Maria Barroso, chairwoman of the Evanston / Skokie District 65 (DEC) Council of Educators, emailed union members on Thursday and Friday November 18-19, regarding the Thanksgiving week sick leave. .
Here is the text of the Thursday email (in bold as in the original):
Dear DEC members,
Next week we have two (2) working days and the bulletin window will open. In addition, cases of COVID are starting to increase. This, along with other issues, creates stress and damages our mental health. If you are going through a difficult time and are feeling overwhelmed, please take a sick day or two next week. You are human and need to take care of yourself.
There is a crisis of substitutes, but you have to be able to have a day to breathe. If you need to take a day or two off next week, you should schedule a sick day in AESOP soon (today). If you are considering it, please put it on because we also want to be family friendly. In giving advice, educators are professional and responsible, so that the administration is aware and can plan accordingly.
If there aren’t enough subscribers, the district will have to make a decision about next week. Just in case we have to go remote or have online learning days, teachers should have their Seesaw or Google Classroom up and running. Also, it would be a good idea to practice a zoom meeting with your students in case we need to work remotely due to a high number of COVID cases and quarantine warrants.
It’s a good thing to take a day off,
President of the DEC
A shorter email was sent on Friday. Here is the text of that message:
Dear DEC members,
If you plan to take days off next week, please do so as soon as possible, so the district can plan accordingly. DEC does not force you to take a day but asks you to put the days in very soon.