Congratulations to the following WOEA members who were elected by delegates at the WOEA Virtual Representative Assembly in April. They will begin serving on the WOEA Board of Directors in August.
OFFICERS (serve a two-year term)
Secretary: Brenda Abels (Huber Heights E.A.)
Treasurer:Mindy Campbell (Bethel E.A.)
AREA REPRESENTATIVES (serve a three-year term)
Area 1: Annette Johnson (Sidney E.A.)
Area 3: Chaunta Bennett (Trotwood-Madison E.A.)
Area 5: Tyler Hensley (Centerville C.T.A.)
Below are two documents from the Department of Labor on the leave available under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), an expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This leave is specifically related to COVID-19 and its impact on families. Click on the documents and print a full-size poster.
We, WOEA Executive Board Members, stand in solidarity with our over 10,000 members, health care workers, essential personnel, community and community leaders across the western region of the state of Ohio, Ohio, the nation and the world. We have a responsibility to support our students and educators in this unprecedented time that we have faced so far in 2020 as well as what lies ahead. The challenges are numerous and on every forefront from health to social and racial justice.
Our world has changed dramatically, we are coping with the ravishes of COVID-19, the devastation of racism brought to light with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, as well as the process of re-opening of schools and educational institutions. We represent and advocate for many Ohio educators who are in the highest-risk group for severe complications from COVID-19. These educators should not have to choose between their livelihood and their health. We believe science should drive decision-making on safely reopening schools and that educators must have a voice in the decisions being made.
We want to make it explicitly clear that we are against racism and inequality in any form. We are so incredibly proud of our members who in the recent weeks and months have peacefully protested the injustices of racism. We encourage our members take inventory of their feelings and encourage them to continue to amazing work that they do with diverse students, staff and parents. We will continue to fight racism together and bring about lasting change. To end racism, we must combat it everywhere it lives and thrives. We must confront it in ourselves, in our communities, and in our nation. No one person can do it all or do it alone, but we can all do things to help, and in doing so, work collectively to end racism. We owe it to each other to fight for an equal and just society for all.
We support voter registration, communication with local and state government officials and institutions about how they can help end racism in the communities they represent, and advocate for Affirmative Action practices in education and employment. We support the safe re-opening of school and the enforcement of policies and practices that will allow this. What's important is that we all do something. We pledge our continued support and resources to aid in the fight for equity and well-being for all. We stand with each of you in solidarity.
From the WOEA Executive Board of Directors...
The Yellow Springs Education Association submitted a statement letter to the Yellow Springs Board of Education and Superintendent on July 14th, 2020. Our statement, included below, communicates a unified position on the reopening of schools for the academic year 2020-2021.
Given the enormous impact this pandemic has had on our region, state, nation and global world; we are hoping to serve as leaders. YSEA is advocating for the lowest possible risk, for educators, students, families, and our community. This means a 100% virtual approach to learning when we return in the fall. We feel strongly about the health and safety of our school community and are willing to collectively address the impacts of this decision, together.
As our Yellow Springs community continues conversations, we members intend to lean-in, asking difficult questions engaging in every effort to collaboratively design a sustainable and supportive model for our school community.
We hope that this communication may be used as a support for other locals who may be grappling with points of advocacy in these trying times. Our communication recognizes the tremendous impact this is having on school leaders, and our collective empathy can be utilized as a model for labor-relations in other locals. We know we must get this right.
Please share this communication in any way that WOEA believes will help assist other local leaders in this tremendous fight for educator and student safety.
Yours in Education,
Kate Lohmeyer and Sarah Amin
Co-Presidents, Yellow Springs EA