March 15, 2020
Effective immediately, student attendance at schools is prohibited.
Classes are cancelled, but schools are not being closed at this point. Unless teachers are following advice to self-isolate or have another collective agreement related absence, they will likely be expected to report to work. Please look out for and follow board directives.
This decision raises many questions and the Association is communicating with government officials to identify teacher concerns and to discuss solutions. This situation is unprecedented and continues to evolve continuously.
Most recently, ATA President Jason Schilling raised the issues of substitute teacher income and childcare for teachers' own children with Minister LaGrange. The ATA will continue to work with the minister, Alberta Education, school jurisdictions and sector stakeholders during the upcoming days and weeks.
Government has pledged that every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled. At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made, and it may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
More information will be forthcoming as soon as it is available including the issues of substitute teacher income and childcare for teachers' own children. The Association is asking teachers to be patient and do as best they can in these unprecedented circumstances.
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on Albertans' mental health. Resources are available if you, or someone you know, is struggling or needs a little extra support. The Mental Health Help Line is available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you: 1-877-303-2642.
The Alberta Teachers' Association has setup a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page on our website at: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/News%20Room/Issues/Pages/COVID-19-FAQs.aspx
Further information on Alberta's response to this global pandemic is available at www.alberta.ca/covid19
You spoke and we listened!
We heard from many teachers over the past week that March 19th was not the best date for your induction. We would like to reschedule the Induction at a time when all teachers can attend and enjoy the evening to celebrate a year of teaching. At this time, we will be cancelling our March 19th event. We will be sending you a new event date shortly with further details.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Lee R. Martin
VP Member Enagement
ATA Local 55
We have achieved a Memorandum of Agreement with our board (the Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division). This agreement was achieved after two days of bargaining.
This is a very amicable table with an employer that appreciates the process and has respect for teachers and the Association.
I would also like to thank our Bargaining Unit, consisting of our Negotiating Subcommittee our Bargaining Agent and our Executive Assistant for the time and effort that they put into this very important endeavour.
Details of the agreement are as follows:
• Cancellation of assignment for substitute teachers
• Wellness spending account (effective September 1, 2020)
• Imbedding Professional Improvement Fund (PIF) into the collective agreement
(previously established in a letter of understanding)
• Add second day for adoption leave in all circumstances
• Letter of Understanding to establish committee to determine how unspent monies
allocated to the sabbatical leave clause and the professional improvement fund clause
shall be spent
Our Bargaining Unit General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 2020. We are still working to arrange a venue and exact time for this meeting; however, the date of the meeting will be April 2. We will communicate the time and venue for the meeting as soon as we have it booked. We look forward to seeing you there.
Alberta Teachers' Association, Local 55
On March 13, join the largest St. Patrick’s Day Labour Party in the city when the Roughnecks take on the Saskatchewan Rush.
Special Ticket price: $23
See the poster for more information and to purchase tickets at this special price.
The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation’s mission is to raise money that goes back to our schools. 100% of the proceeds that they raise go right back into our schools and classrooms helping us to take our students to Calgary Campus/Open Minds ®, helping us build or replace playgrounds, provide technology as part of the many STEAM projects, allow our students to partake in artist in residence such as Trickster Theatre, support our Social Justice actions such as the 3rd Annual Social Justice Summit, and provide funding to build our faith in our schools with new altars. This year alone, they provided $162,000 in funding to 50 of our schools through 64 grants. They really are our Education Champions and we are so fortunate that they only fundraise for our CCSD.
Their 10th Anniversary Raffle has been extended until Monday, February 24th at 11:59pm MST for online sales. As a community, we have an opportunity to support the differences they make through their grant programs to our students and schools. If you haven’t already done so, please consider purchasing a ticket by credit card for $10 or a book of 3 for $25 at www.theccef.ca/raffle.