February 12, 2021

To: All Members

From : Ian Crewe, Assistant Executive Director

Re: COVID-19 Resurgence in Province - Guidance for NLTA Members - UPDATED

There is little doubt that the 2020-2021 school year has been a challenging one; made even more challenging with the events of the past two weeks. With the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, in the Avalon region in particular, the Association has received a high volume of contacts from members regarding the reality and challenges of moving to an online teaching/learning environment, as well as concerns from members still working in person at their schools. The NLTA remains active and persistent in its advocacy efforts to influence decision makers, raising issues and questions and proposing ideas and alternative approaches, both publicly and in meetings with government and school district officials.

While government’s K-12 Education Re-entry Plan clearly states that employee safety is a priority and collective agreements are to be respected, your Association is providing the following guidance to all members on how to address specific areas of concern if/as they arise. This guidance is based on the information available to date, and updates may be provided if/as government, Public Health and school district decisions evolve.

For ease of reference, you can jump directly to the different topics addressed in this memo by clicking on one of the headings listed here:

Sick Leave - Updated February 2021
Occupational Health and Safety - Updated February 2021
Workplace Accommodations - Updated February 2021
Availability of Substitute Teachers - Updated February 2021

As always, NLTA members seeking advice/assistance on specific matters related to their individual circumstances should contact the Association via mail@nlta.nl.ca.