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In order to ensure all members have access to the most current communication, I have created this page on the website! If you have not received these emails, it means you are not in our database and you need to email sceotnews@gmail.com with a NON-BOARD email address for communication purposes!  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT Member,           March 4, 2019

Please see the ON CALL March 2019 with pertinent information for you!
Also, see the WONDER PARK MOVIE March 23, 2019 Poster, open for SCEOT members to attend.
Lastly, please see the OTIP Retirement Workshop March 2019 poster.
Wishing you all a wonderful week and a restful and relaxing March Break next week!
Yours in Education,

Hello SCEOT Members!

Please see the PL Newsletter February (1) 2019  with upcoming PD opportunities.
Also, join us for our International Women’s Day Dinner.  IWD 2019 DINNER # (1)There is no cost for SCEOT members, as the local will be covering the costs! It’s a wonderful evening and we hope to see you there! Please see the attached poster for more information. Registration Deadline is TODAY:   https://scetf.org/committees/status-of-women/iwd-dinner/
Lastly, please see the poster for the next MOVIE NIGHT! WONDER PARK MOVIE March 23, 2019 For all SCEOT, SCETF and DECE members to attend.  Here is a link to register for the March 23rd Family Movie Day: https://scetf.org/committees/public-relations/family-movie/
Have a great day!

Hello SCEOT Member,                        February 13, 2019

Please see the ON CALL February 2019 with lots of exciting information and the OTIP Retirement poster: Retirement Workshop March 2019.
Have a great day!
Yours in Education,

Hello SCEOT Member,                            January 24, 2019

Please see the ON CALL January 2019.
Also, please see (and hopefully attend) the information on the No Cuts for Education Rally, February 7th. NO CUTS Rally Poster (1)
Lastly, the DECEs have extended an invite to SCEOT members who wish to attend the Smart Moves Play Place on February 16, please see the poster for more information. Smart Moves Winter Family Social 2019
Have a great day.

Hello SCEOT Member,                       January 8, 2019

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

I have a few updates for you that require timely responses so I wanted to be sure to send them right away. A January ON CALL newsletter will follow with additional information and updates.

There are two new Board memo’s out that may be of interest to you. I have attached them here, and they are also available on the SCDSB staff website. Remember, it is your responsibility to be aware of the memo’s sent out by your employer (SCDSB).

NTIP PD opportunities for LTO members (LTO of 97+ days or longer) involved in NTIP this year, please read Numbered Memo (NM) 94, 094 NTIP NM Professional Learning, and be sure to utilize your allocated release time.

SCEOT Occasional Teacher PAID PD opportunities offered to members January 25th. There are a series of professional learning opportunities for OTs to access and participate in as your one day of paid PD for the 2018-2019 school year (if you have not already accessed your one day of paid pd this school year). Sign up using the SCDSB staff registration tool and be sure to read the entire 098 Simcoe County Elementary Occasional Teachers Professional Learning memo to ensure you are registered and signed in, in order to be paid properly.

SCETF/SCEOT and the SCDECEs are partnering for the Women In Action Conference again this year. February 8-10, 2019 at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Centre!  It’s a great opportunity to network with colleagues and has a focus on active involvement and leadership of ETFO’s women members. Please see the WOMEN IN ACTION 2019 poster for more information.

ETFO has another program opportunity, The Conscious Classrooms Responding to Gender-Based Violence program is for ETFO members who self-identify as women. This two-day training will be held on February 11-12, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, 105 King Street East, Kitchener.  It is intended to increase critical knowledge about Gender-Based Violence, equip teachers and DECEs with strategies to support students who have witnessed violence and create a space for knowledge sharing.  Please see your email for the poster, as it is too large to upload here.

A reminder to check your pay stubs and the validation of your assignments in ATE (information was sent last month and can be found at sceot.org and scdsb.on.castaff website under ATE Easy Connect).

Lastly, a reminder that requested jobs entered after 7am on the day of the absence (assignment), will go directly to the job board and may not call the requested person first.

Wishing you all a wonderful first week back and stay tuned for more information in this month’s newsletter!

Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT Member,                                       December 10, 2018

Please see the ON CALL December 2018 and the updated ATE FAQ Revised December 2018. Wishing you all a safe and happy Holiday Season and an amazing New Year!

Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT Member,                     November 14, 2018

Please see the ON CALL November 2018 with a bunch of information with time-sensitive information.
Also, please see:
Thanks and have a great day!

Hello SCEOT Member,                                          November 5, 2018

Please see the PL Newsletter November 2018 for upcoming opportunities for you to attend! Have a great week!


Hello SCEOT Member,

  1. SCDSB has released a document outlining examples of equity and inclusion embedded in various curriculum documents. Please see this Connection to Curriculum SCDSB 2018 document for more information.
  1. The following message was sent to members who receive ETFO emails, if you don’t currently receive these emails, go to etfo.ca and register today!
Dear Members,

The government consultations on Ontario’s education system are now underway and very shortly, the online survey and telephone town halls will be rolled out. These consultations will have a significant impact not only on our students and our classrooms but also on you as an educator.

Your voice as an educator in this province is vital to this consultation process. Please ensure that you participate.

The consultations so far have ignored the very real need for adequate funding and school repairs, among other key issues. For this reason, they are an important opportunity for you as an educator, a voter, a resident and even as a parent in Ontario to put forward thoughts on how to make further improvements. Keep in mind, however, that Ontario’s public education system is known internationally for working exceptionally well and that the government has a political agenda with this process.

ETFO has prepared some information about each of the areas the government is consulting on, which is posted at BuildingBetterSchools.ca/consultation.

Right now, the consultations are open for written submissions and the government has created a webpage with information for the public. This page tells you what areas have been opened for consultation. ETFO will keep you updated on the consultation and online submissions, along with upcoming town halls throughBuildingBetterSchools.ca/consultation.

This is a public consultation and your voice matters. Your participation is key to representing the views of educators, but it is equally important to encourage friends, family members and parents who can also make a difference. Please share these resources and information with others.

Let’s make sure the government hears from those who are dedicated to maintaining and growing Ontario’s public education system.

Make a submission and Share it with Us

Email your recommendations to: fortheparents@ontario.ca, please include [consultations@etfo.org] in the cc field to keep us informed of your views. Alternatively, you can fill out an online form atwww.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents.

Keep an eye on your email and buildingbetterschools.ca/consultationin the coming weeks. We will continue to share developments and further opportunities to make your voice heard.

Sincerely, Sam Hammond
  1. Another great opportunity you may wish to take advantage of:


October 23 – December 4

A free Massive Open Online Course


The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia will once again offer the Massive Open Online Course: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education starting October 23rd.

This free six week course supports professional and personal learning for advancing Indigenous priorities and reconciliation in community, education, and work contexts. It runs asynchronously, which means you view materials and engage in the course at your own pace.


This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.

For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people’s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this Massive Open Online Course.

For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.

  1. SCETF has offered SCEOT members to join them at a couple of great upcoming opportunities:  a)Indian Horse is an amazing opportunity for you to attend at no cost! Register using the link below or see here INDIAN HORSE MOVIE October 25 2018 for more information. Indian Horse is playing Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 8:00 P.M. at Galaxy Cinemas – 72 Commerce Park Dr., Barrie


b)Adrienne Gear Workshop – Powerful Understanding – Grade 1 to 8

Thursday October 25th, 2018 – 4:45 to 8 pm at the SCETF office (351 King Street, Barrie, ON) Please see here POWER UNDERSTANDING – UPDATED (1) for more info (SCEOT members are only eligible to attend the evening session).

Please register using the link below:



Hello SCEOT Member,                       October 11, 2018

Please see the Board Memo 054 SCEOT Occasional Teachers Professional Learning  on Paid PD for Occasional teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration for the October 22nd PD day is now available on the board staff website (Login, click Board (top, right hand side) – click Staff Development ( left side) – click Registration (left side) – Click here for new session listings (on main page) – register at the school of your choice (found on the last 4 pages of the list of session). Registration for future PD sessions will be posted closer to the date.

Also, please note the March PD has been changed from Health and Safety to Math as per Ministry directive. The H and S half day PD will now be offered May 3rd, 2019.

Municipal and School Trustee Elections are occurring October 22nd (with some areas having online voting or advanced voting available). For more information on the candidates running in your area for Simcoe County school trustee, please see https://scetf.org/committees/political-action/municipal-elections/.

Be sure to get out and vote!


A reminder to LTOs in their first LTO of 97 days or more, you are eligible to participate in NTIP. Orientation dates and information are available in Numbered Memo 32 on the board website and you are paid for attending the orientation (as it is mandatory) and lunch will be provided as well. You will also have a mentor as well as the opportunity to attend professional learning days. Two additional memos will be out in the near future with more information on both mentoring and professional learning opportunities. Please speak to your admin if you are eligible for NTIP this year.

Please read the below email from Human Resources with important information on category changes.


For teachers that qualify for or will qualify for a change in category based on additional qualifications or an updated QECO Rating Statement, please ensure the following guidelines are met:

    1. Go online to the staff website, under “Human Resources” and complete the online Intent to Change Salary Category form, indicating the date that the course was completed (or will be completed). This must be submitted by November 30, 2018.
  1. Submit an updated copy of QECO Rating Statement. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that this form is submitted to Human Resources by June 30, 2019.

The effective date of the category change will depend upon completion and submission dates of the final course work required for the salary upgrade. (HR may request confirmation as to when the final course work was submitted and received by the course instructor in order to determine the correct effective date for the salary change).

  • Final course work completed by August 31, 2018 – Salary change effective September 1, 2018 (pending “Intent to Change Salary Category” form is on file in HR by Nov. 30/18 and an updated QECO rating statement is rec’d in HR by June 30/19).  If the “Intent to Change Salary Category” form is submitted after November 30th but before June 30/19, then the adjustment will be made effective January 1st of that school year.
  • Final course work completed by December 31, 2018 – Salary change effective January 1, 2019 (pending “Intent to Change Salary Category” form is on file and an updated QECO rating statement is rec’d in HR by June 30/19). 
  • Any course work completed after December 31, 2018 – Salary change effective September 1, 2019 (pending “intent to Change Salary Category” form is on file by Nov. 30/19 and an updated QECO statement is rec’d in HR by June 30/20).

Once received, updated QECO Rating Statements can be emailed to the appropriate contact in Human Resources:

For additional information, please refer to the relevant Collective Agreement:

ETFO Occasional – Article 13


Funding for AQ/ABQ subsidies provided to OTF through the Ministry of Education is now coming to an end.

For Technology and Kindergarten AQs:
OTF will continue to process requests for subsidies that are received no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018, subject to availability of funds.

For Math AQs and ABQs:
OTF will continue to process requests for subsidies that are received no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, subject to availability of funds.

As always, applications received will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Note that information received MUST be complete in order for your application to be processed. Any incomplete applications will not be considered.

All other eligibility requirements remain in place.

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT Member,                       October 4, 2018

Please see the ON CALL October 2018 with information you need to know.

My apologies, I did not link the poster for the Ounce of Prevention workshop or the New ETFO Mental Health Resource. Please see the following flyers:  FlyerMentalHealthAssist      Ounce of Prevention  or visit the link below.

Also, please see the What is ETFO’s Professional Relations Services about what the ETFO PRS staff can do for you!

For those of you in LTOs, Progress Reports are in your future and we want to remind you to use your professional judgement when completing report cards. The following links, from ETFO, may be of assistance.

For completing the Progress Report for Grades 1 – 8 and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations.

Grades 1 to 8


As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office!


Hello SCEOT Member,                                October 2, 2018

Please see the PL Newsletter October 2018 .

Also, please read the email below from your Health and Safety  Chair.


My name is Miriam Schembri and I am your new Health & Safety Officer.

I have some pretty big shoes to fill, taking over from Mike Shillolo, but I’m looking forward to learning about my role as your H&S rep and understanding the many aspects of this important area, in which we, as teachers, need to be kept informed.

Your questions will help me to learn.  And since learning is our thing, please ask!

Here are some exemplars:

    1. Hey Miriam, why is it so difficult to find the link to AIRs (aggressive incident reporting forms) on the Board website?                                                                                                                                      Excellent question!  You’ll be happy to know that the Aggressive Incident Report link can now be found on the Board Home page after you sign into the staff site.  It’s under “USEFUL LINKS.”  No more having to click on five (5!) different links to finally get to it.
  1. Yo, Miriam, I feel a little overwhelmed when I’m asked to review a school’s safety plans. What is my responsibility with regard to them?                                                                                                  Another excellent question that speaks to what many of our members are curious about.  You are responsible to read the plans for the students that will be in the class/es in which you will be assigned that day. You are NOT required to review all the safety plans in the office binder.

