COVID update 3 School closures and tele-townhall prep

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Dear MAPE Members,

The COVID-19 situation is evolving, and our workforce and union is adapting with a strategic and thorough response. Latest developments and resources include:

  • This morning Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-02 which closes public K-12 schools from March 18 - 27. This mandatory closure will give educators an opportunity to plan for a more extended closure if needed, ensuring students can continue schooling in a distance learning environment. Walz’s order ensures student safety while maintaining access to food and mental health services. It also includes instructions for schools to continue providing supervision for students under 12 years old whose parents are on the front lines of responding to COVID-19.
  • We continue to work with the administration on additional guidance on use of sick time in the case of school closure, administrative leave for all COVID-19 related absences and increased use of teleworking.

We are planning a tele-townhalls for all MAPE members later this week. Stay tuned for more details. We’ll be providing updates there on our conversations with Minnesota Management and Budget and the Administration.

We recommend you monitor the state’s BeReadyMN website. It has several updates today, including clarification on use of telework when dependents are present:

“Employees who are authorized to telework, including ad-hoc telework, may do so even if their dependents are present in the remote work location, with supervisor approval, so long as the employee is actually conducting their job duties and actually working their normal work schedule or flexing their time as approved by their supervisor. State leaders are working on options for those who can’t currently telework”

We are so proud of the work you do and proud to support you in that work. Please remember in the coming days, the most important things you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 are wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick and practice social distancing. Take care and be safe.

Sincerely,
Lina Jamoul
MAPE Executive Director

 

You can find previous COVID communications from us here.