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.

TEACHING CONDITIONS/SUPPLIES

Q. Must a teacher be supplied with a teacher’s edition of the textbook?
What else must be provided to them?
Can a principal deny the teacher on the basis that there are no funds available?
A. Yes. Many other items must be supplied (ex. adequate supplies, lockable desk, etc.). Article XI. B, p.20.
No. The contract makes no exceptions regardless of whether the school has expended its supply allocation.

Q. When a school has a faculty of more than 50 full-time teachers, how many copy machines must be available to teachers?
A. Three, with one being a high volume machine. Article XI. B (2), p.21.

 

PERSONAL TIME

Q. How many Personal Days am I entitled to during a school year?
A. All full-time BTF Unit members are granted 5 Personal Days per year.  These days are credited prior to the beginning of the school year.

Q. How do I apply for a Personal Day/s?
A. The Board uses a form entitled “Application for a Short-Term Absence/Leave From Regular duty” for the application.  Complete this form to qualify for a personal day and submit it to your payroll school.

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SICK TIME AND YOU

Q. How many sick days am I granted each year?
A. Contract and probationary teachers are granted 12 days per school year.  These are credited prior to the beginning of the school year.

Q. How many sick days are granted to temporary teachers?
A. Temporary teachers begin a school year with 2 days.  They then accrue one day each month for a total of 12 for the school year.

Q. Can these days be used for illness in my family?
A. Yes.  Sick time for illness in the immediate family is allowed for up to ten days per year.

Q. What is the "immediate family?"
A. The immediate family includes a parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, husband, wife, parent of husband or wife or any relative permanently residing in your personal household

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TRANSFER REQUEST DEADLINE IS MARCH 23

Q. How can I get a transfer to a different school?
A. As per Article XIV of the Contract (p. 30-31), a teacher can apply for a voluntary transfer for the next school year by writing a letter to the Director of Human Resources by March 23.

Q. Who is that?
A. Jamie Warren, 720 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202
Note: You might want to consider sending important documents such as this in the “regular” mail. Do not use the pony.

Q. What should I write?
A. We advise that you identify what and where you teach and then request a transfer to another school.· Ask to be advised of all available openings for which you are eligible. Sample letters are available on the BTF website, www.btfny.org under BTF Forms.

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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.”

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