I will be posting more information about safety plans in the near future.  There are some grey areas that I feel are still unclear with regard to them.

The Board is in the process of creating new safety plan binders for all the schools.  I will be requesting that they be arranged by teacher name alphabetically, and that copies of the safety plans accompany the teacher’s dayplan so that you can have access to them throughout the day (in case you must refer to them).

We teachers are creative and resourceful, so I’d love your help!  If you would like to offer a suggestion or have a comment/question about safety plans (or other health and safety issues) please email me, healthandsafety@sceot.org

Together we can create a work environment in which we all feel safer and more secure.  I look forward to hearing from you and informing you about all matters of H&S that concern us as OTs

Yours in solidarity,

Miriam Schembri


Hello SCEOT Member,                    September 13, 2018

Please see the ON CALL September 2018.
Also, please read through thoroughly:
*** You were emailed a letter from President Sam Hammond. If you did not receive it, please contact the office.
Have a great day!
Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT Member!                            Sept. 6, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Please see the first PL Newsletter Sept18 from your PL chair, Elena. Please take some time to see the amazing resources we are offering this year!

A reminder that the SCEOT General Meeting will be held on Tuesday October 16th at 5:00pm at our office at 1110 Hwy 26, Midhurst, ON L9X 1N6.

The October General Meeting is where we pass any motions that are to go to the ETFO Annual Meeting. All proposed resolutions should be forwarded to the Executive prior to October 1st for consideration at the SCEOT General Meeting.

ETFO has been busy with the Health and Phys. Ed Curriculum and the issues the Ford Government is creating in our classrooms. ETFO has put out a number of media releases as well as advice to members. Be sure you are signed up to receive ETFO emails (etfo.ca) today so that you are staying informed and up to date!

A reminder that the timesheet schedule can be found on the SCDSB staff website and that there are accelerated pay dates around Christmas and Easter that you may want to be aware of for budgeting purposes.

Also, a reminder to all members to submit their most current QECO rating to the board as soon as possible so that you are paid at your proper grid rate when you start in an LTO position.

Calendars were mailed out this week and also contain important information for you! Including information on the one paid day for PD for occasional teachers. More information will come attached with the September ON CALL as well as from a Board Memo that will be released soon.

Stay tuned for the September ON CALL, coming soon, with more information including the newest pay grid. The current daily rate for daily OTs is $236.49 (which includes your vacation pay, stat. pay and in lieu of benefits. ** note, this is the total daily rate, not the base rate you will see on your pay stub).

Also, there are a number of collective agreement articles you need to be aware of.  A reminder that you are responsible for knowing your Collective Agreement.

4.02 “Long-Term Occasional Teacher” means an Occasional Teacher who is employed for a period of ten (10) or more consecutive teaching days as the replacement for the same teacher. If a PL day falls within that 10 day period it shall not interrupt the ten (10) days.

11.10 (a) Occasional Teachers shall provide 24 hours notice when cancelling an assignment in order to accept another assignment on that day from the board.

(b) If an assignment is cancelled in ATE EasyConnect at least 75 minutes prior to the start of the assignment the Occasional Teacher will not be paid for the assignment. If it is cancelled in ATE Easy Connect less than 75 minutes prior to the start of the assignment it is expected the Occasional Teacher will be paid for the assignment and shall be assigned appropriate professional duties.

16.04. (a) The parties agree that the board will allow Occasional Teachers to request an unpaid leave of absence for up to one school year. Such requests shall be granted. (b) The parties agree the teacher on an approved leave will be replaced on the Roster and it will not be considered a violation of article 11.01 (a). (c) The parties agree that if the addition of these members pierces the cap the list will be brought back to the cap through natural attrition. (d) The Occasional Teacher’s request for an unpaid leave of absence will be submitted to the board no later than June 15th for leaves starting in September and no later than December 15th for leaves starting in January. Requests to begin a leave at other times may be considered and shall not be unreasonably denied.

19.01 (a) An Occasional Teacher employed to replace a permanent, probationary or temporary teacher shall be assigned the timetable of the teacher being replaced, including scheduled and emergency supervision duties. If hired in on a vacancy, timetable is created by the principal.

 (b) A casual Occasional Teacher will be released from the assigned class during the preparation time portion scheduled for the teacher being replaced. That preparation time is to be covered by the teacher regularly scheduled to provide the preparation time for the absent teacher.


(c) If there is more than 50 minutes of preparation time in that day they may be reassigned within the same subject area/division or assigned appropriate professional duties at the discretion of the principal.

The casual Occasional Teacher shall use the preparation time of the absent teacher to prepare for the assigned class.

19.03 The board shall not require any Occasional Teacher to administer or perform any medical or physical procedure on any pupil that might in any way endanger the safety or well-being of the pupil or subject the Occasional Teacher to risk of injury, disease or negligence. It shall not be part of the duties and responsibilities of an Occasional Teacher to examine pupils for communicable conditions or diseases or to diagnose such conditions or diseases.

19.04 (a) Long Term Occasional Teachers shall be given notice during the first week of their LTO of any deadlines associated with the preparation of report cards.

(b) A Long Term Occasional Teacher who has been assigned for less than 20 teaching days shall be provided assistance to complete report cards during the instructional day, and not during scheduled planning time.

19.06 (a) The Board shall provide Occasional Teachers with access to a copy of the safety plans for students who will be in the homeroom of the assignment they have accepted.

(b) In addition, for itinerant teaching assignments, all applicable safety plans will be made available and organized according to homerooms.

(c) Furthermore, the Occasional Teacher will have access to all safety plans in the building, to be consulted at their discretion and shall be organized by homeroom and division. A copy of the yard duty schedule shall also be available in the safety plan files.

19.07 Principals and part-time Long Term Occasional Teachers shall mutually agree on a schedule for their attendance on PA days within 4 weeks of commencing the LTO.

** If you are in a partial LTO, please discuss PA days and when you will be attending with your admin. There is a calculation that admin have that determines how many PA days you must attend and as per the CA.

Thank you for your time in reading this email and we look forward to an amazing 2018-2019 school year! We will be asking for some feedback on the time the job board opens with Apply to Education as well as feedback about last years Daily Assigned Substitute positions in the near future so be sure to tell us your thoughts when we send that out.

Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT Member!                    June 14, 2018

Please see the ON CALL June 2018 newsletter with important information, dates and opportunities for you!

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Also, a reminder that the office will be closed for the summer at the end of the day June 29th.
Enjoy the last few weeks!

Hello SCEOT Member!                                      May 15, 2018

Please see the ON CALL May 2018 with information on your 2018-2020 SCEOT Executive, Professional Learning Fund deadlines, and Personal Emergency Leave days and how to request them.

Occasional Teacher Evaluation Process

SCEOT is hosting another Custom Sign Workshop and will be held June 22nd from 5pm-7:30pm. Registration will open Thursday May 17th at 6am! Register early to be sure to get a spot as space is limited!

The SCEOT Constitution was passed at the May 8th Annual Meeting and the updated version can be found on our website at sceot.org. Please remember, reports from both general membership and Executive meetings are available on or website at sceot.org

ETFO Provincial regularly sends members updates. If you do not receive emails from ETFO, please contact ETFO Member Records at 1 888 838 3836 ext. 2506 or update your information online at http://www.etfo.ca/supportingmembers/memberinfo/pages/updatememberinfo.aspx

May 2018 Johnson Simcoe Elementary Occasional Teachers Affinity


Hello SCEOT Member,

Please see the PL Newsletter May 2018 with more workshops and opportunities for you to attend.

Have a great week!


Hello SCEOT member,                                 May 3, 2018

The SCEOT Annual Meeting is May 8th at the SCEOT office at 5pm! Please let me know if you are attending so we have enough dinner for everyone in attendance (also, please let me know if there are any dietary restrictions).
The nominees for the 2018-2020 SCEOT Executive are:
Amy Chevis- President
Meaghan Gauthier- Vice President
Michael Shillolo- Treasurer
Barry Caldwell- Collective Bargaining
Miriam Schembri- Health and Safety
Elena Vandergeest- Professional Learning
Sarah McKellar- Political Action
Barbara Gunn- Status of Women and Equity
Monique Weiss- Status of Women and Equity
Carley Rodgers- Secretary

As you are aware, all OTs get one day of paid PD for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year. There is a kindergarten PD session being offered May 18th to those who are interested (in addition to the health and safety and school action planning that is occurring at each school site for occasional teachers to attend with the staff). Please see the Memo 227 Early Years Professional Activity Day Opportunity for Kindergarten Educators – May 18 with more information on the kindergarten PD. To register for either of these pd opportunities, use the SCDSB staff registration tool at least a week prior to the 18th.

Also, don’t forget to check your pay stubs regularly and be sure you are paid accordingly for your one day of paid PD, if you attended. If there are any issues, please contact me at the office (705) 725 0316 or via email.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

HELLO SCEOT Member,                                   April 25, 2018

This email has information in regards to the recent SCDSB Elementary Long Term Occasional (LTO) list posting and will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

If you are unsuccessful, you will be notified by the board and as per the Extension Agreement, Letter of Agreement #2, “following the interview to the LTO list, unsuccessful candidates who make the request shall be debriefed within thirty (30) days of the interview and recommendations shall be made to help enhance professional growth and may lead to successful placement on the LTO list in the future”.

Successful applicants will not be contacted individually by the board.  Rather, as per the ATE posting for the SCDSB LTO list, the list of successful candidates will be posted on the staff website in the Human Resources section on/by Friday, May 25, 2018.  The LTO list will also be updated on the board staff website at the same time.

To find the LTO list, login to your staff SCDSB account, click board at the top right, human resources on the left hand side and then it will be a link on the main section of the page Elementary Long Term Occasional (LTO) List.

Have a great week!

Hello SCEOT Member,                                              April 16, 2018

Please see the PL Newsletter April 2018 with upcoming learning opportunities.

Have a great week and stay safe on the roads!

Hello SCEOT Member,                                                     April 12, 2018

Please see the ON CALL April 2018 with a number of attachments that are explained further in the ON CALL newsletter.

SOCIAL MEDIA – final April 2018



POSTER 24×36 (EN) JI 2018 Scholarship_0114 April 2018

Don’t forget to use your 1 OT day of paid PD as per the extension agreement! You have one day this school year (17-18) and one again next year (18-19). If you don’t use it, you lose it. More details are in the ON CALL and registration is open now. If you are in a 1.0 lto, you are already paid to attend the pd days. If on a partial LTO, you are paid to attend on a pro-rated basis.

Also, please read the information below in regards to Bill 148 Paid Personal Emergency Leave days (PEL).

Paid Personal Emergency Leave Days for Daily OTs

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (also called “Bill 148”) is new legislation that came into effect on January 1, 2018. Bill 148 amends several pieces of Ontario labour legislation, including the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The ESA now entitles employees who have been employed for at least a week with an employer to access two paid Personal Emergency Leave days and 8 unpaid Personal Emergency Leave days per calendar year.

The paid Personal Emergency Leave entitlement under the ESA would apply to Daily Occasional Teachers who have been employed for at least a week with their school board and currently do not have access to paid leave.

A Daily Occasional Teacher would be entitled to up to two days of paid Personal Emergency Leave days per calendar year due to:

    • Personal illness; or
  • Death, illness, injury, medical emergency or urgent matter relating to family members as defined in the ESA.

Although each personal emergency situation is unique, the entitlement to a paid Personal Emergency Leave day for a Daily Occasional Teacher may apply when a previously scheduled/booked assignment needs to be cancelled due to an emergency (to a maximum of two Personal Emergency Leave days per calendar year).

The Ministry of Labour’s website includes a section with frequently asked questions about Personal Emergency Leave. Members with questions about this leave entitlement can check the section through this link:


Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT Member,                                            March 26, 2018

Please see the SCEOT Elections Information March 26 2018 election nomination form and information in regards to the local SCEOT 2018 elections.

The SCEOT CONSTITUTION Proposed changes 2018 will be debated and voted on at the SCEOT Annual Meeting.
A reminder that we also elect the ETFO Annual Meeting delegates at this meeting.
There are prizes to be won!!
Please register by email, on our website at sceot.org or call the office so we order enough food for all members attending. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions as well.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Have a great week!

