IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OF GENERAL CONCERN THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE ADDED,
PLEASE FAX TO PHIL AT 881-6678 OR EMAIL HIS SECRETARY AT
lsauer@btfny.org

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN CASE WE NEED CLARIFICATION.

YEAR ROUND CONCERNS

Q. Do I call in sick or take a personal day if I cannot make it to work because of severe weather conditions?
A. DO NOT call in sick and DO NOT use a personal day. When you call AESOP, inform them that severe weather is preventing you from reporting.

ARTICLE XXXIII.A. states: Teachers shall receive pay for absence on account of abnormally severe weather conditions in the Buffalo Metropolitan Area when certified by the Principal or Division Head and approved by the Superintendent of Schools.

That means you should not lose sick or personal time NOR should you be docked pay. When you do report to school, submit an “Application for a Short-term Absence Leave From Regular Duty” form (personal leave form). Complete the top; check the box “with no absence charged, away on Board Business.”


Under the Reason for Request, describe your particular circumstances. For example, “There was a travel ban and drifts preventing me from getting out of my driveway,” or “I ran off the road within 100 feet of my house,” etc. Roads do not necessarily have to be closed or impassable. However, the weather has to be severe enough to prevent your safe passage to your Buffalo school assignment.

Schools being closed in your home district is NOT a valid reason for your absence from duty. Over the years there have been many grievances that have ended up in front of an impartial arbitrator. More than 500 teachers have had days restored to their accounts for snow day absences.

Severe weather conditions can also apply to flooding, high winds and other adverse situations that make travel to school unsafe. If you have any questions, call BTF before you submit your personal leave form. Please keep a copy of your completed form and send a copy to the BTF to the attention of your Labor Relations Specialist.

Q. When I send a student to the office for discipline, (s)he comes back to class with a note from the principal and I never find out what happened. What can I do?
A. ARTICLE XVIII of the Contract states: “Under the Policy on Pupil Behavior as it relates to marked deviation from good behavior, the teacher involved shall be consulted by the principal before the principal takes action thereunder and the principal shall inform the teacher of the action taken.” (p. 35)

Keep a record (ex. A copy of a discipline referral) of each time a student is sent to the office for discipline. Your Building Committee or you can advise the principal that (s)he must consult with you regarding actions taken to discipline students. The Contract further states: “If the teacher believes such action to be inappropriate, the matter may be referred for review through the first three steps of the grievance procedure.” (p. 35)

Q. Is it OK for my principal to limit teachers to one pack of paper per month?
A. No, not if that is not adequate for your needs. The contract says: “The Board shall provide adequate attendance books, paper, pencils, pens, chalk, erasers and other subject material required in daily teaching responsibilities.” (ARTICLE XI, p.20)