- Jun 29, 2017
Update #2I'm motivated by starting to feel more like myself.
I'm beginning to feel more normal for the first time since the end of May. Mouth pain is lessening. No side effects from antibiotics or thrush medication. (I'm monitoring my mouth closely for a reoccurrence.) No GERD symptoms...nausea...coughing...burning...throat pain...loss of voice...at one point, the acid coming up from my stomach was so bad, I had no voice at all for 5 days. I can eat more normally, but I know that I won't be eating a steak for a long time lol.
I got a very negative email from HR this morning basically stating that they can't help me. Wow. Thanks. So I forwarded the very unhelpful email to my principal and detailed my needs based on my severe asthma condition...how I would not only need to stay 6+ feet away from students and colleagues, but would need to wear a mask and take frequent mask breaks. I don't even have time to take a bathroom break. Where and how would I take mask breaks? Anyway, since the majority of my job involves close contact with students, my doctor prefers I do remote teaching from home. I'm hoping that she will have answers for me since HR has dropped the ball. My union is concentrating more on protesting than advocating for individual teachers at the moment, which I understand.
Praying for a miracle.
Update: My principal really disappointed me with an answer that the superintendent instructed her to give..."Follow up with HR and copy the union on correspondence." So, no help whatsoever. That tells me that the reopening negotiations have not gone in my favor. It appears they are not providing the opportunity for teachers with underlying conditions to teach from home. It looks like my only option is FMLA, and that can be denied so...I emailed my union again, detailed everything, and we will see. I very well may end up hiding at my desk all year with a partition around it while I tell the little ones to "stay in your seat; put on your mask; don't hug your friend; sit down now."
Oh. My. God.
I spoke with a colleague who is in the same position as me. She got nowhere with HR and actually contacted a friend in the private sector who is an HR director and got a lot of info. ADA applies in my case because of Covid. It will force the school system to accommodate my needs.
The superintendent doesn't trust teachers to teach from home. So, if I teach remotely, I will have to do it in a school building somewhere in a less safe area of the city. There's no guaranteeing my position if I teach remotely this year. I have worked very hard for this position in this new building with these awesome administrators and faculty. I could easily end up in a much less savory position.
If I teach in my classroom with accommodations, at least I have my things, my own bathroom, etc. I'm already considering buying plexiglass shields for my desk. I already have face shields. I wouldn't be risking my job. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for going back now.
Whatever I do, I have to be very careful that I don't do something that ruins my remaining 7 years of teaching.