Hello SCEOT Member,                                        March 19, 2018

The board has informed me that the LTO list posting will be opening up today. Please remember, if you began work with SCEOT one year ago (prior to the end date of the posting) and you have worked 20 full days during that time, and you apply, you are eligible for an interview, as per Regulation 274.
Also, please see the PL Newsletter March 2018 and Gender and Sexuality 101 Flyer SCEOT (1) with details on an Equity Workshop that we are hosting on Tuesday May 1st, 2018. Register today to save your spot!
Have a great week!

Hello SCEOT Member!

Please see the ON CALL March 2018 as well as all attachments with information and opportunities for members as described in the ON CALL newsletter.

Attachments include:

* PRS Matters Bulletin on BMS training Behaviour Management Training
* ETFO Community Forum Community Forum Poster March 2018
* Social Media Workshop SOCIAL MEDIA – final April 2018
* OTIP Retirement Workshop WRP – Apr 5 – EN (1) March 2018
* Rogers Deal for ETFO members ETFO IDV MAR 18 MJ
Have a great week!

HELLO SCEOT MEMBER!                               March 5, 2018

As you know, our SCEOT Local elections will be held on May 8th, 2018 at 5pm at the SCEOT office (1110 Hwy 26, Midhurst, ON).

Please register in advance (call the office or email Amy at sceotnews@gmail.com) as we do provide dinner for all members!

Nomination forms for SCEOT local elections will be sent to the membership in the near future. The deadline for nominations is 7 days prior to the annual meeting (May 1st , 2018).

We are looking for an elections committee, including an election chair. As per the constitution, the committee shall consist of a past President, should there be one available, and two active members who are not running in the election. They shall be appointed by the executive and shall be responsible for recruiting poll clerks, drafting nomination forms, overseeing preparation of ballots, publicizing nomination procedures and elections booklet, running elections and reporting to the SCEOT executive. Should no SCEOT members come forward to establish an elections committee, the Local Executive Secretary will initiate the elections.

If you are interested in being on the 2018 elections committee, please email Amy Chevis at sceotnews@gmail.com by March 21st, 2018 at 4pm.

Constitution changes, as per the SCEOT Constitution, must be submitted to the Executive 30 calendar days prior to the Annual Meeting.  All proposed constitution changes will be emailed to all members at least 15 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting delegates and alternates are also elected from those members in attendance at our annual meeting. If you are interested in becoming a delegate or alternate at the 2018 ETFO Annual Meeting, please email Amy Chevis at sceotnews@gmail.com

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT Member!                                 March 2, 2018

The health and safety of our members is, and always has been, a top priority for SCEOT! Thank you to those of you who completed the Workplace Violence survey earlier this school year!

There will be an upcoming SCDSB Risk Assessment survey that will be occurring at an upcoming staff meeting. We encourage you all to speak with administrators and/or colleagues so that you know when it will be taking place and so that you are able to arrange to attend. We are hopeful it will be in April, but confirming with your school, or your school of choice would be the best way to ensure you are able to provide your input on risk assessment and to have your voice included in the progress being made around the health and safety in all of our classrooms and schools. This survey is anonymous and we encourage all members to complete it. Daily occasional teachers should complete at the least the shorter section on individual working conditions.  If you are at a particular school on a regular basis, you may be knowledgeable on the longer section in regards to buildings, parking lots, property, etc. If you are comfortable with filling out the entire survey, we encourage you to complete as much as you can. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Chevis or Mike Shillolo (emails provided below).

The documents below explain the Internal Responsibility System and go through the various Health & Safety forms, clarifying when they should be used. Please read and review as this is your responsibility to know!

IRS Slide March 2018

SCDSB Reporting Forms 2 March 2018

SCDSB Reporting Forms March 2018

More information can be found on our website at sceot.org under the Health and Safety Tab.

Please note, the contact information in the attachments is for the permanent teacher local (SCETF) members.

Should you have any questions about health and safety, please contact Amy Chevis at sceotnews@gmail.com or Mike Shillolo at mshillolo@outlook.com

Also, SCDSB is beginning a pilot project called, The Everyday Classroom Mental Health Resource for educators.  Participation in this pilot project is voluntary.  Members will use their professional judgement to determine whether or not to participate.  Please see the Recruitment Flyer for Mental Health Practices Simcoe 022718 and the information below.

Everyday Classroom Mental Health Resource – Pilot

ETFO members needed!

ETFO has been working in partnership with School Mental Health (SMH) ASSIST and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to create a resource that provides practical, brief and easy-to-learn strategies for enhancing mental health amongst elementary students as part of the regular school day.

This pilot project is available to only a select number of school boards. ETFO member voices are needed to ensure the efficacy, practicality and user friendliness of the resource. Your feedback will be used to enhance the resource before it is released province-wide in the 2018-2019 school year.

Your commitment to participating in this pilot project will include a pre and post survey (each about 15-20 minutes in length). Over a three-month period, you will try some of the strategies from the resource and provide feedback on them. Support will be available for you through your board’s Mental Health Lead. You will also have the option of indicating your interest in participating in a follow-up focus group once the pilot is completed.

By participating, you will have access to the resource and the multitude of quick, practical and pro-active strategies to help build a mentally healthy classroom. You will also be contributing your professional feedback to inform changes to the resource.

Have a great weekend!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBER,                            February 15, 2018

Please read the attached Professional Learning Newsletter with many professional development opportunities for you!

Have a great week.


HELLO SCEOT MEMBER,                     February 12, 2018

Please read the ON CALL Feb 2018 with important and time sensitive information.

Also, please see the SCEOT PLF Funding 2017-2018 Professional Learning Funds form as explained in the ON CALL.

The International Women’s Day Dinner is just around the corner! Please see IWD 2018 DINNER – SCEOT & DECE for more information.  Please note the $15 registration fee will be covered by the SCEOT local and the deadline to register is February 21st.

Lastly, Johnson Insurance has offers just for SCEOT members ETFO – Simcoe Elementary Occasional Teachers_Feb2018 eblast

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT Member!                    January 22, 2018

Please see the PL Newsletter January 22 2018!

There is a SNOW-GA fundraiser in Orillia on Sunday February 4th and you are all welcome to attend.  They are accepting cash donations (not canned goods) of any amount to buy fresh produce for the Sharing place food bank. There will be a 45 minute ‘snow-ga’ session and then there will be hot chocolate and time to snowshoe, ski or skate on the bay after. The Leacock cafe will be open for a special Apres ski style lunch prior to the event starting at 2pm.

A Lole rep will be in attendance with prizes for participants.

Please see here  or the Facebook page for more information.


Lastly, please check out the Easy Connect information update that was sent to your board email on Wednesday January 17th, to find out more about the new system implementations (if you haven’t already).

Thank you and have a great week!


HELLO SCEOT Member,                                                  January 15, 2018

Please see the ON CALL Jan 2018 with lots of information as well as the Rogers deal for ETFO members. ETFO IDV JAN 18 v7 MJ
Have a great week!

Hello SCEOT Member! The holidays are around the corner!         December 12, 2017

Please see the attached ON CALL Dec 2017 with timely and important information, including an update on ATE – Easy Connect and a link to our closed Facebook group!
Also, please read the ATE FAQNovember 16 2017 that was sent to your board email in November.
Please see the 107 Bridges out of Poverty ETFO Occasional Teachers – Jan 26 2018 with information about Bridges Out of Poverty, being offered to OTs as an option for their one day paid PD for the 2017-2018 school year.
A reminder that the SCEOT office will be closed on Friday December 22nd and will reopen Monday January 8, 2018. If there is an emergency over the holidays, please contact ETFO at 1 888 838 3836 or 1 416 962 3836.
Have a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

A few updates for you!                       November 15, 2017

If you are an LTO member who is eligible for benefits (LTO of 3 months or longer) and have not yet received an enrollment email from OTIP, please contact Suzanne Gill at ETFO at sgill@etfo.org.

Please note the Community Forum event has been postponed from December 5th and is tentatively booked for March 27th.  Please watch for more information in the future.

Registration is now open for the Math that Matters for Occasional Teachers Institute that will take place on January 30-31, 2018.  This conference is open to daily and long-term occasional teacher members only.

Registration closes on December 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The conference flyer is available at http://www.etfo.ca/cal/Math.pdfRegistration for this event will take place in the ETFO Events Management system at events.etfo.org/upcoming-events in the Math that Matters for Occasional Teachers tab.

SCETF has a self defence workshop that they are offering SCEOT members to attend. More information can be found here: SELF DEFENCE – NOVEMBER 18TH&DECEMBER 2ND-2017 -EXTENDED. Although it says SCETF members only, you are welcome to sign up. Please indicate you are an OT alongside your name when registering.

SCETF/SCEOT/DECE Coco Disney Movie Day for all members will be held November 25, 2017. Please see COCO DISNEY MOVIE November 25 2017 for more information and for registration details.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Hello SCEOT member!               November 6, 2017

Please see the ON CALL Nov 2017

PL Newsletter November 17 2017

Retirement Workshop OTIP April 2018

Simcoe County Occasional Teachers – ETFO Johnson November 2017

for your information.

Also, please read the information below with some clarification on the one day paid PD for occasional teachers as well as some information on upcoming opportunities.

The central agreement extension includes one day of paid PD for OTs in each of the 2 school years. One half of these two days is reserved for health and safety training and can be taken in either the 2017-2018 OR 2018-2019 school year.

Board memo #3 has further information about this PD.

You MUST register on the board staff registration tool (available until 5 days prior to the PD) and sign in at the school upon arrival to be paid.  If you do not register online in advance, you will not be compensated.

If you are in a 1.0 LTO, you are to attend PD with your school and will be paid grid rate, not the daily rate.

If you do choose to attend a school PD Day, you will be participating with school staff and it is not a separate occasional teacher PD offered. I know there was some confusion on October 20th and for that, I apologize.

For those who participated in the October 20th PD for your one day paid this year, your pay will be on your Nov. 10th pay.

There are many opportunities to take your one day paid PD, including after school workshops, during school workshops and those offered on PD Days.

The board is hoping to offer another workshop or two on Bridges out of Poverty.

There are some half day Mental Health and Well-being workshops coming up on November 22nd, Safe TALK, and November 30th, Compassion Fatigue. If you were to take one of these, you could do the health and safety training in May as the other half. Or you could take both and do your health and safety training next year.

This PD is up to you to direct your learning, the way you see best.

Registration for all PD sessions will be accessible on the staff website, a month or so (possibly a bit sooner) prior to the PD session.

The January PD options will be coming soon. April is on Well-being and May is Health and Safety for one half and school directed for the other half. You may choose to stay for only the health and safety portion or the whole day as your one day of paid PD.

Be sure to access this paid learning opportunity!

It is currently only available this year and next, so let’s prove to those negotiating that we need this every year!

Thank you and have a great week!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBER,                                     October 30, 2017

You should have received an email from Stratcom, inviting you to complete an ETFO survey on violence in schools. As you know, ETFO is pursuing a multi-year strategy to address violence in schools. To better understand the significance and scope of workplace violence, and those procedures and policies in place to deal with workplace violence, ETFO is seeking your opinion and experiences through an online survey. The questions will mostly focus on your experiences from the 2016-17 school year.

The purpose of this online survey is to gather information on members’ experiences with workplace violence in order to better inform ETFO’s priorities for the multi-year strategy.

This is your opportunity to tell us anonymously and confidentially your thoughts and experiences with workplace violence. ETFO will receive the survey results in aggregate tabular form only, meaning that your individual responses will remain anonymous and will not be reported back to ETFO. Only a small team of professional researchers at Stratcom will have access to individual responses. Stratcom is bound by federal privacy rules, regulations and standards imposed by Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the Market Research Industry Association (MRIA).

If you do not receive your survey or have any questions please direct them to:


And please, remind your colleagues of the importance of filling out ETFO’s All-Member Workplace Violence Survey.

                            Take Action to Suspend EQAO Testing  

On October 10th, the Peel District School Board requested that the Ministry of Education suspend EQAO testing for the 2017-18 school year and sought support for the motion from all other Ontario public school boards. On October 26th, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board passed a similar motion.

ETFO has a letter that can be emailed to school board chairs asking them to follow Peel’s lead and request that EQAO be suspended.  The template letter can be found here:www.buildingbetterschools.ca/eqao  .  Use the search box to find our school board – SCDSB and this will then direct the email to the SCDSB Chair, Peter Beacock.  Have your voice heard.


Hello SCEOT members!                      October 16, 2017

Please read through ON CALL Oct 2017 that has lots of pertinent information for you!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

Hello SCEOT members!          October 2, 2017

NTIP orientation information is out and can be found on the Board staff website, under Memos, APMs and policies, Memos 2017, #42. This is for members in their first LTO of 97 days or longer.

