So, I guess I’m getting locked out as of Monday. That’s a new one for me, so…adventures? But these are confusing adventures. Because somewhere between the three page letter informing us of the lockout (which you can read here), and the sevens pages of Q&A meant to clarify it (found here and here) my whole brain did that tilty thing that my dog’s head does when she’s confused.
I mean, I have damn good reading comprehension skills, but…I just don’t understand.
1. Extra-curriculars are an essential service?
Because the letter says that I’m not allowed to be at my jobsite more than forty-five minutes before or after the bell. And I’m not allowed to help kids at lunch. See?
But the Q&A says that I can still volunteer for extra-curriculars, and that the lockout is in no way preventing teachers from doing so.
How can do that if I’m not allowed to be at school? Unless extra-curriculars are an essential service?
2. Provincial exams are going to get marked?
The letter says that we’re getting locked out on June 25th, 26th, and 27th. But two Provincial exams are being written on the 24th – both of which have two essays each that need to be marked. And one of the exams goes until 4PM, which is actually beyond the forty-five minute time thing for most schools.
But we’re not allowed to go to work on the 25th to mark them.
Yet Peter Cameron has been quoted as saying that there’s no reason those exams can’t be marked.
I don’t get how that’s going to work.
3. So, I can’t mark exams even when I’m working?
Normally, the Provincial exam essays are marked by the teachers who taught the examinable courses that semester. For instance, if you taught English 10, you’re marking the English 10 exam.
In the past, I’ve volunteered to mark Provincials for courses that I’m qualified to teach, even when I haven’t taught them. It’s good professional development. It keeps me up to snuff on the content and lets me see what the exams are looking like, and where the students are struggling.
But I not allowed to do Pro-D when it’s not a designated Pro-D day. See the third point from the letter?
So I can’t help mark the exams, because it’s not a Pro-D day?
4. Less than 10% of my work is worth 10% of my salary?
Okay, so I can’t be at work for longer than 45 minutes on either side of the bell. And I’m being docked pay for this. Even though the contract says that I only need to be there 15 minutes on either side.
I’m missing a staff meeting. So, that’s an hour or two.
I can’t improve my own teaching practice while at work.
I’m not allowed to work through my lunch break, which is kind of guaranteed by employment standards, anyway.
The full lock out days are unpaid already.
So, really, I’m being docked 10% pay on my days worked for 1.5 hours over the month and volunteer time?
I don’t understand.
It doesn’t make sense.
Even with seven pages of clarification for a three-page letter.