COVID-19: Resource Page for VEA Members
March 13, 2020
March 13, 2020
As we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the VEA is fighting for your health, safety, and rights. This is our non-negotiable top priority.
At every level, VEA leaders are advocating tirelessly for a safe 2020-21 school year—and funding necessary for the modifications required to teach and learn while COVID-19 remains present. Just a few of many examples:
Every teacher and support professional I know wants to be back in school—but only when doing so does not risk worsening the pandemic or endangering themselves or others. We must take the time to do it right.
Union leaders and members are speaking out, demanding that:
There is no shortage of opinions about the 2020-21 school year. At the VEA, we are squarely focused on health and safety.
As I’ve been saying since March, we’re all in this together and, though we’ve never faced a crisis like COVID-19 before, we are adaptable professionals who will get through it together, too. Your Union stands with you.
James J. Fedderman
COVID-19 has left many educators and administrators nationwide operating under a rapid response system to make sure learning continuity plans are in place for students. Click below for a list of items for educators to think about in the case of a school closure.
We know you’re in a whole new world of communicating with your students, so here are some tips from VEA on how best to navigate the world of online instruction and communication.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 to the commonwealth’s public schools.
Click below to find useful articles, links, resources, and webinars to help you through this challenging environment, followed by some tips and answers to common questions.
We know this is a stressful time for our members and we also know our members—you’re going to be looking to reach out to others. We want to be here for you!
This webinar includes:
Our moderator is LaQueshia Jeffries, an elementary special educator who has presented to VEA’s Community of Practice. She’s the creator of the Teaching and Taking Care Facebook group for teachers and the Reframing ED podcast. You can learn more about her at laqueshiajeffries.com.
NEA Member Benefits wants you to know they’re here to support you during this difficult time.
Many NEAMB partners are offering special assistance to members in need who may have been affected by an involuntary layoff. Click below for a list of contact information for partners and details on specific assistance they have available.
Guidance and resources from NEA Today on COVID-19Click Here
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