There may be a slight delay in ETFO ELHT benefits access for members in LTOs of 3 months or longer. An email will be sent to your board email once the information has been transferred correctly and this should occur in the near future.

Easy connect – please see your board email for more information from the board on this new absence management system (SCARRI replacement). As with any new system, there are some glitches that the Board and Easy Connect are working on fixing, specifically around ‘first contact’ (requests).

OT Paid PD as per the Extension Agreement includes a number of different opportunities for you to access the one day paid PD that is provided by the Board. Many are already available on the staff registration tool and includes Bridges out of Poverty, being offered on the PD Day, October 20th. The memo (#3) was sent with the September ON CALL and can be found on the SCEOT website and the SCDSB staff website. You must register with the school on the day of attendance to be paid.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at the office.

Yours in Education,


September 21, 2017

Hello SCEOT members!

Please see the ON CALL Sept 2017 with lots of information for this upcoming school year.
Also, please see 003 ETFO Occasional Teachers Professional Learning board memo on Paid PD for occasional teachers for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years as per the central agreement extension.
Lastly, please see this occasional teacher brochure from OTIP. OT_Brochure-FINAL
You can also find all of this information, along with our Collective agreement on our website at sceot.org.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact the office.
Yours in Education,

September 11, 2017

Hello SCEOT Members and welcome back to another school year!

Please see the PL Newsletter September 2017 with some of the great PD we will be offering this year!
Also, a reminder that our General Meeting begins at 5pm on Tuesday October 17th at our office in Midhurst. ETFO Annual meeting motions are due to the Executive by October 1st as per our Constitution. Please send them in by the deadline to be considered by the membership. Please register if you plan on attending by either phone or email so we have enough dinner for everyone.
The 2017-2018 calendars have been mailed out and you should be receiving them this week.
Lastly, benefits information for eligible LTO members should be sent from the board to OTIP around the end of the month. If you have previously enrolled in the ELHT, OTIP will email you indicating you can reactivate. If you have not previously enrolled, they will send you the information needed for enrollment to your board email account. Benefits will be paid retroactively to your first day of your LTO (as long as it is 3 months or longer) and you will be able to submit receipts once your enrollment is complete.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please call or email me at your earliest convenience.
Yours in Education,
Hello SCEOT Members!                                                     June 20, 2017
Please see the ON CALL June 2017 with lots of great information for you!
Also attached:
* Eblast – Simcoe County Occasional June 2017 Johnson Insurance information for SCEOT members
* Health and Safety PowerPoint SCEOT Health and safety training June 2017
* Board Health and Safety PowerPoint  Occasional Teacher PD Workshop Dave Quinlan
For those who attended the June 9th PA Day paid health and safety training, you will be paid on the July 7th pay.
Also, please remember the office will be closed at the end of the day June 30th and will reopen Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.
Please make sure you ask any questions or clarify any concerns prior to June 30th.
Should you have an emergency over the summer, please contact the ETFO Provincial Office at 1 888 838 3836 or 1 416 962 3836.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during the summer holiday!
Enjoy spending time with your friends and family and we will see you all again in September!
Yours in Education,
Hello SCEOT members!                                       June 7, 2017
Don’t forget to register for the daily occasional teaching PAID health and safety PD this Friday, June 9th! Register on the staff development registration tool. Spots are filling up fast! See you Friday!
External postings have started today and will continue throughout June. LTO postings will begin Friday and the LTO list will also be updated Friday.  Postings will start up again in August.
Have a great day!

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                              May 30, 2017

Registration for the half day PAID PD for daily Occasional Teacher Members on Health and Safety is open on the staff website under the staff PD registration tool (under board – staff development – session #10723 – Health and Safety Training for Daily Occasional Teachers). It is being held June 9th at the SCETF office at 351 King St. Unit #3 from 9am-noon. Register today to ensure you get a spot! Registration limited to 150 members. Snacks and coffee are provided 🙂

ELHT corrections have been made for almost all members. If you haven’t enrolled yet, and you are eligible, please do so.

 Included with this ON CALL May 2017:

·       Summer Academy hosted by SCEOT

     o Purposeful Preparation SA FLYER_Simcoe OT_July 5-7

     o ArtStart SA FLYER_Simcoe OT_Aug 9-11

·       Part time job opportunity with Sheatre – Sheatre job opportunity

·       Smart Education Course in Barrie – SMART Summer 2017_ Barrie

·       Smart Education Course in Bracebridge – SMART Summer 2017_ Bracebridge

As always, if you have any questions, please contact the office!


                                                      May 12, 2017

Please see the document from ELHT LTO Simcoe County LP Letter May 12, 2017 – Final regarding the ELHT benefits plan for eligible SCEOT members.  The update of currently incorrect data should be complete for all members by May 18th.

Have a great weekend!
Hello SCEOT Members!                                               May 2, 2017
Please see the ETFO_2014-2017-Occasional SCEOT Collective Agreement. Read it and know your rights and responsibilities. Please contact the office for any questions or clarification.
The ON CALL April 2017 has important ELHT benefits information!
Also attached with this email:
SCDSB LTO Evaluation Memo and Appendix A – 125 Memo Long Term Occasional Teacher Evaluation 125
As always, if you have any questions, please contact the office.
Have a great day!


Please see the SCEOT CONSTITUTION Draft January 31 2017 for members with rationale that will be presented to the membership at our Annual Meeting on May 2nd, at 5pm. Don’t forget to register as we do provide dinner, prizes and there is a draw for $350!

During the annual meeting we will be electing three delegates and alternates for the ETFO Annual Meeting (the President and Vice President attend, as per the SCEOT Constitution). The Annual Meeting is held in Toronto for four days where we debate motions, network with colleagues and elect the Provincial Executive.

If you are interested in attending the ETFO Annual meeting, come out to the SCEOT annual meeting and put your name forward

Hope to see you there!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                March 29, 2017

Please see the Paint Night flyer April 2017 and sign up to join us today!

Also, please remember, the LTO list applications are due tomorrow!

Have a great day!



Please see the ON CALL March 2017 with lots of information, including the LTO list opening!
Also, please consider participating in the Compassion Fatigue workshop we are offering (dinner included). As teachers, we take on the stresses of our students, schools, communities and classrooms and this is a great workshop to help give you strategies and ideas for dealing with compassion fatigue! The workshop is being help April 19th and will be full of valuable information for all educators. You can register using Eventbrite, on our website under the Professional Learning tab. See you there!
Also included in this email, with details in the ON CALL:

Hello SCEOT Members,                   March 21, 2017

Please see the PL Newsletter April 2017 with some upcoming learning opportunities for members!
Hope you all had a great March break!

Hello SCEOT Members,                      March 9, 2017

Wishing you all a wonderful March Break and reminding you that the SCEOT office will be closed. I will not have access to phone or email but will be happy to respond to any questions you may have, after the break. If there is an emergency, please contact ETFO at 1 888 838 3836.
Please see the PL Newsletter March 2017 with great opportunities for SCEOT members.
Also, please see the SMART_Spring2017_SCDSB about a Mindfullness workshop opportunity here in Barrie, if you are interested.
Have a restful and relaxing break!

Hello SCEOT Members!                      March 2, 2017

Please remember to get online and vote in the ETFO ratification vote on the proposed tentative agreement. The deadline is tomorrow, March 3rd at 11:59pm. Don’t leave it until the last minute, in case you have issues.
Also, please see the ON CALL February 2017 (if there were 30 days in February, I would be right on time!)
Please see the following attachments, also referred to in the ON CALL:
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Hello SCEOT Members!                                   February 1, 2017

Please see the PL Newsletter February 2017 with great learning opportunities!
Also, please note that the board has eliminated the use of job shopping at this time.  You should have received a phone call with this information, as well as an email that was sent to your board email account.
Have a great day!
Hello SCEOT Members!                      January 26, 2017
Please see the ON CALL January 2017.
I have also included the information for Provincial Nominations 2017-2019
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the office.
Have a great day!

Hello SCEOT Members,                                                    January 11, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back!

Please see the PL Newsletter January 2016 with many amazing opportunities.

Also, please note that I still do not have an update on benefits, and will send an email to all members as soon as I do.
Have a fabulous day!

Hello SCEOT Members!                              December 20, 2016

Please see the Connected Communities Choose Your Path AQ poster from ETFO in regards to a discounted cost AQ course opportunity for select courses.
Also, please note that the office will be closed at the end of the day Friday December 23rd until we return on Monday, January 9th. If there is an emergency over the holidays, please contact ETFO at 1 888 838 3836 or 1 416 962 3836.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!
Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!             December 13, 2016

Please see the On Call December 2016.

Have a great week!

Dear SCEOT Member:                                    December 5, 2016

I would like to inform our members of our new non-exclusive endorsement partnership with the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP). OTIP is a not-for-profit organization, specializing in providing insurance solutions for active and retired members of the Ontario education community. For almost 40 years, OTIP has provided ETFO members with unique insurance products and services, including home, auto, life and retiree benefits.

The ETFO Simcoe County Elementary Occasional Teachers Local and OTIP partnership

OTIP is proudly governed, led and inspired in part by ETFO, and offers a full range of insurance products created to specifically address and satisfy the unique needs of the Ontario occasional education community. OTIP offers the following coverage options to fit your flexible lifestyle:

·       Extended health, dental and long term disability care coverage

·       Life insurance

·       Group Home and Auto insurance

·       Edvantage offers


Do you want to learn more?

Call OTIP today at 1-888-892-4935 to learn more about the flexible insurance products created specifically for occasional education employees.

P.S. If you’re currently shopping for home and auto insurance, you could save up to 50% off your home insurance for the first year when you purchase auto insurance through OTIP. Visit www.otip.com/ETFO-Simcoe-OT or call OTIP at 1-888-892-4935 to get a quote!



Hello SCEOT Members!                                             November 28, 2016

As you may know, the first wave of locals began transitioning into the new ETFO ELHT Benefits Plan on November 1, 2016.  Members in long term occasional assignments of 90 calendar days or longer are eligible to participate in the plan for the duration of their assignment.  However, many boards have experienced challenges with the identification of eligible LTOs.  OTIP is working to come up with alternate resolutions to these issues so that eligible members are able to transition as soon as possible.  Please be assured that all eligible members will have coverage retroactive to November 1, 2016 and should hold any eligible claims until they are officially enrolled.  More information regarding timelines will be provided as they become available.

Members will have 31 days from the date that they receive their enrollment email to officially enroll.

Members in 1.0 LTOs of three months or longer do not pay a premium. Members in partial LTO positions (e.g. 0.6) would be responsible for paying the additional percentage of the premium should they choose to opt into the plan.

We are also aware that some boards provided OTIP with data on ineligible Occasional Teacher members who are either doing daily occasional work or who are in long term occasional assignments (e.g. less than 90 calendar days in most boards). In some cases, these ineligible members have received benefits cards and enrollment email.  If you are a member who is not eligible, please disregard enrolment emails from OTIP and destroy any benefits card that you receive.   We also request that you email ETFO at ETFO-ELHT@etfo.org to inform them that you have received this information in error.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this transition period.

Should you have any questions about the ELHT benefits plan, please contact ETFO staff members Kelly Holley or Peter Giuliani.

Yours in Education,


Hello SCEOT members!                                November 9, 2016
Please see the ON CALL November 2016 with pertinent information for SCEOT members.
Also, please see the PL Newsletter November 2016 with great learning opportunities.
Have a great day!

Hello SCEOT members,                                          October 21, 2016

There have been some delays in both email and mail information being sent to SCEOT members from OTIP in regards to the ELHT information.  I have been informed that if you do not receive your information by next Tuesday to then call OTIP at the number provided in the ON CALL sent out last week.

Rest assured, if you are an eligible member (in an LTO assignment of at least 90 days, or three months or longer), you will have coverage beginning November 1st, however it may have to paid retroactively if you are not yet set up with OTIP for coverage. Save your receipts to ensure your reimbursed.

Also, please note, further detailed information will be sent out in the next ETFO E-newsletter to those members who have their email address on file with ETFO. If you do not receive the E-newsletters, please contact ETFO member records to ensure you have a non-board email address on file or check out ETFO.ca > ETFO ELHT Benefits > Benefits Enewsletters.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Suzanne Gill at ETFO (sgill@etfo.org).

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move to a provincial wide benefits plan.

                                                                                               October 18, 2016
Hello SCEOT Members, please see the ON CALL October 2016 with information on ELHT and more!


