June 14, 2020
NEWSETTE
Information is Power
Inside this Newsette:

  • End of the Year Meeting and Celebration
  • Presidents Letter
  • Open Enrollment for Benefits
  • Coronaviurs Updates
  • Tell Us Your Story
  • Join a Committee for Next Year
Join Us for Year End Celebration and Discussion On Re-Opening Our Schools

Join our end of year celebration! Our Special Guest Keron Blair, National Executive Director of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. Topic: How do reopen the schools we want after the shutdown? 
Our schools are going to reopen. Will it be the same old thing or a phoenix rising? Can we be the social justice voice for public education?

Join us for our end of year celebration and final meeting on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at 4:30 . It will be one last fun with prizes for participants.
A Message From President Dudley
Dear Members,

You did it! Thank you for all of your work throughout Distance Learning!

On Tuesday June 16, 2020, at 4:30 PM , Please join us at our end of year Zoom Call Webinar. Our special guest Keron Blair has been very helpful in our work with the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools Prince Georges. This is a time like no other to transform our schools.

We will be sharing our plans for the summer including our Summer Social Justice Institute, our office hours, and preparations for next year at PGCEA.

The Board of Education Operations, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee is considering the budget reconciliations Monday June 15 at 6 PM here is the link https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/pgcps/Board.nsf/Public the ZOOM information is Please click the link below to join the webinar: 
https://zoom.us/j/92226679852?pwd=bWkyY2VrSm1ISFZXci9rbzdMZHMrQT09
Password: 620876.

The final vote on the budget will be at the Board of Education will be on June 25th at 7 PM. You can participate in budget meetings and submit testimony.

NEA SUMMER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE SERIES 
Given the changes to the 2020 Representative Assembly and pre-RA events and conferences, NEA will not be hosting the Conference on Racial and Social Justice this year. Rather than re-create the conference virtually, the Center for Social Justice will instead host the Summer of Justice Series, which will share racial and social justice content and engagement across the summer, grounded in the same goals of the conference. Please read more about the Summer of Justice Series by clicking here .

MSEA VIRTUAL SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
At SLC 2020 (July 14 & 15), we're takin' it new school, very new school - VIRTUAL! Our first virtual Summer Leadership Conference will explore our rich union history—the foundation of the exciting new union movement of the past several years. Each of this year’s SLC workshops will reflect on how school closures and the continuing coronavirus crisis impact public education and MSEA’s agenda. 

Through two T(Ed)Talks, core trainings, electives, and discussions attendees will discover the issues and skills that make the new union movement relevant and successful and, importantly, how we can respond with a united strategy, intelligence, and compassion to these difficult times.  

Click here to register, view updated course descriptions, and the agenda. Registration is open from now until June 26. Space is limited by course to ensure interactivity despite the virtual setting.

*Please note: There is NO cost for this conference.


Black Lives Matter,
Theresa Mitchell Dudley
Open Enrollment for Your Benefits

PGCEA Member,

One big question we continue to receive is “What is Open Enrollment”?  Open Enrollment is your opportunity as a PGCEA member to select your member only benefits provided through our new partner, American Fidelity to protect you and your family. Time is running out for this Open Enrollment period. Please see below the list of these exclusive member only benefits.

Click here: marylandbranchoffice@americanfidelity.com ; and send them an email with your name to request a time to learn more about these benefits and be entered into multiple GIFT CARD RAFFLES (no purchase necessary).


  • Short/Long Term Disability Insurance (Guarantee Issue) – Protects your paycheck if you are out of work due to illness/Injury and includes pregnancy benefit
  • Life Insurance (Easy Qualifications and NO Medical Tests) – coverage for you and your family
  • Accident Insurance (Guarantee Issue) – Pays you if you go to the doctor for any accident big or small and provides coverage for you and your family
  • Cancer Insurance (Easy Qualifications) – Pays you if you are ever diagnosed or receive treatment due to Cancer to help with bills your health insurance might not cover, and provides coverage for you and your family
  • Critical Illness (Guarantee Issue)– Pays you if you are ever diagnosed with a heart attack or stroke, and provides coverage for you and your family

Click here for more information: www.americanfidelity.com/pgcea
**Some coverages pay Wellness benefits and are portable upon retirement


Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates
*PGCEA Offices will be closed March 16-TBD. Should you need help staff is available by phone 301-736-2700 and email at contacts@pgcea.org  


BLUEPRINT FOR EXCELLENCE VETOED BY GOVERNOR 
Please write your state legislators at this link. They must override this veto.  https://netdonor.net/page/60426/action/1?fbclid=IwAR1BqkSVa_0vb9thPYJ2Z7PGOAFBXQ6JC0UFwnso3-9TZFATrRZ471l3B1E


KARAOKE ZOOM HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY
We are all missing the comradery of Friday Happy Hours. After a successful Karaoke Happy Hour last Friday, we are going to do virtual Happy Hour every Friday at 4:30! If you are interested in singing pick a song and get ready. You can have others on with you. You can also ask questions during song breaks. It is best if you prepare ahead of time and pull up your song in advance so you can share it on screen.  

STAY HOME STAY SAFE 
After 8 weeks of being home, and four weeks of Distance Learning under our belts, we are seeing positive lessons and how we must be vigilant about working conditions. With Dr. Salmon’s closing schools May 6 for the remainder of the year, it raises more questions on the last day, end of distance learning, summer school, and access to retrieve belongings. Many concerns will not be answered until after the Board of Educations meeting on Thursday, May 14. The two most important things are first our negotiated agreement is still in place and two please refer to the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to verify your responsibilities.
As this is an emergency, we are regularly meeting with the Administration to suggest improvements and to share successes. If you have a question please check our Fact Sheet on our COVID-19 page first and ask your administrator for clarification. 
If you still are unsure, please feel free to email  contacts@pgce.org  or call 301-736-2700 for clarification between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Tell Us Your Story
We have a request from Clinton Smith, Ed.D who Chairs, the NEA Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children. Please provide your authentic stories.

NEA is trying to collect stories about what is happening on the ground in our school districts as distance/remote learning and IDEA procedural safeguards and timelines remain in place during the COVID19 pandemic. What problems have you had with IDEA flexibility and timelines? Are you able to adequately provide services to your students? What are your barriers? What are your successes? What type of assistance and relief is needed? What resources do you need?
Please go to this link and share your stories! Your stories will be incredibly helpful as NEA lobbies for education policy and funding requests at the federal level.

PGCEA Distance Learning FAQs

The following answers to frequently asked questions from PGCEA members are based on the current Negotiated Agreement, the PGCPS Teacher/School Staff Distance Learning Guide and responses to PGCEA from the CEO and other school system leaders. Due to the existing Covid-19 health emergency and a continually evolving situation this document may be updated as needed.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
All PGCEA Events are Canceled
Until Further Notice

*some committee chairs may have meetings via zoom conference call.
Get involved! Join a committee.