It was announced back on February 17th that the “Howard County Education Association members voted to authorize work-to-rule with 91% in favor of working-to-rule“. Work-To-Rule is scheduled to begin today (February 22, 2021).

Here are other previous articles on this topic from Scott E’s Blog:

February 10th: Howard County Education Association Building Representatives passed a resolution authorizing Work-to-Rule status by a vote of 96% to 4%

February 3rd: Howard County Education Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing Work to Rule effective Feb 22nd

What does Work-To-Rule mean…here is text from the resolution:

WORK-TO-RULE RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION: Authorizing HCEA members to enact work-to-rule effective February 22, 2021;

WHEREAS: The right to a safe and healthy workplace is a fundamental worker right and a core value of our union, the Howard County Education Association;

AND WHEREAS: Educators still do not currently have the COVID-. vaccines in Howard County that were promised by elected officials, HCPSS, and the Governor;

AND WHEREAS: By a margin of 91-9, Howard County Educators have no confidence in the Superintendent’s hybrid learning plan;

AND WHEREAS: The Superintendent’s hybrid learning plan does not improve the quality of learning for most children over virtual learning, and worsens it for many others;

AND WHEREAS: The decision by the Howard County Board of Education force educators to return to school buildings before they are Immunized sends the message that educators’ lives are disposable;

AND WHEREAS: the Superintendent and the Board of Education has the legal authority to ensure educators are immunized before returning them to buildings;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that the Howard County Education Association opposes the Board of Education’s plan to compel staff to return to in-person learning before those educators have been immunized against COVID-19.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That HCEA condemns the suggestion that MSDE or the Governor’s Office are empowered to take retaliatory action against any Local Education Agencies, and ca. on the Howard County Board of Education to stand up for the lives of its own employees;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that until the Board of Education withdraws its plan to compel educators back into buildings before being immunized, that Howard County Educators will commence work-to-rule effective February., 2021, restricting the following activities:

• Educators will work only within the hours of the contractual duty day. At the beginning of the duty day, staff will enter the building together, and staff will leave together at the end of the day.

• Educators will not participate in optional meetings before and after the contractual duty day.

• Educators will not participate in voluntary back-to-school night activities (unless you have already committed yourself to volunteer).

• Educators will not respond to work-related emails outside of the contractual duty day.

• Clubs and extracurricular activities for which educators do not receive stipends are cancelled.

• Paraeducators and ESP staff shall not honor requests to substitute when a teacher is absent for an approved leave of absence.

• Assignments will be graded within the grading window, and not sooner. Makeup assignments are at the discretion of the educator, and educators will not give make up exams before or after the duty day or during contractual planning time.

• PIP time will be reclaimed for its intended purpose of teacher collaboration, and will not be used for administrator-directed meetings unrelated to teacher collaboration.

• Teacher planning time shall be free of distraction and interruption.

• Teachers will not perform custodial duties, and support professionals will not be responsible for cleaning up bodily fluids. Teachers shall not deliver books, equipment, or any heavy or bulky teaching materials to classrooms.

• The work of teacher’s secretaries shall take priority over other administrative work.

• Teachers will not find their own substitutes to provide coverage.

• Elementary school teachers shall not provide coverage for lunch or recess duties.

• Educators shall not accept any other assignment outside the core job function of each educator.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That HCEA shall adopt the policy of this resolution and the HCEA President shall transmit this policy to members, the Howard County Public School System, and the media in the fashion that she sees fit.

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I will keep an eye on social media to see what parents have to say about this as well as what experiences are shared with this new policy / procedure in place from the HCEA to their members.

I will also be watching the next Howard County Board of Education meeting (4 & 7 p.m. Virtual Meeting of the Board of Education of Howard County – Feb 25, 2021 04:00 PM) to see what the board has to think about this new policy from the educators in the school system.

Have an opinion? Let me know in the comments.

Scott E

10 COMMENTS

  1. I feel like this new hybrid schedule is ridiculous and it’s not going to be beneficial to the children.

    • Or the parents. Now, instead of one set of complications, we’ll have two sets — what to do on off days and on in school days. I really don’t understand how is this beneficial for anyone.

  2. That 9 out of 10 teachers rejected the plan that’s apparently being forced on them speaks volumes, pardon the puns. 9 out of 10! Just how does the BoE leadership have faith there is going to be a successful outcome, with that degree of disunity?

  3. As much as i think children should be in school i do not think another 3 months is going to hurt. I believe they should draw a clean slate and start back the new year. Supposedly vaccines are going to be completed by July
    In that case their will be no excuses. Also, spring break is April which allows children to possibly gather which could make the spread of covid spread more.

  4. I believe they should start with a clean slate and wait until the new school year. Its just not going to work. They say everyone should be vaccinated by July. Why rush it now. Then you have spring break which could spread the covid more easier

  5. Can someone address why Maryland has the lowest % of kids doing in-person learning in the entire
    Country?
    Is the virus worse here?

    • Powerful Teacher’s unions that choose to avoid the extra work of teaching in person. It’s also why West coast states have such terrible in person rates. There’s been little correlation between school openings and COVID spread but that doesn’t really matter to the Unions.

  6. Howard County School Teachers should be back in school 5 days each week for in person instruction or be fired. I’m sure we can find multiple people to step up and take their positions and I will be one of the first to volunteer my time to help teach. These teachers are total cowards. What about the rest of us that have to go to work every day to make a living and not just sit home an collect a pay check. Stop paying them and they will show up. They teach Science , Math and Statistics and apparently don’t have a clue how to apply these subjects. A person 50 years or younger has a better chance of dying in a bathtub that of Covid. We all over reacted and now can’t bring ourselves to the fact we over reacted. Grow up and stop living by fear if you care about kids.

  7. Howard County School Teachers should be back in school 5 days each week for in person instruction or be fired. I’m sure we can find multiple people to step up and take their positions and I will be one of the first to volunteer my time to help teach. What about the rest of us that have to go to work every day to make a living and not just sit home an collect a pay check. Stop paying them and they will show up. They teach Science , Math and Statistics and apparently don’t have a clue how to apply these subjects. A person 50 years or younger has a better chance of dying in a bathtub that of Covid. We all over reacted and now can’t bring ourselves to the fact we over reacted. Grow up and stop living by fear if you care about kids.

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