October 5, 2016

Hello SCEOT members!

Happy World Teacher’s Day!

Thank you for all that you do!

Your hard work, passion and dedication is appreciated and although you may not hear it enough, you are doing a great job!

ELHT Information was also sent out! Please contact the office if you have questions about ELHT.



October 3, 2016

Hello SCEOT members!
ETFO will be conducting all-member telephone town hall meetings on the evenings of Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6.
The purpose of the telephone town hall meetings is to provide members with information about the Superior Court’s decision and an update on ETFO’s remedy discussions with the government.  President Sam Hammond, General Secretary Sharon O’Halloran, and lawyer Howard Goldblatt will be in attendance during the town hall meetings.
The town hall meeting for SCEOT members will be held October 6th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (EST).  ETFO members will receive an invitation by telephone (as long as ETFO has your current information) to participate in one of the town hall meetings a few minutes before the meeting begins.
Also, please see the pl-newsletter-october-2016 Professional Learning newsletter with great PL opportunities for you to attend.
Have a great week,

Hello SCEOT Members,

Please read through the ON CALL September 2016 thoroughly to ensure you have the most up to date information that pertains to you.
Thanks and have a great week!

Hello SCEOT Members,                                                 September 15, 2016

Take Back the Night

TONIGHT at 6pm

Barrie, City Town Hall

This is a reminder that the annual Take Back the Night March takes place tonight at 6:00pm at Barrie City Hall with the march taking place around the block downtown.  SCEOT and SCETF will be there with snacks and prize giveaways! Come out and participate as we Take Back the Night! See you there!

Ontario Federation of Labour – Rally for Decent WORK!

October 1st at 1 pm

Queen’s Park, Toronto

  • Come out to the Ontario federation of labour – rally for DECENT WORK to call for safe working conditions, fair hours, access to a union, paid sick days & vacation, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/racialized wage gap and much more!
  • When: Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 01:00 PM
    Where: Queen’s Park in Toronto
  • A bus will leave Barrie (Essa Road Carpark) at 10 am (tentative departure time).  If there are enough people wanting to leave from other locations, additional pick-up spots or buses may be added. If you want to reserve a seat on the bus, please contact the SCEOT office at (705) 725 0316 or email Amy Chevis at sceotnews@gmail.com

September 9, 2016

Welcome SCEOT members to the 2016-2017 school year! I hope you had a relaxing summer and have had a great first week back!

Please see the PL Newsletter September 2016 with many great opportunities coming this year!
Have a fabulous weekend!


Please remember, due to the confidentiality with bargaining, we cannot post CB bulletins on our website so some emails will not be displayed on this page.  Be sure you have signed up for ETFO CB newsletters at etfo.ca.  Also, be sure your address and phone number are up to date with member records as well.  Changes can be made online or by calling 1 888 838 3836 – speak with Member Records.

Hello SCEOT members!
Please see the ON CALL June 2016 for members!
Also, if you have not yet submitted a picture to obtain your FOB, you need to do that prior to September as a condition of employment.  Please check your Board email address for further information or contact the IT helpdesk for assistance.
There are many other updates you should be aware of, including a Bill 115 update June 2016,
2 summer academy posters for the workshops SCEOT is hosting this summer,
and information on a New teacher survey June 2016 (for members in their first 5 years).
Yours in Education,

Hello SCEOT members!                                                 May 11, 2016

Please see the ON CALL May 2016.
Have a great night!

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                              May 4, 2016

The SCEOT Annual Meeting will be held at 5pm Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at our office at 1110 Hwy 26, Midhurst, ON.

Please register on our website at sceot.org or call the office so we can provide enough dinner for all members in attendance.

We are pleased to announce that the following nominations have come forward for the 2016-2018 SCEOT Executive, as per the Constitution.

Amy Chevis – President

Susan Michaud – Vice-President

Michael Shillolo – Treasurer

Carley Rodgers – Secretary

Barry Caldwell – Collective Bargaining Chair

Barbara Gunn – Status of Women/Equity Chair

Elena Vandergeest – Professional Learning Chair

Kristiina Myllymaki – Health & Safety Chair

Sarah McKellar – Political Action/Public Relations Chair

Also, please see the attached PL Newsletter May 2016 for information on the exciting workshops offered to all members.

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                      April 25, 2016

Please see the HS Bulletin Spring 2016, Spring Health and Safety newsletter with very important information about you and your protection in the workplace!

Also, please note that registration for the Making Math Happen workshop will open April 29th at 6:30am. This is a released workshop for daily occasional teachers that is set to take place on May 25th from 9am to 4pm. Members working in an LTO on May 25th will not be eligible for this workshop. Please have your ETFO member number ready as it will be required upon registration. All registrants will be put on a wait-list and 20 spots will be released to the first 20 registrants upon verification of ETFO number.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to professional learning,
Elena Vandergeest

Yours in Education,



Please see the ON CALL April 2016 for lots of great information!
Also, please see the PL Newsletter April 2016. We have a great new workshop coming up for daily OTs!
Lastly, please see the ETFO poster on this years Vibrant GSAs! Symposium 2016! It’ll be a great event so check out the poster and sign up today!
Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT Members!                                                                          April 1, 2016

Please see the SCEOT Elections Information April 1 2016 with the call for nominations and elections information for our upcoming SCEOT elections May 10, 2016.
Also, please see the SCEOT DRAFT CONSTITUTION 2016 with this years proposed changes.
Should you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the office.
Yours in Education,
HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                  March 8, 2016
Please see the ON CALL March 2016, along with the woman abuse FLYER 2016 port elgin march 2016 on the ETFO workshop training opportunity and the SCEOT Elections Officer Responsibilities.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the office.

Hello SCEOT Members!                                                           February 8, 2016

The LTO list has been updated and can be found on the staff website, under Board > Departments> Human Resources.

The following message is there as well:

If your name is not on this list, and you would like to request feedback from your interview – please email Carrie Rumble at crumble@scdsb.on.ca and include in the subject line of your email – “Requesting Feedback from LTO List Interview“.  Please include your name and employee id number.  You will then be contacted by an Administrator to provide feedback.   


AQ Subsidies available again!

The Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, is offering financial assistance to teachers wishing to take additional qualification courses. Teachers can apply for a subsidy of up to $450 for each approved course taken in Mathematics or Technology.
This subsidy applies to courses completed on or after February 1, 2016.   The subsidized mathematics courses are

  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 1
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 2
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Specialist
  • Mathematics, Grades 7 and 8
  • Mathematics, Intermediate/Senior (ABQ)
  • Mathematics, Honours Specialist
  • Any undergraduate mathematics course that is prerequisite to the AQ/ABQ courses listed above

The subsidized technology courses are

  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 1
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 2
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Specialist
  • Teaching and Learning through e-Learning

For more information, go to the OTF website.

Have a fabulous week!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                         February 4, 2016

Don’t forget to register for the International Women’s Day dinner coming up on March 2nd, 2016! It starts at 5:30pm with appetizers and visits and dinner will begin at 6:00pm.  We will have a fabulous dinner and an amazing guest speaker and it’s all FREE! Register on our website at sceot.org on our Professional Learning page! Check out the International Womens Day Poster 2016 for more details!

Please see the PL Newsletter February 2016 with great opportunities for attending amazing workshops!

SURPRISE! The Board is ahead of schedule with the central agreement terms and the restoration of the grid step! Your retro pay will be on tomorrows pay.  This is for those of you in an LTO who should have moved up the grid back in September in either category A or experience step, however the 97 day hold was still in place. Now that is it restored, you will be retro paid for any increase since September (for the length of time you were teaching on an LTO). Please check your pay stub on the payroll portal to ensure that you are paid properly.

The 1% lump sum is still scheduled to be paid on March 4th, however, it could be on the February 19th pay if they continue to be ahead of schedule so be sure to keep a close eye on your payroll portal for the next few pay cheques. * If you are on a leave or collecting EI, be sure to read the message below!

The following is a message to members who were earning EI during the week we ratified our local collective agreement (December 14, 2015).

This is to advise on how to report the 2015 one percent lump sum payment which was negotiated in the collective agreements for teachers and various education workers in Ontario. This guidance applies specifically to this negotiated lump sum payment, and it should not be applied to other circumstances not covered in this notice.

In all cases, the one percent lump sum payment is earnings for EI purposes in the week of the local contract ratification and it is the employee’s responsibility to report the gross amount to Service Canada when they receive the payment. The reporting instructions are as follows:

  • Please advise all teachers and education workers who are  or were on an active EI claim at the time of their local contract ratification that they must report these earnings to Service Canada. This can be done through the regular in-person, telephone, regular mail or online channels
  • If the employee is on leave at the date of local ratification, no amended ROE will be required to reflect this payment. A new ROE should not be created to reflect these earnings, nor should they be reflected on a subsequent ROE after the employee’s return to work.
  • For ROE purposes, if the employee has returned to work prior to the local contract ratification, the lump sum payment should be reflected  in the pay period in which it was paid (on the subsequent ROE).

Should employees have any questions on how to report these earnings, they are encouraged to call Service Canada or visit an in-person Service Canada location.


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                   February 2, 2016

Please see the ON CALL February 2016 and read through carefully! There is a lot of important information and changes explained within it.

Please see the OFL letter  in regards to supporting Women’s Annual Memorial Marches that are being held across the province! There is one in Orillia if you’d like to attend! More information can be found in the letter and the links within it. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email the office! 

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                 January 19, 2016

The following information has been posted on the ETFO website:  http://www.etfo.ca/adviceformembers/octsurveys/pages/default.aspx

Notice to Members re OCT Surveys

There are 2 surveys from the Ontario College of Teachers currently being conducted. Members of ETFO are advised not to participate in either survey.

Members’ Survey Regarding Coroner’s Jury Recommendation on Attestation

The Ontario College of Teachers has sent emails to some members with the subject line “Members’ Survey Regarding Coroner’s Jury Recommendation on Attestation”. The College is requesting participation in a survey related to the Coroner’s Jury recommendation that the OCT consider having its members attest annually that they have reviewed materials issued by the College relating to their duty to report abuse and/or neglect of children and youth to a children’s aid society or child & family services agency pursuant to the Child and Family Services Act.

Please be advised that ETFO as well as OTF and the other affiliates have already been consulted by the College on this matter, and all are in agreement that it is not within the College’s mandate to have members provide an annual attestation to the College in this regard. As such, members of ETFO are advised not to participate in this College survey.

Professionally Speaking Reader Survey

The Ontario College of Teachers has circulated an intrusive marketing-type survey that asks personal questions which are outside the role of the OCT (e.g., vacation habits, household income, number of cars, recreational activities). Members of ETFO are advised not to participate in this College survey.

This message was sent to you by ETFO, however, please contact the SCEOT office if you have any questions!

Yours in Solidarity,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                         January 11, 2016

Please see the PL Newsletter January 2016

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                       January 7, 2016

Please see the ON CALL January 2016.
Also, please see the Johnson Insurance flyer January 2016
Have a fabulous day!
Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT Members,                                                      December 16, 2015

The LTO interview list has been posted on the SCDSB Staff Website, on the Human Resources page. To access it, sign in to your staff website at scdsb.on.ca, go to Board > Departments > Human Resources.

The interviews will be behavioural based. More information can be found on the SCDSB staff website, Human Resources page.

With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to remind you that the SCEOT office will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 18, 2015 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Should you have an emergency, please contact the ETFO Provincial Office at 1 888 838 3836 or 1 416 962 3836. The Emergency Legal Assistance system will be operational over the holiday period to respond to critical calls only.

The general mailbox will be checked daily and an effort will be made to return critical calls within 24 hours. Non-critical calls will be responded to after the holiday.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday! Take some time to rest, relax and enjoy.

See you in 2016!

Yours in Solidarity,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                    December 10, 2015

Please see the Professional Learning Newsletter December 2015.


Hello SCEOT members                                                            December 4, 2015

Please see the ON CALL November December 2015 Have a great weekend!

Hello SCEOT members!                                                           November 26, 2015

The LTO list is open again on Apply to Education. If you have worked with the board for one full year as an occasional teacher and worked at least 20 full days, you are eligible for an interview and need to apply by Wednesday December 2nd at 4:00pm.

Yours in Solidarity,


Hello SCEOT members, please see the PL Newsletter November 2015       November 9, 2015


Hello SCEOT members! Please see the October ON CALL below!                 October 26, 2015

ON CALL October 2015



Please see the PL Newsletter October 2015!

