Archives for September 2021
SOMEA would like to address a few issues or concerns that are arising at CHS:
Parking lots- Please park in your designated lot. Parking spots are a premium, so when we park in different lots, it affects the members who are designated for those spaces.
All members must have a parking sticker on their vehicles in the back corner on the driver’s side. If any member needs a new sticker, please see Ms. Holloway in the main office.
Cell phones – Be careful when using your personal cell phone to contact families. SOMEA discourages this method, because if an issue arises, the public at large might be able to OPRA all of your cell phone records. It is a good idea to create a Google Voice account which will provide you with a phone number.
E-mail – We have received complaints from members who have received many family and administration emails during weekends while we are trying to practice self-care.
You may want to consider using our school email feature which allows us to put up an “away” message on weekends and holiday breaks. Another feature allows you to schedule messages, which will allow you to check your email at nights and on weekends and respond to them, then set them to be sent at 8:00 AM the next working day.
These are simply suggestions to try to help everyone navigate this school year; we just wanted to let you know that we are trying our best to support you all.
Lynn M. Stradford, Ed.D. (She/Her)
SOMEA is the inclusive union that represents more than 750 South Orange-Maplewood Public School employees, including transportation & maintenance personnel, secretaries, IT specialists, athletic trainers, child study teams, social workers, counselors, librarians, nurses, and teachers.