Clinician-specific workplace issues
Clinician Work Space
Clinicians have a contractual right to adequate work space, which means adequate therapeutic space for children.
Clinicians shall be provided with appropriate work space to include a desk, chair and testing tables; a computer; a locking file cabinet with a key; direct access to working copiers, printers and telephones for follow up calls; testing environments that are heated and well ventilated; and necessary supplies, including file folders, paper clips and envelopes to store professional protocols. The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services shall inform principals annually at the beginning of the year about clinician work space needs in writing. A copy of this written transmission shall be submitted to the CityWide Professional Problems Committee at the first meeting. Work space allocated to clinicians shall provide appropriate privacy for the administration of tests (in accordance with CPS-allocated test requirements and state and national standards) and confidential discussions and shall be as free from noise and interruption as the educational program and the school facility permits. The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services shall conduct a survey to be distributed to clinicians before the end of September each school year to ascertain whether the work space conditions are adequate as defined in this article. A process to remediate the situation shall be determined by the Clinician Professional Problems Committee with the Office of Labor Relations and the administrators of Office of Diverse Learners Services and Supports
All clinicians get one prep a day.
Each clinician’s school day shall include sixty minutes of continuous duty-free preparation time. Four days each week the clinician’s preparation time shall be self-directed; one day each week this period shall be directed by the principal or the clinician manager, as appropriate.
Additional Hiring for 2018-19
Due to the dogged organizing work of clinicians, special education advocates, parents, and other educators, CPS announced last spring that they were hiring 262 social workers and case managers. This was an amazing win, but as predicted, the reality falls far short of CPS’ promises. In fact, it’s in danger of being one of those “feel good” press releases from Rahm and Janice Jackson that are never fulfilled.
This – the opening month of school – is an important moment for us to keep the public pressure turned on high by bringing our staffing issues directly to the (unelected) Board of Education. It has proven to be very powerful for clinicians to testify on this topic telling the story from the trenches.
Are you able to testify this Wednesday? The Board meets on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and sign-up to speak is on Monday, Sept 24 at 10:30 a.m. Sign up is at the Board of Ed’s website. CTU Organizing staff is also able to help sign up speakers. If you are able to speak, please contact Norine Gutekanst.
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