Also, please remember that advanced polling for the federal election begins on October 9thand ends October 12th! October 19th is the official federal election. For more information, please check out the ETFO website at etfo.ca. Get out, vote and have your voice heard!

If you missed the ETFO Town Hall and wish to have the opportunity to hear it, please contact the office at (705) 725 0316.

Yours in Solidarity,


September 25, 2015

Hello SCEOT members, please see the attached September PL newsletter and ON CALL!

PL Newsletter September 2015

ON CALL September 2015



HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                                  June 19, 2015

Please read the ON CALL June 2015

Also, please read our latest political action newsletter PA Newsletter 2 – In Pursuit of Good Jobs June 2015

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                                  June 12, 2015

Please see the Spring Health and Safety Bulletin

HS Newsletter Spring 2015

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                                 May 26, 2015

Please see ON CALL May 2015 with lots of pertinent information!

ETFOs Summer Academy course registration is open tomorrow (May 27th) at 9am!! There are many wonderful courses being held around the province, but SCEOT will be hosting two this summer!

July 28-30 is a course on Kindergarten – this course will have plenty of ideas and hands-on activities to make your time in FDK fabulous!!

Aug 5-7 is a course on Classroom Management aimed at grades 2-8. This course will give practical tips on managing behaviour and creating a positive learning environment!

Summer Academy courses are $75 each, and include lunch each day!

All courses fill up quickly when Summer Academy goes live, so register early!!

*Please note: Kindergarten Summer Academy traditionally fills up faster than others, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                                    April 27, 2015

Please read the  ON CALL April 2015 with lots of important information, deals and details on upcoming events.

*Reminder, our Annual meeting is Tuesday May 12th at 5pm! Please register on our website at sceot.org or call the office at (705) 725 0316.

Our first Politial Action Newsletter link Election Countdown 1 April 2015 and should be read as the upcoming Federal Elections could be here before we know it.

As always, please do not hesitate to email or call the office if you have any questions.

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                          March 26, 2015

Bowl for Kids Sake

March 28, 2015

Just a reminder to sign up today to be on the SCEOT teams Bowl for Kids Sake! Save your spot by emailing vicepresident@sceot.org and join your colleagues for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon!     We still have a few spaces left so sign up today!!

SCEOT will be paying the $30 per person entrance fee, and if you can
raise $20 more on your own (or more), you will get an official event t-shirt!

Please come out and join us in this event – it doesn’t
matter if you are good at bowling or not, it’s just a fun day for members and to raise money for a great cause!

We hope to see you there!


Women in Action Conference

May 1-3, 2015

 Also, a reminder that the Status of Women Committees of the SCETF, SCEOT, and Simcoe County DECE will be co-hosting a Women in Action Conference; a program designed to:

  • encourage the active involvement and leadership of ETFO’s women members,
  • examine styles of leadership focusing on the strength’s women bring to an organization,
  • develop strategies to overcome barriers to women’s involvement and,
  • plan activities that meet their needs.

When:            Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5:00pm until Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1:00pm

Where:           Nottawasaga Inn and Resort, 6015 Highway 89, Alliston, Ontario

Cost:              Accommodations (double occupancy) and meals are fully paid for by ETFO Provincial and the Local Status of Women Committees.

Please fill out the online registration at http://scetf.org/committees/status-of-women/ and send a $50.00 deposit cheque made payable to SCETF to the SCETF Office, 351 King Street, Unit 3, Barrie, ON, L4N 6B5,  to hold your spot. Your deposit cheque will be returned at the conference.

If you have any questions please email amys@scetf.org .

Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                         March 11, 2015

Please see the March ON CALL for very pertinent information.

ON CALL March 2015

Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                           March 6, 2015

Please see the Bowl for Kids March 2015 opportunity! Join the SCEOT team today!

Also, please see March Professional Learning Newsletter 2015!

Have a great weekend!


Hello SCEOT members!                                                                     February 26, 2015

The Board has been dealing with a number of unfilled positions this year and they are hoping you can help them alleviate some of these vacant assignments.  They are asking that members re-examine the number of schools they are willing to work at and to consider increasing that number. The board believes this will offer more work to you and will also decrease unfilled positions in Simcoe County.

To view or change your school selections, go to scdsb.on.ca —- click on staff site (upper right hand corner)­­­­­­­—- login as prompted —- BOARD tab —- click SCARRI SFX from side menu —- click change my substitute locations  J

In addition to the above request and through discussion with the Board and the Union, the Board has decided to implement the “Fail to Fill” call line that was piloted in June.

This will offer members who have not accepted a job for the day the chance to have an assignment.  This is also a great opportunity for members to pick up a job or to obtain a half day in addition to a half day already booked! If you are not working, you can be, by calling the Fail to Fill line at 705 734 6363, extension 11273.  See details in the message below for further information.  They will be trying this for the month of March and will revisit it prior to the month of April.

Part of the message below was sent to your scdsb.on.ca email accounts from Brett Pinnell, but I wanted to send a portion of the information through our email database as well.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  Also, please touch base with me to share your thoughts on how the Fail-To-Fill line is working for you. It is important that we have your thoughts on this matter.

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis

Good Morning

We have been dealing with a number of unfilled teaching positions in the elementary panel.  In an effort to reduce the number of unfilled positions, the ETFO Occasional Teacher President suggested the re-introduction of a “Fail to Fill” line that was piloted in June 2014.    Effective Monday March 2, 2015, if you have not received a call from SCARRI by 6:30 a.m. and you are interested in working that day, you may contact Anna Kennedy on a daily basis at 705 734 6363, extension 11273 and leave a message with the following information: Name, ID#, phone number and the weather zone(s)(see attachment) you are willing to work within.  Should you accept a position through a call from SCARRI, you will need to call extension 11273 again to remove your name from the “fail to fill” list.  If you have accepted a half day assignment, you may also call this extension and provide the info listed above as well as the end time (if a morning assignment) or start time if you have accepted an afternoon assignment as Anna will attempt to find you another half day assignment that aligns with your current half day assignment.  Note:  If you arrive for your “fail to fill” assignment within 1 hour of the start time you will be paid for the full assignment.  If you arrive after the first hour of the assignment you will be paid for the actual time worked.  Regardless, you will be paid a minimum of a half day as per the collective agreement.  You will need to call this extension for each day you are interested in potential work through the “fail to fill” line and Anna will only contact you if an assignment has been found for you.  This is a pilot project for the month of March only.  The effectiveness of the program will be reviewed at the end of March and the decision to continue the program or not will be communicated prior to the beginning of April.

Brett Pinnell


Hello SCEOT members!                                                                             February 6, 2015

Please see the ON CALL February 2015 with specific information for SCEOT members.

Also, February Professional Learning Newsletter 2015 from Elena, your PL chair.

Lastly, please see the flyer for ETFOs Financial Health and Wealth Conference for Women FLYER FINAL  that is coming up in April!

Have a great weekend,


Yours in Education,

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                      January 27, 2015

ALL SCEOT members must be aware of the policies and advisories that have been published in regards to educators, teaching and the use of social media in the Board and our province.  Due to the vast number of documents, I have compiled them for you in this email for easy viewing.  In addition to these documents, I have recently reviewed APM 1350: Information and Computing Technology and Internet Appropriate Use Guidelines for Employees, which can be found on the Board Staff Website and I strongly recommend that you review it as well.

** To see links to all of the documents below, please go to the Important Documents tab on our website 🙂 **

*Cybertips for Teachers – CTF

* Defamatory Websites and Social Media Networking Pages – PRS

* Electronic Communication and Social Media – PRS

* Electronic Communication – PRS (ETFO)

* Practicing Caution – Guidelines for Electronic Communications – PRS

* Professional Advisory – Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media – OCT

* The Hidden Dangers of Electronic Communication – PRS

* Videotaping in the Classroom – PRS

Please read through all of these documents and be aware of professional advisories and Board policies. If you have difficulties reading any of the PRS bulletins, click here to find them on etfo.ca

Want more information or help to understand cyber safety and professional responsibility? Join us for an excellent technology in education workshop for SCEOT members, THIS Friday, January 30th from 1-3 at the SCEOT office.  Register on our website at sceot.org, or click on the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/org/4044767557?s=15025537


As mentioned in the January ON CALL, the Canadian Labour Congress is hosting Election Preparedness Conferences to assist members in understanding the importance of the upcoming Federal Elections and the impact our voting decisions can make on our country, communities and careers.  Knowledge and understanding are key concepts of any election and we would like you to have the opportunity to attend the conference held February 6th and 7th in Toronto, without putting a strain on your personal budget.  The first five members to express interest by responding to this email will be eligible to submit an invoice, with receipts and confirmation of registration and attendance, to the SCEOT local for mileage, hotel accommodation, Friday night dinner and Saturday morning breakfast, as per the ETFO Financial guidelines.  This is a copy of the schedule and how you are able to register for the event.  There are a wide variety of topics covered in the different workshop choices, so you can select the ones that are most relevant for you! Solidarity forever! Remember, your vote and your dedication are important in any political election, and this one has the potential for major impact (most likely negative) on education!

Should you have any questions, comments, ideas or you wish to attend the conference, please email me with your name and phone number and we can discuss further at that time.

Hope to see you there!

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                               January 20, 2015

We have created a member engagement survey because we want to hear from you! What do you want available for you as a SCEOT member? Now is your chance to tell us! Upon completion of the survey (which should take between 3-5 minutes) you will be eligible to complete an entry form for a draw to win $50.  Please complete the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MC2WDLZ by January 30th, 2015 at 4:00pm to be entered. Thank you in advance for participating! We look forward to implementing further learning opportunities and activities based on your responses!

Also, please see the ON CALL January 2015 with important information about a variety of things concerning you as an OT in SCDSB.

Please see January 2015 Johnson Insurance flyer for information as well!

Yours in Education,


January 15, 2015


  1. This is a reminder to sign up for the January 30th PD Day Professional Learning Session on Technology and Education, using our Eventbrite registration tool! https://www.eventbrite.ca/org/4044767557?s=15025537
  1. Also, there is an amazing opportunity for our Reptiles at Risk Newsletter workshop coming up in February! It’s going to be an excellent event!
  1. Please see the Duty to Report January 2015 document from your Health and Safety Representative, Robyn Ewert for important information on your professional duty when it comes to H and S in the workplace.
  1. Lastly, the successful applicants who are being added to the Elementary LTO List from the recent LTO List interviews, held in December, 2014 has been posted to the SCDSB Staff Website on the Human Resources page. (Sign in, click Board at top right, Departments on left, then Human Resources)

If your employee id is not listed, and you would like to request feedback, please send an email to Carrie Rumble at crumble@scdsb.on.ca indicating “Requesting Feedback

from LTO List Interview” in the email’s subject line.  Please also be sure to include your name and id number and contact information (where you can be contacted).  HR will then email the Administrators whom you were interviewed by, and they will then contact you to discuss your feedback.

 Yours in Education,


January 9, 2015

Please see the January Professional Learning Newsletter 2015

Hello SCEOT members!                                    December 19, 2014

Please find attached the December ON CALL newsletter.

ON CALL December 2014

You will also see a Johnson Insurance bulletin announcing a reduction in rates for members.

BULLETIN_ONT educators_final Johnsons

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015! Just a reminder that the office will be closed from 4:00pm Friday, December 19th until Monday, January 5th.  Should you have an emergency during this time, please contact ETFO at 1  888 838 3836 and ask to speak with a PRS on call staff person.  I will be responding to emails intermittently through the break or upon my return January 5th.  Thank you for your understanding.

See you in the new year!

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                                                                                             December 1, 2014

Just a quick reminder that I am seeking member assistance to participate in creating a survey for engaging and mobilizing SCEOT members as part of my Union School practicum.  If this opportunity interests you, please email me at sceotpres@hotmail.com and we will finalize details and arrange for you to be released for the day.

You will also see the December Professional Learning newsletter attached as well as this message below from your PL chair Elena about a PL opportunity!

December PL Newsletter

I would like to share information about an excellent opportunity to become involved in professional learning in Simcoe County. A Professional Learning Committee for Occasional Teachers is being created for the 2014-2015 school year. It is intended for this Committee to be active for 2014-2015, and if successful, continue to be active in following school years. The Committee will consist of Dean Maltby, Principal of West Bayfield E.S., Pamela Hamilton, Vice-Principal of West Bayfield E.S., Amy Chevis, SCEOT President, one Itinerant Resource Teacher, two Occasional Teacher representatives and myself. We are currently looking for one Daily Occasional and one LTO representative for this learning partnership. The Committee will be meeting one afternoon in January to discuss further the professional learning that will be offered in 2015. Please note that those attending the meeting will be provided with a half-day’s release pay. Please express your interest via email to sceotpd@hotmail.com before December 15th, 2014 and I will be in touch with you soon after! Thank you in advance! 

