Extra-curricular Activities and Committees
The current “Return to School Plan – Together. Again.” outlines measures for low and high-risk scenarios. For the most part schools are currently working at the low-risk scenario. Under this scenario:
- Arts events, field trips, inter-school sports events, and other special activities can resume.
- In-school co-curricular activities can resume.
- School staff continue to be encouraged to take advantage of our outdoor environments, as conditions permit.
- Events and gatherings, such as assemblies, can resume for students in grades 7 to 12.
- Public Health continues to recommend virtual options be considered for K-6 students.
If schools move to high risk, the school district will communicate update information to individual schools, but it is anticipated that it will be similar to last year and the cancellation of all extra-curricular activities would occur.
Notwithstanding this, in the event these activities are to resume in the near future, the Association would remind members of the information found below.
As per Clauses 29.03, 29.06 and 29.08 of the Provincial Collective Agreement (Clauses 17.02, 17.05 and 17.07 of the Labrador West Collective Agreement), teachers’ participation in extra-curricular activities and committees, including school development teams, is voluntary:
29.03: It is agreed that extra-curricular activities are a desirable part of a well-rounded education. It is also agreed that the principal and staff of each school will determine the extra-curricular activities to be provided in their school. Notwithstanding this, a teacher’s participation in any extra-curricular activity requires that teacher’s consent.
29.08: A teacher’s participation on a school-based or board-based committee requires that teacher’s consent.
Teachers should be mindful, this year more than ever, of protecting their personal time and maintaining as reasonable a work/life balance as possible. Teacher volunteerism is always worthwhile and has a positive impact on school culture, but these are individual decisions based on personal circumstances. Having volunteered in the past does not obligate a teacher to continue in this capacity.
While in-school committees will likely resume, teachers are encouraged to continue with best COVID prevention practices such as social distancing, where possible, and wearing a mask.
This school year will likely continue to present issues, challenges, and demands for NLTA members. As professionals, teachers should consider what they can reasonably take on, prioritize, and feel comfortable exercising the discretion they have to set professional limits on voluntary activities for the 2021-22 school year.
Any member directed to participate in a voluntary activity should contact the Association for advice. NLTA members seeking advice/assistance on specific matters related to their individual circumstances should contact the Association via email@example.com.