WEA Opposes Loosening Recommendations on Quarantine for Staff and Students in K-12 Setting.
The Wyoming Health Department has recently loosened recommendations around staff and student quarantine procedures. Under these new recommendations, people in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine, if both the close contact and the infected person are wearing face coverings. Learn more about WEA's opposition to the change.
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Sick Leave - FAQ
Many of the most frequently asked questions from educators about returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic address sick leave as it pertains to medical absences, and those tied to quarantine, or caring for a loved one. Learn more about federal rights and protections for education employees. We address some of your most frequently asked questions in this concise FAQ document.
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NEA's "Safely Returning to In-person Instruction" webinar is now available for viewing. This webinar explores potential protections for employees under the Americans With Disabilities Act, what we know about Workers' Comp at a national level, the danger of waivers, and more.
Initial Guidance for Reopening Schools:
Safe Start Schools Reopening Toolkit
Local leaders across Wyoming are working with members to identify and prioritize materials and protocols to maximize the health and safety of students and educators when in-person schooling begins in many districts, this fall. Download the Safe Start Schools Reopening Toolkit. The toolkit provides guidance on safety protocols and best practices and addresses scenarios and issues to plan for, proactively, before school is back in session, this fall.
Smart Start schools reopening guidance has been released.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow released the Smart Start guidance document Wednesday at a joint press conference with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. The guidance provides requirements, recommendations, and considerations based on three tiers of possible reopening and operating scenarios schools may face this fall. Ultimately, conditions and expectations surrounding re-openings will depend—not on statewide mandate—but on local control.
In an effort to understand the full scope of its meaning and impact for Wyoming educators, WEA staff and governance are diligently working to review this document. WEA will be working with leadership in locals across the state to ensure educator voice is considered in reopening plans in every district in Wyoming.
Please continue to monitor communications from WEA, as we navigate this unprecedented situation and strive to protect the health and safety or Wyoming students educators, and all education employees and the fiscal stability of the Wyoming education system. WEA will be providing members with guidance and resources addressing re-openings in the weeks and months to come.
The Smart Start guidance document is available for review here.
Governor Gordon and Superintendent Balow's joint press conference is available for viewing here.
Please note: WEA will be working in concert with local leadership. If you have particular concerns regarding health, safety, or occupational responsibility as it relates to school re-openings please reach out to your local president or regional UniServ Director.
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Wyoming schools are closed, but WEA is still hard at work for members across the state. The entire WEA staff remains available to you and is continuing to work fulltime, remotely.
WEA is working with local leaders to gather information and advocate for the protection of vulnerable students and educators, maintain equitable student access to learning materials and resources, and meals, and ensure that educators are kept financially whole throughout the duration of school closures.
Our Coronavirus resources will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Related questions may be directed to WEA's Communications Director, Amanda Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a safety or other workplace concern, UniServ Directors are still available to assist members. Regional UniServ contact information is listed under the 'Contact' tab on this website.
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