Elena Bukshtinovich
SCEOT Professional Learning Chair

Thank you and have a great week!

Yours in Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                       November 28, 2014

Attached, is your Health and Safety Forms Information sheet.  Please ensure you are completing these forms if any incidents occur in your classrooms. Please contact Robyn Ewert for further information or if you have completed a form healthandsafety@sceot.org

The LTO list interviews have been posted and the Board has informed me that there has been a change to the hiring practices. All members with an interview have had further information sent to their BOARD email account.  The information on interviews and scheduling can be found on the Board website at www.scdsb.on.ca – sign in to staff website and click on Board on the top right, click departments on the left, then click Human Resources and you will see this message:


Attached below is the list of applicants eligible for an interview for the

Elementary LTO List.  For applicants receiving an interview – please ensure you bring to

your interview, the names of 2 references (with at least one reference being a SCDSB Administrator.  If

you are currently working in an LTO or have recently completed an LTO – you will be required

to use your current or most recent Administrator)  

*IMPORTANT* Applicants being interviewed –

please ensure you check your SCDSB email account as soon as possible as further information

is being sent regarding the format of the interview.

If your name is on the list to receive an

interview but you did not receive an email (to your SCDSB email) with further information

regarding the format of the interview – please contact Carrie Rumble as soon as possible

at crumble@scdsb.on.ca

Interviews will occur between December 8th – 19th, 2014.  Applicants recommended to the Elementary LTO List will be posted

on the staff website only after all interviews have been completed, and once all references are completed (approximately the

end of January, 2015).

Yours in Education,


Dear SCEOT members!                                                                                                                                                                                              November 24, 2014

We are pleased to send to you our first Health and Safety Newsletter, providing you with a quick synopsis of extremely important issues that you may face at school everyday! Please see the attached newsletter that includes a link and list to all of the necessary forms you may need to use as well as the PRS bulletin from ETFO on the Safe Schools Act.  All of this information is also available on our website at www.sceot.org

Knowing your rights and responsibilities is YOUR job! Be sure you know and understand and ALWAYS feel free to contact our Health and Safety Representative, Robyn Ewert, healthandsafety@sceot.org  should you have any further questions!

HS Bulletin Fall 2014 (2)


November 18, 2014

The LTO roster interviews are open again for SCDSB in Apply to Education! If you have worked for 10 teaching months and 20 full days in that 10 months (first day worked is November 21, 2013 or prior to that date), you are eligible and will be granted an interview as per Regulation 274.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.


November 13, 2014

November PL Newsletter


November 4, 2014

Hello SCEOT members,

November ON CALL is also attached and has many important topics included in the newsletter.

ON CALL November 2014

Finally, the attached Johnson Insurance flyer for your information.

Have a great week!


October 7, 2014

Hello SCEOT members!

SCEOT RATIFICATION VOTE for Preliminary Submission for Local Bargaining 2014

WHEN: Thursday October 23, 2014 at 5 pm

WHERE: SCETF Office at 351 King Street Unit 3, Barrie, ON

Please bring your ID and ETFO card with you!

Below, you will find the attached October ON CALL full of pertinent information for Simcoe County Occasional Teachers!

ON CALL October 2014


September 16, 2014


Welcome back to the new school year!!

Please IGNORE the previous email sent Friday afternoon and my sincerest apologies for the delay in sending out the ON CALL.

Due to emailing limitations, we will not be able to make the swich to the new email address.  Please continue to use sceotpres@hotmail.com and you will continue to receive email communication from that account as well.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

Attached, you will find the first ON CALL, which you will also be receiving in the mail with the 2014-2015 pocket and wallet calendars in the next week or so!  Below, you will find the first newsletter from our PL Chair, Elena Bukshtinovich along with the individual posters, which are attached as well.  They are also available on our website at sceot.org.

ON CALL Sept 2014


PL Newsletter September 16, 2014

Hello SCEOT Members and fellow life-long learners!

We have some very exciting Professional Learning opportunities that I would love to communicate to you about.

If you are interested in attending, please access Event Brite via this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/org/4044767557?s=15025537

Art for the Occasional Teacher

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 pm to 8 pm

SCEOT office located at 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst

We All Live on Turtle Island

Monday, November 10, 2014

5 pm to 8 pm

SCEOT office located at 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst

I am also attaching the flyers with further information about each workshop.  September 2014 PL Newsletter

We are excited to see you and look forward to your input if there are PL opportunities that you are interested in!



Amy Chevis


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                             September 2013

Attached you will find a number of items:

  1. All agreed to items for our Collective Agreement (we are still using the 2008-2012 Collective Agreement, along with the agreed to items) (On website under CA page)
  2. September 2013 ON CALL (located on our website as well)
  3. VLAP days FAQ (on website under CA page)
  4. Reg 274 Info Pages (on website under CA page)


Please keep an eye on the website as it is updated to contain the most current information and includes many answers to the questions I receive on a regular basis. Should you have any ideas, comments or concerns about the contents on our website, please email sceotpres@hotmail.com

***  SCARRI has returned call out times to begin at 6am and last call out at 10pm.

Lastly, pocket calendars and wallet size calendars have been sent to print and will be mailed out next week.

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis


Hello SCEOT members!                                                                                                 November 4, 2013

I have lots of information for you in this email so please read thoroughly!

  1.  ON CALL #2 attached (on ON CALL page on website)
  2. Overview of Bill 122

LTO Roster Seniority List

The LTO Roster seniority list has been recompiled and posted on the board website under HR as per Reg 274.  It is in proper order, with names and numbers for easily identifying where you are on the list! I hope this helps!

* I also hope to see the list open again soon, however do not have any specific dates from the Board at this time!

BMS Training for OTs

I have been inquiring with the board about training OTs for BMS.  Before we go ahead and decide on how we may go about this, I wanted to know what kind of interest we would be looking at.  If you are interested in training in BMS, please email sceotpres@hotmail.com with BMS training in the subject line.  We may have the opportunity to add summer sessions as well, if you would be interested in attending a summer BMS training session, please indicate that in the email as well.

Trillium Lakelands needs OTs for certain areas

Lastly, I received an email from the OT President of Trillium Lakelands and their board is having difficulties filling supply teachers in the area of Honey Harbour and Port Carling and they have extended a ‘special considerations’ invite to OTs on our list who may live close enough to consider driving to those schools (probably Midland area?!) Normally, they require OTs to commit to a minimum of four schools, however they are willing to consider a few who will only be able to commit to one or two schools!  Should this be of interest to you, please contact HR at Trillium Lakelands and speak to Earl Manners.  You can inform HR that Tracey Blodgett, the OT President suggested you call.

If you have any further questions, as always, feel free to call the office (705) 725 0316 or email me at sceotpres@hotmail.com

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                                                                              November 14, 2013

Two things:

1)      Interested in an Environmental PD opportunity?? We have the opportunity to have 30 OTs participate in an Earth Day workshop and can commit to one afternoon/evening on April 22nd. The workshop will consist of two out of the three following workshops:

1. “Who am I” – a workshop aimed at identification of elements of the natural world.

2. “When it rains, it pours” – a workshop aimed at awareness about water and local watersheds.

3. School gardening/ composting program – a workshop aimed at how to develop an interactive school gardening program that works even in schools with limited yard space and resources.

Should this be of interest to you, please email Ariana Whitman at ariana_marie_whitman@hotmail.com prior to December 1, 2013 indicating your interest to participate and the two workshops you would prefer.  Thanks in advance!

2)      This message is for anyone on the LTO roster or currently in an LTO! Please go to the Board Website Professional Development Staff Registration tool to sign up for a professional development opportunity on the new OT Evaluation as per Reg 274.  They will be afternoon, paid sessions, offered in each area of schools near the end of November.  Should you have any questions, please contact Amy Chevis via email or phone the office (705) 725 0316.

As always, keep checking the website for details on a variety of things, I update it regularly!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                              December 2, 2013

Please see the attached ON CALL and below for important information!

ON CALL December 2013

  1. PERSONAL DAY ABSENCE (SCARRI CODE 74) IS available for OT members with an LTO (one per year and will come from 5 supplemental days)! This was finalized November 28, 2013.

When a Personal Day Can Be Used for SCEOT and SCETF members:

a)   As per Article 19.06 (i) of the SCETF Schedule A, a personal day shall not be used or granted to extend any holiday periods including Christmas, March Break and Summer Vacation.

For clarity, SCETF’s position is that a personal day cannot be taken in the 2013-2014 school year on the following dates:  January 6, 2014, March 7, 2014 (if this day is a paid day), March 17, 2014 and June 27th, 2014.

b) Nothing prevents a Teacher from using a personal day immediately before or after a statutory holiday.

c)   Nothing prevents a Teacher from scheduling a personal day immediately before or after a Voluntary Unpaid Leave of Absence Program (VLAP) day including where the VLAP day(s) is taken immediately before or after a holiday period.

2. LTO ROSTER will be open this week with interviews to begin in early January! More details to come, once I have them!

3. Inclement Weather – you must be cancelled via SCARRI 75 minutes prior to start time or you are expected to show up and will be paid.  A ‘special instruction’ via SCARRI is not sufficient and should be ignored.  Should you encounter this for any school, please let me know so we can have it removed immediately.

4. LTOs are expected to work Dec 20th and will be paid (March 7th too!!)

5. Aggressive Incident Forms should be sent to sceotpres@hotmail.com as well as submitted to administrators.

6. Please help us gather important research information by filling out this survey after        December 6th, 2013!


7. Check your pay stub to ensure proper years’ experience, QECO category and number of days paid regularly to avoid disappointment.

This and much more in the attached ON CALL!!!


Hello SCEOT members!                                                                                 December 19, 2013

Just a few updates prior to the holidays!

1. An OCT (Ontario College of Teachers) Update!

OCT has recently announced a fee increase for teachers of almost 9%!! This means, our fees will be $150 a year starting in 2014.  Should you wish to express your concerns to OCT over this increase, please email info@oct.ca  to let the College know how you feel.  You may also use the ETFO tool for emailing the College about the fee increase, which can be found here on the ETFO website:


There is also a link under highlights on the home page at www.etfo.ca.

Please send a message to CEO & Registrar Michael Salvatori and/or Council Chair Liz Papadopoulos to express your concerns over the increases.

For more information on the budget, you may go to http://www.oct.ca/public/media/announcements/budget2014

2. LTO interviews will begin in January 2014.  The list of interview locations will on the website in the first two weeks back in January and administrators will be contacting you to set up the actual interview time.

3. The SCEOT Office will be closed at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013 and will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

The ETFO Provincial office will also be closed over the holidays, however, the Emergency Legal Assistance system (888 838 3836) for ETFO will be operational over the holiday period to respond to critical calls only. Their general mailbox will be checked daily and an effort will be made to return critical calls within 24 hours. Non-critical calls will be responded to after the holiday.

The SCEOT Executive wants to extend best wishes to you and your family for a joyous and restful holiday season.

See you in 2014!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!!                                                                                            January 15, 2014


Protest the OCT fee increase!

Have you all filled out an email to OCT to make your voice heard on the fee increase?  ETFO has a template set up! Visit http://www.etfo.ca/advocacyandaction/OCTFeeIncrease/Pages/default.aspx

LTO Roster Interview Locations are posted

LTO Roster interview LOCATIONS have been posted with ID numbers on the board website under HR page, part way down in blue font, just under the secondary info, written in black. If you meet the 10 teaching months (started prior to Dec 6, 2012) and 20 full assignment criteria then you WILL get an interview.

The list will show your ID and the school location where you will have your interview.  Administrators from the schools will be contacting you via phone in the very near future, using the contact information you provided on your resume on Apply to Education.  Please be sure to check your voicemail and get back to admin ASAP to schedule your interview.  If your contact information on your resume was not up to date, you need to call or email the administrator from the school with the correct information.  I wish you all the best in your interviews! If you have any questions, please call the office or email me J

For those members who began work after December 2, 2012, and have not yet qualified for an interview,  I will send an email to all members the next time the list is opened up for LTO roster interviews, however there is no discussion of when that might be at this time.

