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February Calendar of Events

Dallas ISD Inclement Weather Policy

2/6/16

Notification:

Dallas ISD STEM Day

For more info & registration:
http://dallasisd.org/stemday

2/11/16

DISD Board Briefing-11:30 a.m.

2/16/16

DCS Board Meeting @ 1 p.m.

2/20/16

Region 4D House of Delegates
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Charco Broiler Steak House
413 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208

2/25/16
2/26/16
2/27/16

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close
schools will be made no later than 6 a.m. on the day in question
and communicated as soon as possible to parents/guardians
and staff in several ways:

schools are to be open or closed. The stations will
then broadcast this information to the public.

Dallas County Schools Training &
Technology Building
5151 Samuell Blvd.
Dallas, TX

NEA-Dallas
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
Dallas, Texas 75206

www.neadallas.com
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
[Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

Malinda McKee
TSTA Staff
(214) 923-2768 – cell
malindam@tsta.org

E.J. Stewart
Office Manager
(214) 821-2061
officemanager@logixonline.com

Automated phone calls stating whether schools
are to be open or closed are made as soon as

NEWSLETTER

FEB. 2016

has current phone numbers.

Looking Forward to Region 4D
House of Delegates

The information is posted on the districts Web site

By NEA-Dallas

possible to parents and staff for whom the district

Read Across America

NEA Student Convening

The district will call local radio and television

“SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU,
BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.”

stations by 6 a.m. to inform them whether or not

DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
Herbert Marcus Elementary School

TO SUBSCRIBER NAME:

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
President
Angela Davis
Vice President
Mary D. Smith
VP of Teacher Affairs
Delna Bryan
VP of DISD ESPs
Sheila Walker
VP of DCS ESPs
John Luster
Secretary
Diane Birdwell
Treasurer
Peggy Rodgers-Pickron

IN THIS ISSUE:
A Message from the President
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The DCS Attendance Bonus Program
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at www.dallasisd.org.

A recorded message is placed on the districts

We are excited and ready to go with all of the delegates that were

information line at (972) 925-3700.

voted on at last month’s General Membership Meeting! Our Region
4D HoD will be held February 20, 2016 here in Dallas, TX. Our

Once schools are open for the day, classes are held for the

TSTA HoD will be held in El Paso, TX this year from April 8-9, 2016

entire school day so as to not inconvenience working parents

at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center. There is a

or disrupt the learning environment.

coach bus that has been reserved for this trip and is on a first-come,

Procedure:

AR Spotlight
Find out why JAY FREDERICK & MARGARET PULLINGS
were chosen to be in the spotlight as Association
Representatives for their worksites and being the “go-to”
people for fellow members.

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first-served basis. The final HoD is the NEA Representative

Did You Know / Tips & Tricks

Assembly that will be held from July 2nd-7th in the wonderful city of

Helpful information and tips.

Classes will not be held if it is determined that buses are

Washington, D.C. The NEA RA is the world’s largest democratic

unable to operate safely; if electric service at schools is

decision-making body with upwards of 9,000 delegates in

disrupted; or if natural gas to schools is curtailed.

attendance from all over the United States and the world.

Calendar of Events

The procedure for making the decision to close schools begins early

We look forward to having our delegates in attendance for these

in the morning when school personnel in each area of the city drive

events. The future of the organization will be decided there, and

See what is coming up this month in meetings and events.
Don’t miss out!

the streets near the neighborhood schools to check road conditions.

each of them will have a vote! This is one of the best ways to

Personnel confer with the weather bureau, police department, and

become involved in YOUR organization. We are so glad you

Inclement Weather Policy

gas and utility companies about forecasts, road conditions, and

decided to be a part of it this year!

Dallas ISD policy on Inclement Weather days & what to
expect for notification and procedures.

available energy for heating the buildings. The findings are reported
to the superintendent of schools, who makes the final decision to
open or close schools.

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A Message from the President
By Angela Davis

We are well on our
way into 2016 and the
second semester. I am
hoping
you
are
continually reminded
what an integral part
you play in the life of
each Dallas ISD student. You are inspiring
our future leaders and teachers! We want
each of our members to know we are partners
in your efforts to provide the students of
DISD the safe, positive public education
experience they deserve.
We would also like to provide you with an
update regarding the TEI Class Action
Grievance that NEA-Dallas & participants
brought against Dallas ISD, citing the
system lacked transparency and clarity. The
Level II hearing was conducted on December
8th, at which time the district requested
additional time to review all the documents
presented. NEA-Dallas & TSTA attorneys
granted the request for the extension. We
received the Level II decision from the
district on January 19th which was to deny
almost all aspects of the class action
grievance. After meeting with the TSTA
attorneys and discussing the district’s
decision, we proceeded with following the
next step of filing a Level III. This hearing
is scheduled to be heard by the Dallas ISD
Board on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at
9:00 a.m. in the Dallas ISD Administration
Board Room.

FEBRUARY 2016 AR SPOTLIGHT
Is shining on:

The DCS Stipend
As an incentive to reduce
absenteeism,
DCS
has
Attendance
implemented
an
Attendance
Bonus Program
Bonus Program for drivers,
monitors,
and
crossing
guards. The program is based solely on the employee’s
attendance. The amount of these bonuses will be
determined annually by the Superintendent or his designee.
DCS Policy 12/019:
Attendance Bonus
Program
(b) Attendance for the purpose of this bonus is
defined as not missing more than ten shifts
(AM, mid-day, or PM) in a year, Jury Duty,
bereavement leave, assault leave, workers’
compensation leave, FMLA leave, other
medical leave approved by the Extended
Leave Committee, approved professional
leave, and military leave will not count as
missed shifts for this purpose. Missing any
portion of a shift (AM, mid-day, or PM), which
results in another employee covering all or
part of the shift, will count as a missed shift for
this purpose.

In addition to the bonus above,
drivers and monitors who
Additional
complete the entire school
Bonus
year without missing a single
day or portion of a day (without
regard to the exceptions and proration used in the incentive
bonus criteria) will be eligible for an additional perfect
attendance bonus in an amount determined by the
Superintendent or his designee.
Starting October 1, 2015, all drivers and/or monitors who
were employed by 9/15/15 and have “Perfect Attendance,”
with no exceptions, through the last day of school, will
receive an additional bonus to be paid in June 2016.
Drivers
$868
MPV Drivers
$718
Monitors
$652


JAY FREDERICK - Molina HS/Teacher
MARGARET PULLINGS - Pat Raney SC/Driver

DISD AR: Jay Frederick was
selected this month because he is
always going above and beyond
in his AR member advocacy by
becoming the link between the
member & the organization. He
continues to introduce new members to NEA-Dallas and
share with them the opportunity to be part of an organization
he believes in.
DCS AR: Margaret Pullings is
one of our ARs at the Pat Raney
Service Center. She is very active
in her organization and plays a vital
part in the relationship between her
worksite and the NEA-Dallas office. We can count on her to
keep us aware of issues going on, as well as share
successes they have experienced. She also knows how
important it is for Dallas County Schools employees to know
their rights according to policy. As a member and AR, she is
an asset to both Dallas County Schools and NEA-Dallas.
NEA-Dallas thanks you for all you do!

Just because you retire does not mean your dues
automatically stop at the Dallas ISD or DCS payroll
department. Please call our office to fill out a cancellation
form to permanently stop the deduction of your dues.
Call our office at 214-821-2061 for a form.
You can look up any Dallas ISD or Dallas County Schools
Board Policy online? Go to dallaisd.org or dcschools.com
& search any board policy.