Dawn Nichol-Manning, EOEA President

March 2021

This month we celebrate the many strides made by women. We celebrate the heroic efforts and contributions from female artists, educators, philanthropists, scientists, architects, engineers, and the titles are endless. The contributions made by women are countless and could never go unnoticed. Take time to celebrate the women in your lives that have encouraged you to pursue your goals and reach for the stars.

March also brings us to the re-entering into school buildings. Your administrators should have met with the Pandemic Team for your school site. Plans, schedules, and directions should be reviewed before entering. Contact your administrator should you have questions regarding your schedule or PPE. At this time, we are waiting to hear from the Superintendent regarding when or if students will return in April 2021.

Make sure you are informed on how to request an accommodation. I suggest that if you have serious health issues to start the process sooner than later. Accommodations must have proper documentation from your doctor and pertain to your health conditions. Accommodations can not be made for childcare or parent care; these circumstances fall under FMLA.

DATES TO REMEMBER

The efforts of NJEA members have placed educators on the priority list for Covid-19 vaccinations. The EOEA will conduct an informative meeting this month to give more details that pertain to the vaccination as well as how to sign up to receive it. Please look out for the Remind notification and your email for the time and date.

2021 NEA RA will be virtual. We are looking for members who would like to serve as delegates to represent our local. Your building representative should have sent you the timeline and nomination form. You can self- nominate. Elections for those running for delegates will be held March 24, 2021 at 4:45pm via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom credentials closer to the time of the session. You must register. Once you register you will receive an email on how to access the session. You must be signed up with the NJEA database using a personal email address.

The days ahead of us will have its set of challenges as did the months prior. None the less, we were able to push through keeping our students as the focus and ensure them of a proper education. I ask that we work together and remain union strong on the way we approach matters. Call if you have questions or concerns. If you email the office and do not receive a response in 48 hours, please call 973-280-3547 or 973- 672-7331. Let us remain unified in the days to come.