Two, the BEX Oversight Committee meeting tomorrow morning has been moved to Chief Sealth High School (likely because they will be doing a Denny walk-thru) at 8:30 am.
Three, I'll be doing a thread on the Executive Committee meeting yesterday but there was mention of the furlough day for SPS staff coming up on August 31st. Here's the letter that was sent out:
"On that day [August 31], all SEA and PASS represented staff as well as all non-represented staff will be furloughed and prohibited from working. I need to stress this IS NOT OPTIONAL.
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act states that if you are a non-exempt employee (which is how all employees are defined during a furlough week regardless of position), you must be compensated for ALL hours worked during that week. Having to compensate someone for working on a furlough day runs counter to the reason that the District is implementing furlough.
As a result, ANY employee who works on a furlough day may be subject to disciplinary action. This includes working from home, going in on your own time, emailing,making phone calls, etc. We appreciate that everyone is gearing up for the start of the school year, and we know that many of you are asking to voluntarily work that day.
Again, because we would be federally mandated to pay you, working on a furlough day is considered insubordination."
This was explained at the meeting but I thought it was only about not showing up at your job site. I'm not sure how the feds would know if you were working at home but apparently, it's quite serious.
The furlough only applies to employees represented by SEA and PASS as well as all non-represented staff. This is kind of interesting because it leaves out some of the other represented employee groups. Will they be locked out of the buildings? I'm not sure how that will work.
The district's press release explains that the furloughs will occur in both this school year and next year as well. From the press release:
Non-represented staff will be taking either two or four days of furlough – depending on their employment level – including the August 31 date.