Members should know their contractual rights, especially during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The following guidance is provided as a member resource and should not be considered exhaustive. Members with additional questions or concerns should contact their HSTA leaders on campus or their UniServ Director.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association was successful in persuading the Hawaii State Department of Education to allow for options for teachers to request telework beyond July 28.
On July 24, the HIDOE announced that its telework program, which was initially launched in June for 12-month employees, would be extended through school year 2020–21 for any employee who may qualify.
Teleworking makes sense when many communities across the state are facing widespread community spread. The HSTA believes there is a strong argument for principals to approve teachers teleworking to reduce the number of individuals on campus.
We strongly recommend that you consider applying for telework, especially if you are concerned about reducing your exposure to others during this time of increasing spread of COVID-19.
View the memo for telework and related documents here. Please review both the memo and guidelines thoroughly.
The following should be kept in mind when applying:
Please note that this telework process is completely different and separate from employees who are requesting telework as part of an ADA accommodation due to a medical disability. Teachers who need telework for ADA accommodations reasons should pursue an ADA request and not utilize the telework request process. Click here for more information on requesting ADA.
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