Dear GEA members,
Since the announcement Friday afternoon that Utah’s schools would be on a two week dismissal, and Saturday’s news that Hunter High would be closed for two weeks, we have received many questions from members wondering exactly how all of this will work. I want to assure you that GEA is communicating your concerns and questions to Granite district administration. We are working closely with legal counsel and district administration to protect teacher contract rights and health.
The GEA office will be open for our normal hours this week. This is an evolving situation, so there will be many questions as it unfolds. Let’s all go to work Monday and ask our building principals all of the logistical questions. Utilize suggestions from the Utah Health Department; if you are called to a faculty meeting, sit six feet from one another or ask for a space that allows you to do so, and of course wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. For Hunter High employees, HR has clarified that during the formal closing you will remain on paid administrative leave, therefore, you will be paid as per your contract without worry about accumulated sick leave.
As issues come up that are difficult to resolve at the building level, GEA is here as always. You will be able to communicate with us through all the usual channels. Continue to let us know your specific concerns. We will continue to be in close conversation with the district. I am confident that we can get through this if we all work together.