Wednesday, September 27, 2017

LTOs and Sept 29 PD Day; Microsoft Office 365; Next paid PD Opportunity

The LTOs responsibilities on PD Days
There is still confusion regarding LTOs responsibilities on PD Days though the Collective Agreement is clear:
L20.03 A Long-Term Occasional Teacher who is scheduled to work when there is a Professional Activity Day will be paid for the day and will be required to participate in the scheduled professional activity sessions, pro-rated according to the FTE of the assignment.
For example a .5 FTE would stay for half the day and be paid grid rate for that participation. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further clarification.
Farewell to First Class
TVDSB is transitioning from First Class to Microsoft Office 365 as a corporate email platform so please review the O365 Tip Sheets posted in the Employee Portal in order to facilitate this transition.
After November 6, 2017, First Class will only be accessible as a digital filing cabinet from which users can print past communications as of November 6, 2017.  Please note that Swap Shop will also cease to exist at that time as well.
Did you Realize that Missing your Paid PD cost you over $200 each day?
Daily OTs have opportunity to gain a day of pay plus seniority credit, EI credit, and pension credit when they participate in any of the Boards paid PA day opportunities.
- Three days have been negotiated for this year but a half day must be reserved for mandatory training which is posted each spring
- Participation in these days counts towards the 10 full days needed to remain on the elementary OT Roster
- LTOs are eligible to attend if their assignment is less than .5
- Registration is via the Employee Portal under “Conference/Session Registrations” Elementary Occasional Teacher PD (2017 – 2018)
- Sessions are already in place for September, October and November Board PD Days
Meeting of Provincial Occasional Teacher Local Presidents
Your Local was pleased to have the privilege of hosting the most recent meeting of Provincial Occasional Teacher Local Presidents (POTs) meeting in London from September 24 - 26th. Twenty-three Occasional Teacher Locals from all parts of the province met to discuss matters of mutual concern.  Participants donated almost $500.00 to our Local charity, Merrymount Family and Children's Crisis Center and several of us had the privilege to visit the striking workers of Unifor #88 at the CAMI Plant in Ingersoll.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


We are pleased at how well received the PLDF subsidy program has been and all the members who are using it. We continue to receive numerous applications and ask that you pay attention to the requirements stipulated at the top of the Form to avoid disappointment and ensure adequate fund allocation for your course.
The 2017-2018 Application Form can be found on the ETFO - TVOT website under Member Services.

As always, do not hesitate to contact the TVOT office should you have any questions or require any further information!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Paid PD Opportunity: Copyright Rules, Professional Learning Development and Book Rebate Subsidy Programs & Pocket Calendars

TVDSB offers first Paid PD Event of the School Year
Registration opens on the Employee Portal Friday morning for the first paid PD event of 2017 - 2018. Participation counts as a day of work and as one of the required 10 days to remain on the OT Roster.  Spots go quickly so if you are a daily OT or in a LTO assignment of less than .5, don't leave this money on the table.

Unsure about the copyright rules for Teachers in Canada?
Find the answers at - a clear easy to use site that will enable you to confidently share information with your students.


We are very pleased to advise we will be offering the Professional Learning Development Fund and Book Rebate Professional Development Programs to our members this year.
2017-2018 Application Forms can be found on the ETFO-TVOT website: under Member Services - Useful Documents.


2017-2018 Pocket Calendars are at the Printers and will be mailed out to all Thames Valley Occasional Teachers - (the Local does not get access to the mailing list until the middle of September so that is why we included September 2017 in last year's edition.) Please ensure your address is up to date on the Employee Portal, with any unit/apartment/suite numbers listed on the same line as the street address to ensure prompt delivery.
i.e. #8 - 521 Nottinghill Road.


As always we are here for you, please don't hesitate to contact your Local with any questions or concerns and make certain to register at so that we can keep you apprised of Board deadlines and PD opportunities.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome Back and the first paid PD Opportunity of the year etal

Welcome back to all ETFO-TVOT members.  We hope you had a lovely summer break and are ready to get back to the classroom.
Your Executive has been busy planning PD for you and further information will be sent out via email.  It is important that you have an account set up on the ETFO-TVOT website so you will not miss out on any important information.  Go to to create your account.  Please use your personal email address as it is inappropriate to use the Board's First Class for Union business nor is it private.  
If you know of anyone who has not yet set up their accounts, please advise them it is in their best interests to stay informed and connected.  

Earn on September 29th: Look on the TVDSB Employee Portal on Friday to register for an extra day of pay for those who participate in paid professional development on September 29th. Check it out! The day counts for all purposes as a day of work.

TVARRIS has undergone some changes over the summer so be sure to check you profile to  update your schedule and school selections.  September is typically slower so now is a good time.

Corissa Parker will be taking over from newly retired Sandi Douglas in Human Resources at TVDSB.  Your Executive wishes her all the best and look forward to working with her this coming school year.