Spring 2022 Schedule Vote Trainings
In an effort to make schedule votes easier on delegates and other members, the CTU will hold trainings on the specifics of schedule and flex day votes. Each session covers the same material, but members are encouraged to return if they still find themselves with questions after attending one. These trainings will go through the process and field representatives will also be on hand to answer any specific questions you may have.
Forms & Resources2022-23 Schedule & Flex Vote Presentation (May 2022)
Resources for Elementary Schools
Resources for High Schools
Spring 2022 Schedule Votes
It is that time of the year when members have the opportunity to vote on their daily schedule and the distribution of flexible professional development days. This year, all schools will be required to conduct a schedule vote. Principals should discuss schedule and flex-day options with their PPC as soon as possible and determine what options they would like to present to the staff for a vote. Votes must be conducted by June 3, 2022.
For elementary schools, there are three main decisions:
- the selection of your daily schedule,
- how to use the two additional elementary school 15-minute preparation periods, and
- how to use the default flex-days (August 15, August 16, 2022 and June 9, 2022) or whether/how to redistribute one or more of these days.
Votes are between one alternative and the default.
For high schools, there are two main decisions:
- the selection of your daily schedule/ class periods, and
- how to use the flex-days (please see above) or, if you wish to redistribute one or more of them, which model to use. Votes are between one alternative and the default.
For both elementary and high schools, any change to a school’s start and end time would require approval from the Transportation Department, the Network Chief, and Safety and Security.
For both elementary and high school, if your principal wants to propose a contract waiver to use a unique schedule that is not one of the options in the guidance, a separate waiver vote must take place. Your principal should schedule a meeting, with 48-hour notice, for all members no later than June 1, 2022 to discuss the proposed waiver. A waiver vote is a YES/NO vote. If the waiver fails, the default schedule will apply.
Elementary schools would need to conduct a waiver vote if they are unable to provide coverage for the 15-minute morning prep twice a week.
In a schedule or flex day vote, only teacher members assigned to the school may vote. In a waiver vote, all CTU members in the building may vote since the contract affects all of us and waiving any part of it is a serious decision that all should be part of.
Running the Vote on Any Changes
If your PPC and principal are all in agreement about a schedule/flex proposal, you should begin to prepare the documents for an in-person, secret ballot vote. If you are conducting a waiver vote, make sure to send a copy of the ballot and waiver language to your field representative prior to the vote to ensure that your school is not inadvertently waiving important rights under the contract. Once you have determined the date and time of the election, be sure to provide at least 48 hours notice to members. Your notice should include a sample ballot and the proposed schedule. For the flex day ballot, the notice should include how the flex days will be redistributed and a calendar that illustrates the dates that will be flexed.
In Appendix D of the appropriate Schedule Guidance document are the “Schedule Voting Forms” that include the required notice, sample ballot, and certification documents to assist you with the voting process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your field representative with any questions about the process.