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                                                                                                                      January 21, 2014

Please see the attached items:

Johnson Jan 2014 mailout

ON CALL Jan 2014


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                                                                                                    February 4, 2014

*** I DO APOLOGIZE, the first email sent out had the wrong dates!!! ***

The Board has notified the Local that high daily OT coverage is anticipated for February 20th and February 21st and we wanted to make members aware of the high volume of jobs that are now being inputted into SCARRI.  We hope that members will be able to take advantage of this opportunity for employment!

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!!                                                                                                            February 25, 2014

** GREAT NEWS! The LTO Roster has FINALLY been updated.  The information can be found on the Board website under HR.

** Don’t forget to check out our website at www.sceot.org for many answers to common questions, comments and concerns that SCDSB Occasional Teachers face on a regular basis! We update it regularly with everything from the most current of information to fun pictures, resources and professional development opportunities!!

Attached you will find the February ON CALL and the elections policy and nomination forms and process we will be following for this year’s Annual Meeting and Elections.  You will also receive a paper copy of these documents in the mail in the next few days! This will be the last hardcopy ON CALL mail out unless you specifically request to receive paper copies in the future (or we send the calendar at the beginning of the year).  We thank you for your time and consideration and would love to see you attend our Annual Meeting as well as get involved with your Local.

ON CALL February 2014

SCEOT Elections Information 2014

Hope to see you there!

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                                                                     April 28, 2014

Please see the attached ON CALL and Johnson Insurance newsletter!

ON CALL April 2014


Have a great week!


HELLO SCEOT members!                                                                                               May 6, 2014

Here are a few updates since the last ON CALL was sent out!

1. As mentioned in the April ON CALL we have created a survey to assist our Collective Bargaining team in compiling our preliminary submission for negotiations. This round of bargaining has changed due to Bill 122 – the Collective Bargaining Act, which includes two tiered bargaining.  Due to these new parameters, we are asking members for input on local items only, not those that are financially related as this will be negotiated at the central table.  For further information on Bill 122, please go to etfo.ca.

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY ASAP! It will be closed on May 14th, 2014.


2. Elections at the Annual Meeting May 13, 2014

We encourage all of you to come out to our Annual Meeting on May 13, 2014 at 5:00pm at our office at 1110 Hwy 26, Midhurst, ON, the building beside the Education Centre. Please pre-register by emailing sceotpres@hotmail.com, using our website form at www.sceot.org or by calling the office 705 725 0316 by May 9, 2014 so we can ensure we have enough dinner for everyone! See you Tuesday!

3. The following nominations have come forward for the SCEOT Local Executive 2014-2016

Amy Chevis – President (acclaimed)

Susan Michaud – Vice President (acclaimed)

Michael Shillolo – Treasurer (acclaimed)

Miriam Schembri – Secretary (acclaimed)

Barry Caldwell – Collective Bargaining Chair (acclaimed)

Barbara Gunn – Status of Woman/Equity and Social Justice Chair (acclaimed)

Elena Bukshtinovich – Professional Learning Chair (acclaimed)

Robyn Ewert – Health and Safety (acclaimed)

Unfilled – Political Action/Public Relations Chair

4. OT Emails

All OTs now have a personal scdsb email account.  You will be expected to check it regularly and should have received the information in the mail about accessing your new account.

5. Elections 2014

We have a provincial election coming June 12, 2014 and we need you to get out and vote!! How might the elections affect our profession?  We need to work together in solidarity to ensure we are building better schools in Ontario! We would like to talk to each and every one of you about this and will be scheduling election discussion meetings at different parks/beaches and anywhere else that members want us to be! Do you have a great place in mind? Let us know!  I will send an all member email once we have finalized the details! Hope to see you there!

6. SCARRI call out times

Last year, we had the times changed to start calling at 5:30 am during part of the year.  This request is being asked again by the Board and I want to hear from you.  Are you in agreement to a 5:30am start time again? Email me at sceotpres@hotmail.com with your thoughts! Thanks!

7. EI codes should be out next month and I will include the code in the final ON CALL of this school year.

As always, if you have any questions, let me know!

Yours in Education,

Amy Chevis


HELLO SCEOT members!!                                                                             May 14, 2014

Just a quick update to let you know that the posting for LTO roster interviews is now on Apply to Education and interviews will be taking place the last week of May, first week of June.  You MUST have been on the SCDSB supply list since May 21, 2013 or you will not meet the criteria for an interview as per Regulation 274.  Just so you know, the secondary LTO roster interviews are posted as well!

Secondly, with the June 12th elections approaching, I wanted to ensure you are all aware that we have a fellow colleague running for the Liberal seat in Barrie! I will be supporting Ann Hoggarth wholeheartedly throughout this campaign and election and I hope all of you will join me in assisting in any way you can, specifically, in getting out and voting and getting a few neighbours, friends or colleagues out to vote as well!! Please contact me ASAP if you wish to get involved too!! Election meetings will be taking place the last week in May, first week in June and we hope to see you there!  There will be prizes for all SCDSB OTs who attend and there will be one draw for a car safety kit, courtesy of Johnson Insurance, from the names of all OTs who attend any one of the meetings we schedule!

An all member email will be sent once we have finalized the details!

Last but not least, the website will be updated with all annual meeting documents by the end of the week.

In Solidarity,


Hello SCEOT members!                                                                                                                                                                                                                        May 22, 2014

ON CALL May 2014

Election Meetings May 2014

Election Involvement Survey 2014

ETFO advisory May 22 2014

This email includes the May ON CALL, upcoming election meeting information, election involvement survey and an attached ETFO advisory on the EQAO questionnaire. Please read thoroughly and as always, don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Yours in Education,
HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                                                                                                                                           May 27, 2014

1. Interviews for LTO roster are now posted on the Board website under the HR section! Be sure to check for your interview time if you applied to the posting J

2. If you have met the Regulation 274 criteria for the LTO roster interviews (10 months on the list and 20 full days worked during a 10 month period) and you DO NOT have SCDSB references you CAN still apply!! The Board would prefer admin from SCDSB, however it will not prevent you from getting an interview so please be sure to apply the next time the posting is open.  I have heard some confusion on this from a few members and wanted to clarify!

3. As per the email sent to your Board email accounts, we have been dealing with a number of unfilled teaching positions in the elementary panel.  In an effort to reduce the number of unfilled positions, I suggested the creation of a “Fail to Fill” line similar to a process used with another school board in the province.  Effective Monday, June 2, 2014, if you have not received a call from SCARRI by 6:30 a.m. and you are interested in working you may contact Anna Kennedy on a daily basis at extension 11273 and leave a message with the following information: Name, ID#, phone number and the weather zone(s)(see attachment) you are willing to work within.  Should you accept a position through a call from SCARRI, you will need to call extension 11273  again to remove your name from the “fail to fill” list.  If you have accepted a half day assignment, you may also call this extension and provide the info listed above as well as the end time (if a morning assignment) or start time if you have accepted an afternoon assignment as Anna will attempt to find you another half day assignment that aligns with your current half day assignment.  Note:  If you arrive for your “fail to fill” assignment within 1 hour of the start time you will be paid for the full assignment.  If you arrive after the first hour of the assignment you will be paid for the actual time worked.  Regardless, you will be paid a minimum of a half day as per the collective agreement.  You will need to call this extension for each day you are interested in potential work through the “fail to fill” line and Anna will only contact you if an assignment has been found for you.  This is a pilot project for the month of June only.  The effectiveness of the program will be reviewed at the end of June and the decision to continue the program or not will be communicated prior to September.

4. Also wanted to remind you of the requirement to contact the administrator of the school in addition to SCARRI if you are cancelling your assignment on the day of the assignment.  Failure to do so may result in discipline.

5. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!! June 12th! All info can be found at wemakevotingeasy.ca

Yours in Education,


Hello Members:                                                                                                                                                                                         May 28 2014

Due to a lack of interest in the election meet-ups at various locations in the county, we are cancelling the dates.   Unfortunately, we had no-shows for our first two meet-ups in Barrie and Collingwood so subsequent dates/locations have been cancelled.  We still encourage you to be informed about the candidates and issues in your riding and to get out and vote on June 12th!  If you would like to help out with the campaign, you will have paid release time!  Contact Miriam Schembri, Political Action Chair, 705-725-3016

Advanced Polls are MAY 31st!!! Get out and vote and skip the lineups on the 12th!!!


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                     June 2, 2014

The upcoming Provincial election has the potential of having a dramatic and negative impact on education and could have MAJOR consequences on your future careers as both OTs and permanent teachers!

Tim Hudak is proposing the loss of 19000 jobs in the education sector, 9000 of those being teachers in our province! This could ultimately result in years of recuperating and placing all redundant and surplus teachers into LTO positions!

We need you to GET OUT AND VOTE!!

I want to recognize the fact that the Liberal party did attack us with draconian legislation and WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN, however, in order to ensure we don’t see a disaster 10 times worse than the Harris years, we need to be strategic and vote to beat out the conservatives!  A Hudak government will hurt our schools, our communities and our province as a whole and we simply CANT LET THAT HAPPEN!!! What McGuinty did was disgusting and unprecedented and he did it secretly.  If Hudak is using the job cuts as his platform, what other disastrous ideas does he have in mind?

We want each member to make informed decisions and to understand what this election could do to their lives! There are many available options for reading up on candidates in your ridings and I encourage you to check out the websites and platforms on their own pages or by using the links available at ETFO.ca, Barrie Labour Council website and SCETF website! Again, we find ourselves having to stand together in solidarity!

In past elections, 50% of our provincial population did not vote! That being said, ridings that have been previously won by a very large number of votes, could easily be overthrown if Ontario speaks up and CHOOSES the government that will move us forward, not back!

As Occasional Teachers, we are the most vulnerable in the education sector as we don’t have contracts or the peace of mind of guaranteed work and we will be placed at the very back of the line when it comes to obtaining jobs!

We need you, your voice and your help in getting others out to vote and in getting the message out there that a Conservative government will be detrimental to Ontario residents!

Advanced polls began May 31st and Election Day is June 12th! Your voter cards should be in the mail by now and if you did not receive one, please check out http://www.wemakevotingeasy.ca/ for all of the information you need in regards to voting!


Yours in Solidarity and Education,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS                                                                               June 4th, 2014

1. I voted already, have you?! Advanced polls open until Friday, otherwise you’ll have to wait until June 12th

2. LTO PD Session scheduled at West Bayfield has been postponed until June 18th from 1-3.  Please see the Board Registration tool if you wish to sign up!!

3. Crafters Weekend hosted by SCETF and SCEOT will be held June 14th! See our website under the events page for registration details!

4.  Workplace violence survey! Help gather important data by completing the survey at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork

5. Check out the updated website http://www.sceot.org/, many new events and other information has just been added!

Yours in Solidarity,


HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS!                                                                                                              June 12, 2014


External Contracts are POSTED!!! LTOs to come next week!!

Also, just a reminder that it is the Boards expectation that you complete the following ASAP:

1. Offence Declaration – Board staff website > Payroll Portal > Offences > Declaration

2. AODA Training and Declaration – Board staff website > Departments (on left hand side) > Human Resources > Forms > bottom left hand side under training.

3. Health and Safety Training and Declaration – Board staff website > Corporate Risk (on left hand side) > Training video and declaration can be found there.

Lastly, just a reminder to be checking your SCARRI SFX on the staff website regularly to ensure your assignments worked are validated on time and you are paid accordingly.

Have a great week!  The next ON CALL will be out next week!

Yours in Solidarity,

June 16, 2014

HELLO SCEOT MEMBERS! Please see the attached ON CALL

ON CALL June 2014


Hello SCEOT members!                                                                                                 June 20, 2014

A few more updates for you!

1. The OT picnic scheduled for June 26th has not had many registrations so if you plan on coming please register ASAP! If we do not have the numbers necessary by Monday, we will unfortunately have to cancel.

2. The Fail to Fill line has been up and running since June but there few people accessing it.  If you have not received a call from SCARRI by 6:30 a.m. and you are interested in working you may contact Anna Kennedy on a daily basis at extension 11273 and leave a message with the following information: Name, ID#, phone number and the weather zone(s)(see attachment) you are willing to work within.  Should you accept a position through a call from SCARRI, you will need to call extension 11273  again to remove your name from the “fail to fill” list.

3. The LTO roster is updated and can be found on the Staff Website, HR page!

4.  Please see attached ETFO Advisory to Members on EQAO Marking June 2014

5. Please see attached Reporting Violent Incidents 2014 Board Memo

6. Please see attached Johnson June 2014 Johnson Insurance information

7. Please REMEMBER, the office will be closed as of next Friday so ask any questions and raise any comments or concerns prior to the 27th!


Yours in Education,

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