Dawn Nichol-Manning, EOEA President

October 2020

Fall breezes and autumn hues are in the air. The familiarity of the season brings some calmness in the midst of this pandemic. The new norm of teaching has been challenging. Despite the uncertainties of this time our focus remains the same; we want to give our students the best.

In our district we have been challenged with new curriculum changes, new learning platforms, building repairs, deep cleanings, social distancing, PPE, SGOs, lesson plans, grading, internet interruptions, and the list goes on. I want you to know that the EOEA Executive Board and I understand what you are dealing with. It takes resilience, tenacity, and determination to work as a professional educator in today’s world.

We have to rely on one another to continue to run the course. I ask that you remember that we are in this together. We have to look out for one another and care enough to wear our masks and stay home when ill of any sort. If you are in the process of being tested for Corona Virus do not come into work until you know for sure that you are negative and have your doctor’s consent to return to work. You must fill out the form everyday you enter a building. You must report if you have contracted the virus to your Administrator as soon as you know. Please read the East Orange School District Restart & Recovery Plan 2020-2021 for reporting protocols.

I ask that all members stay in contact with your Building Association Representative. They have been trained on the process for Accommodations and Leaves. If you had an accommodation denied you must contact the Superintendent asking why it was denied and what accommodation can be made.

Each school is supposed to have a Pandemic Committee, Leadership Team, and TALC. These groups should be operative to ensure that you have PPE and social distancing properly arranged in your building. If these committees are not active in your building contact your administrator and Building Association Representative.

Your concerns were presented to the Superintendent and his Senior Cabinet on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Many of your questions regarding PPE, PD, and curriculum were answered. I will send the report from this meeting in a separate update so please check your email.

We need Building Association Representatives for STEM Academy and PPS. This is a stipend position if interested please give me a call.

We are having some technical difficulties with the new email so please use the eoea@aol.com to send messages until further notice.

The office is physically opened from 1pm to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I can be reached from 10am to 5pm at 973-280-3547. I try to answer emails and calls as soon as I can. If you do not hear from me, please call again.

Stay safe and encouraged!