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Return to school - information for members

RETURN TO SCHOOL

Please see below a short video from Secretary Mark Northam, welcoming you back to school for Term 2.

 

With the increasing return of students back to school, the IEU believes that work health and safety requirements must be in place for students and staff at all schools.

 

Please complete the following short survey by next Monday 11 May so that the union has a picture of whether our members are safehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IEU_Survey

 

Vulnerable staff should be able to continue to work from home - employers can easily provide such work whilst attendance remains below normal levels. Staff should not be forced to take personal/carer’s leave if they wish to work from home because they are medically vulnerable, are pregnant or are a carer for a medically vulnerable person.

 

WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY
Government advice continues to stress the importance of physical  distancing, the risk to vulnerable persons, the importance of good hygiene in schools, management of suspected cases of COVID-19 and environmental cleaning.

https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-advice-on- reducing-the-potential-risk-of-covid-19-transmission-in-schools-24-april-2020 

WORKLOADS
The union is also concerned about reports of increased workloads in some schools. The return to increased attendance and some face to face teaching should not result in additional workloads for teachers and support staff. Only one mode of delivery and one and only one unit of instruction should be expected of teachers and communication with parents should not exceed normal expectations.

 

Casual teachers should be employed to replace a teacher who is absent on leave and there should be no artificial limits placed on the employment of casuals.

 

CHAPTER ACTION FROM HERE

In all cases, if you do not feel safe, please say so. In the first instance you should advise your principal of your concerns as soon as possible.  All IEU Chapters should meet (including by zoom if a significant number of teachers are working from home) to pro-actively review the work health and safety in your school, workload issues and any work practices which may place staff and students at risk. Where possible, you should look at any practical solution which would resolve the problem.

 

If you have any difficulties in having your concerns dealt with, you should contact your IEU Organiser.