UPE issues 14 directives as coronavirus cases hit 1,000

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Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Union for Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers (UPE) has issued fourteen directives to its members working both in state and Church schools after it was reported that the number of active cases have surpassed the 1,000 mark on Thursday.

The union is insisting that the situation is no longer under control as the country continues to experience a surge in coronavirus cases.

The fourteen directives issued by the union to its members are:

  • Members of the UPE working in Middle and Secondary schools are not to accept any changes to their existing time-table or work-schedule;
  • Members of the UPE are not to collect money on behalf of the school;
  • Members of the UPE are not to use their own devices (including laptops, computers, mobiles, cameras or other equipment) for work purposes;
  • Members of the UPE are not to accept any delegated work which should be carried out by the SMT;
  • Members of the UPE are not to check students’ bags or possessions;
  • Members of the UPE are not to attend any meetings, appointments, case conferences etc. held outside school;
  • Members of the UPE are not to stay with students who have a fever/ill when sent to the isolation room;
  • Members of the UPE are not to collect students’ work if they have reported having a fever or who have been reported sick;
  • Members of the UPE are not to be obliged to take temperatures and check on masks at entry points;
  • Members of the UPE are not to engage in hybrid teaching (ie: live lessons while students are also physically present);
  • LSEs who are members of UPE are not to conduct observations of students who are at home since they can’t physically observe the abilities of the student;
  • LSEs who are members of the UPE are not to take part in IEPs and MAPs of students who are not at school since they can’t physically observe the abilities of the student;
  • LSEs who are members of the UPE are to use last year’s IEP and MAP reports, for those students who are not physically attending this scholastic year;
  • Peripatetic teachers who are functioning as class teachers and who are members of the UPE are to refrain from submitting assessments related to LOFs.

The UPE advised its members that if they have any further queries about the directives or want to raise any concerns in these exceptional times, they should not hesitate to contact the union at info@upevow.com or by calling their offices on 2590 5400.

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