be linked here.
 
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 the state Department of Education (SDE)’s webinar on contact tracing (Aug. 20, 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. 18, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul 31, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (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 SDE's "Adapt, Advance, Achieve" webinar (Jul. 9, 2020).
 
Click here for SDE's blueprint for reopening school buildings (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here for distance learning resources from SDE and the alliance of regional service centers (May 6, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's "Superintendent’s Digest” portal (May 4, 2020).
 
Click here for the UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities’ updates and resources (Apr. 30, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's “Special Education” portal (Apr. 6, 2020). 
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for education support staff (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources for schools (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here or the official state COVID-19 website's school resources page (Mar., 19, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents thousands of school-related personnel (PSRP) in local and regional districts across the state. PSRPs work as paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, tutors, secretaries, school nurses, custodians and others who provide critical services that support student learning. From contract negotiations to professional development, AFT Connecticut works to secure the pay, benefits, conditions and respect they deserve as both professionals and “the engine that keeps their schools running.”
 
Click here to follow our national union’s PSRP Twitter feed.
 
Click here for the state education department website's School Paraprofessional Advisory Council page.

 

Comments on Protests for Justice Following Murder of George Floyd

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel today made the following public remarks in response to demonstrations across the state and country demanding accountability for last week’s police killing in Minneapolis:
 

Ensuring a Role for School Support Staff in Distance Learning

Education personnel across Connecticut faced an uncertain future when in mid March their buildings were closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). By exercising negotiating rights and tapping political strength, union leaders were able to keep members engaged in remote distance learning — and earning their paychecks. Their action assured the school year isn’t lost for countless schoolchildren and protected the primary source of income for thousands of working families.
 

Demanding Lawmakers "Lift Up Working Families"

Connecticut's labor movement has been laser-focused on protecting working people since COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) began wreaking havoc as a full-blown global pandemic. The priority has been meeting the needs of those serving on the frontlines — health professionals, first responders and public safety professionals. At the same time, union leaders are teaming up for action aimed at preserving the livelihoods of working people facing layoffs, furloughs, reduced hours and shutdowns.
 

Empowering School Nurses to Fight the Pandemic

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Governor Ned Lamont nearly two weeks ago issued an executive order closing all public schools in Connecticut. Among the unintended consequences were furloughs and layoffs of education support personnel — including nurses and health professionals — in districts across the state. AFT Connecticut and affiliated local union leaders responded to the crisis by negotiating opportunities to re-deploy affected members to the frontlines of the pandemic.
 
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