MONTCLAIR EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
The Montclair Schooling Affiliation (MEA) reviewed the certification submitted by the Montclair
College District on March 5, 2021. Upon assessment of the paperwork, the affiliation maintains the
place that scholar, household, and member security are of the utmost significance.
The requests by the affiliation have been quite simple and based mostly upon the assurances the district
offered. Previous to a return to in-individual instruction, the district promised the MEA a report from
EI following constructing remediations, collaboration on a sound academic plan, and superintendent
informational conferences with every constructing. The follow-by on this stuff would have gone a
good distance in constructing belief and demonstrating a want for genuine collaboration. Sadly,
none of this stuff occurred.
Based mostly on the district’s certification, we now know that EI didn’t return to Montclair earlier than the
scheduled January return date, therefore making documentation an impossibility. The certification additionally
demonstrates that academic plans, security protocols, and member questions weren’t addressed
previous to the scheduled reopening in January. We’re not assuming the failure to observe by on
these assurances was nefarious on the a part of the district. In spite of everything, it isn’t now nor has it
ever been our aim to vilify or to be vilified. Relatively we consider it’s extra integral to at all times
function in fact.
The MEA’s return to in-individual instruction was at all times predicated on protected buildings and sound
academic plans. Accusations of the affiliation delaying a reopening in an effort to stall for
vaccines is merely false. We do encourage our members to be vaccinated now that educators are
eligible; nevertheless, that was by no means a premise in our discussions with the district.
The MEA shouldn’t be in a “battle” with any individual or entity. In actual fact, that sort of rhetoric poisons the
public and brings us farther from restoration. We have been upset with the district’s resolution to
file a lawsuit and nonetheless consider, if the district was keen to confess the remediations have been by no means
accomplished, we might have labored collaboratively to resolve the problems and make the faculties protected.
It is just because of the MEA standing firmly on its want to make sure protected buildings that the district
lastly introduced in EI in March to revisit the areas and supply protocol and course of data
to the affiliation.
Albeit litigation was not our selection, it was definitely worth the problem to guarantee our college students’ and
workers’s security. It additionally offered validation for our members, who have been persistently calling
consideration to the district’s lack of transparency and motion. We stand by our convictions and can
proceed to help and advocate for our college students, households, and members shifting ahead.
The MEA is an inclusive union representing greater than 1,000 educators employed by the Montclair
Board of Schooling, together with academics, paraprofessionals, custodians, safety workers, nurses,
buildings, and grounds workers and technical personnel.
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