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Commencing in the 2018-19 academic year, all teachers in the bargaining unit shall be permitted to use the personal days provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement at Article XIV(D), without stating a reason for the leave (“No Tell Day”).  Requests to use No-Tell Personal Days must meet the following parameters:


All requests to use a No-Tell Personal Day must be made as far in advance as possible and, except for emergency, shall be made at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the leave. No-Tell Personal Days may not be used during the following blackout periods:


  • The first two weeks of the academic calendar and the last two weeks of the academic calendar

  • The day prior to or immediately following a holiday or school vacation

  • On a designated Professional Development Day.

Use of more than one no-tell personal day during the period commencing May 1st of each year will not be permitted


No-Tell Personal Days will not be approved for use on consecutive days, absent exceptional circumstances and upon the express approval of the Superintendent or his designee.

This language is pursuant to the updated Block Scheduling Agreement Memorandum of Understanding of 2021. See Below:


Duty Free Lunch: Every teacher must have a 30 continuous minutes for a  duty free lunch every day. This is the law it Connecticut.  There are no exceptions to this.

Meetings: Scheduled meetings should rarely or never take place during prep time.  If a meeting is scheduled during a prep AND it causes you to fall below the minimum prep minutes for the week, you are entitled to compensation for the loss of a prep: $35 for a regular 40 minute period.  If you are being asked to continually give up your preps, please reach out to your building representative.

Loss of a Prep Time: If a teacher loses a prep time or lunch time, and if a make-up time is not provided in a reasonable amount of time, they should get financial reimbursement according to the contract.  See above.

See above.

Sick Days: Teachers are required to log in their absence in Aesop/Frontline. Teachers are not required to call or email their school.  5 sick days may be used for the care of a family member.

Lesson Plans: Lesson plan templates provided by the District are a SUGGESTED format.  Teachers can use if they so CHOOSE. Lesson plans can be completed digitally or in hand written form.  Lesson plan should be available upon request for the current day of instruction.  As all good teachers understand that lesson plans should be fluid and ever changing to respond to the previous day's lesson, lesson plans do not need to be provided to administration in advance of the lesson unless connected to a formal observation.  

Lesson Plan Components for Most Lessons:

  • Common core Standard 

  • Learning Objectives or Learning Target: What will students be expected to learn?  Students will be able to...

  • Instructional Strategies / Teacher Actions

  • Differentiation,Instructional Extensions,  Instructional Support Groups if applicable to lesson

  • Student Actions/Work

  • Assessment, Feedback to Learners

Grievances: If you feel that an item in the contract is not being adhered to, please complete the “I think I have a grievance” form.   

Complete and send it to Eric Savoyski at  Our grievance committee will review it and let you know of the next steps 

Representation at Meetings: The labor law in Connecticut, called the Weingarten rule, allows for representation in meetings if a teacher perceives, correctly or incorrectly, that the discussion could be or could turn disciplinary.  The teacher has the right to ask for union representation before, or during the meeting.  The meeting can also be ended until representation can be found.  Please visit our Know Your Rights page for more information.

Videotaping: If someone wants to video tape you, you have the right to say NO. There should be no penalty if you do not wish to be videotaped.  If you feel that you are being pressured to do this, inform your building representative.

Security Cameras in the Classrooms:  Not permitted in teaching areas. - Only permitted in common school building areas such as hallways, cafeterias, and school entry and exit areas.

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