Mar 24 Letter from President

Dear MEA Members,

As we enter the middle of the second week, we want to check in with the membership. To say these are unprecedented times would be a major understatement.

Teachers are carers and givers. We are proud of the efforts of our members to keep the learning going. We are used to leaning on our colleagues and the camaraderie, and we are used to the controlled chaos we call our classrooms or spaces. We are missing all those things, and missing our students, the reasons we do what we do. And they, are missing us and each other. I sent a message to my students and their families today, and somehow got over 200 message notifications as they talked to me and each other!

The MEA is proud of how our membership has stepped up, without a moments notice to keep on doing what we have always done…teach. Thank you for giving your time to your students, many of you have had to be creative with the challenge of teaching your own children at the same time. Others are making sure your loved ones are safe and taken care of. Your efforts and dedication to the students of Marlborough have not gone unnoticed!

We want to make sure you are also taking care of yourselves. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, please access the resources sent out by the Superintendent earlier this week. The mental and physical health of our membership during this time is important during this uncertain time. Please reach out to Building Reps or the MEA Leadership if you need help. All questions or concerns will be addressed, as they always have with total confidentiality.

As of now, there is no news about if or how long schools will be closed beyond April 7 or other DESE/state requirements. As soon as we know, you will know. The MEA has been in constant communication with Superintendent Bergeron and Assistant Superintendent Murphy.

Stay safe and well. And continue to do so.

Rupal, Eileen and the MEA EBoard

March 14 letter from our President regarding COVID-19

Dear MEA Members,

Marlborough Public Schools will be closed from March 16-27. There may be a need to extend the closing more than two weeks.

The MEA has been in regular communication with the Superintendent throughout the period up to the decision to close. We continued to make our members a priority in these unknown and uncertain times.

There will be a need for the MEA and the district to bargain over some repercussions of this unprecedented school closure and remote learning.

The last day of the 2019/2020 school year will now be June 23. We will not be expected to work beyond this date. We will receive our regular salaries as negotiated in the CBA for the 19/20 school year.

In the meantime, please follow all the guidelines distributed through Marlborough Public Schools. Please do not go to school if you are sick or have a fever. The district has formulated a plan for students to receive the work that the MEA members worked so diligently to prepare in the event of this event. The district will also be distributing breakfast and lunch to our students by keeping the bus routes running to deliver meals.

We are all in this together, and there is a need to be flexible and cooperate in the best interests of our colleagues and students. There are many uncertainties and never before situations arising from the need to stem the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to update you.

Stay healthy, safe and take care of yourselves and those around you.

Rupal

Rupal Patel
Marlborough Educators Association

Welcome!

Your 2019-20 MEA President is Rupal Patel.  Rupal teaches at Whitcomb School. Her email address is rupalmea@gmail.com

Eileen Barry is your 2019-20 Vice President.  Eileen teaches at Kane and can be contacted via her email address ebarry5305@verizon. net

If you need to be added to the MEA email distribution list please send a request to jessheymea@gmail.com

Seniority List January 2018

DESE Summary of June 2017 Board Regulation Changes
On June 27, 2017, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to approve regulation changes impacting educator licensure , program approval and license renewal.  Summary Document