Are teachers in Cumberland County working an additional day without pay? That is a question school board member Tony Brock brought up to the board at their meeting last night.
The question centers around mandatory online courses that teachers must take. The courses are required by state and federal entities and the county school system has no choice in the matter. The courses and estimated time of completing the course include:
Tennessee Educators Ethics Law (90 minutes)
Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting (25 minutes)
Bedbugs in schools (12 minutes)
Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Prevention (19 minutes)
Exposure Control Plan (15 minutes)
Hazard Communication Plan (26 minutes)
HIV/AIDS Awareness (6 minutes)
Human Trafficking Awareness (60 minutes)
Paperless Pay Stubs – Setting Up Your Account (10 minutes)
Sexual Harassment: Staff to Staff (15 minutes)
Students Experiencing Homelessness: Awareness and Understanding (26 minutes)
Title IX and Gender Equity in Athletics (43 minutes)
Title VI overview (33 minutes)
Understanding Dyslexia: Guide for Teachers (15 minutes)
Currently there is no time set aside during a teachers regular day to take and complete the online required course.
Brock used a spin-off of a famous line that Johnny Cochran used in the O.J. Simpson trial.
“If you mandate, you must compensate,” said Brock to the board.
Other school systems in the area are using in-service days for teachers to complete the courses.
Brock suggested if the teachers could finish the courses by Christmas break, there is an administrative day the Friday before students return to class from the break that teachers could have off if they are finished with the courses.
School board member Jim Inman said he would be in favor of the proposal this year but it needed to be part of an in-service day next school year,
Brock plans to place his recommendation on the agenda for a vote in the October 2019 meeting.