As schools, teachers and administrative authorities struggle to cope with the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic, they have to think a lot about the future of their schools. States and districts need federal support to avoid massive teacher layoffs, but with no funds available, it is now time to provide the money needed to employ an adequate number of teachers. It may seem counterintuitive that the major educational problems could have been corrected while the recession was still going on. But states are struggling with declining enrollment and questions about how best to prepare teachers for their first full-time job in years to come.
In view of the increasing demand for medical staff and first responders, schools should consider extending the childcare programmes currently available to ensure that critical jobs are minimised as a result of school closures. While the school day is difficult for working parents, most PPTs take place during the day, meaning teachers are pulled out of the classroom, with substitute teachers assigned for the duration of the school day.
Teachers who can teach but cannot do so in person for medical reasons can apply for housing under the American with Disabilities Act. Teachers seeking time off and remotely accommodated accommodation do not need a qualified reason and can apply for paid family leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which now provides expanded benefits through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Only school employees who have symptoms are quarantined and seek a diagnosis. Only school employees who have a child at home or whose school or day care center has been closed due to COVID-19 can benefit from federal health care and care for their child while he or she is being cared for.
Advocates say childcare is vital for health professionals, nurses and doctors who need it to care for those affected by COVID-19. Why do we need a paid family programme with paid sick days and paid sick days? Why should we have to go to work and face the consequences of a child’s illness without enjoying the benefits of the Family Medical Leave Act and its provisions?
The law contains many tangential aspects that will also help teachers and students. The CARES Act is only an important first step, but it contains much needed help for teachers, parents, teachers “unions and teachers” unions, and it goes much further. In the coming weeks we will be taking them to schools to help them with the COVID 19 crisis.
In 2012, Texas Teachers for Tomorrow reported that 2,709 students had completed teacher preparation programs, up from 6,022 in 2018. We have been able to find data on the number of teachers in various preparatory programs, including the Texas Tomorrow Model teachers, and 10% of these teachers are working in this area. In 2012-2013, we were the only school district in Texas with more than 1,000 teachers, but based on COVID 19, our model recorded a 1.5% increase in teacher turnover.
Our president Donna Chiera said she saw more and more teachers saying they had to stay home. Depending on the school district, teachers should be prepared for a fight, she said, because some districts may choose to fight unemployment claims.
Schools should also follow the guidelines of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Association of School Administrators. This information sheet covers the issues of pay and benefits under the amended CARES Act and other issues.
New topics are bold or italic, and new italics are new to this topic. The GEER Fund Allocations of the CARES Act provide funding for non-public / public participating public schools, charter schools and private schools. The bill would create a new $1.5 billion fund for participating teachers and their families.
The CARES Act stipulates that no more than 10 percent may be reserved for state institutions. Section 3504 of the CARes Act allows IESH to reserve FSEOG funds for the provision of emergency grants to students for unexpected expenses caused by qualified emergencies.
How much responsibility should school districts take to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are fed, clothed, and fed? What if a worker who is unable to work or telework has to look after a child whose school or place of care is closed or whose childminder is unavailable due to a health emergency? If a person leaves the profession because they are looking after children, is he or she entitled to unemployment benefit?
Research has shown that the cuts to teachers during the last recession disproportionately affected low-income schools, minorities, and poor students and their families. Hundreds of thousands of teachers lost their jobs, affecting the education of millions of students across the country. The decline in teacher training and enrolment programmes is problematic because it leads to a shortage of well-trained teachers and an increase in the number of unemployed teachers.