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Sharon Public Schools Collective Bargaining Agreement

Sharon`s teachers agreed to end their work stoppage because the union reached an agreement with the school district. “We are pleased for our students that, for the first time in six months, they are entering their schools and being with their classmates and teachers,” said Judy Crosby, Chair of the Sharon School Committee. As part of the agreement, the Sharon Teachers Association acknowledged that its refusal to enter Sharon schools over the past three days was a violation of state law prohibiting strikes by public employees. “As part of the agreement, the Sharon Teachers Association has acknowledged that its refusal to enter Sharon schools over the past three days was a violation of state law prohibiting strikes by public employees,” Judy Crosby, chair of the Sharon School Commission, said Friday. The five Sharon schools will take place on Wednesday, September 16, open with distance learning by teachers from their classrooms. The first day of personal teaching is Thursday, Sept.17. The district has planned in-service teacher training in its buildings until Tuesday. “We`ve always said our schools are safe for students and staff,” Crosby said. “Sharon still has a low case of Covid-19. Our health and safety plan requires everyone to wear masks in our schools, has set up classrooms that comply with social distancing policies, and encourages hand washing. It has always been about serving our students.

Once back in the classroom, we will be able to meet their educational, social and emotional needs. In a brief phone interview Wednesday, Crosby declined to comment on why the board voted against continuing Greer`s leadership in schools, which were historically among the state`s successful public systems. The controversy came when schools reopened in Sharon on Wednesday, after teachers questioned whether school buildings would offer safe employment during the coronavirus pandemic. The Sharon Teachers Association and the city`s school committee reached the agreement late Thursday, after a hearing was held before the state`s labor committee on the petition. The borough agreed to withdraw its request for a strike investigation as part of the agreement. “We have done our best and we will continue the fight here until the schools are safe,” said Bernadette Murphy, president of the Sharon Teachers Association. “We`ve always said our schools are safe for students and staff,” Crosby said, noting that Sharon continues to have a low case of COVID-19. Classes are expected to start next week and teachers will be working from their classrooms starting this Friday, before blended learning begins in the year. Some students showed their support for the teachers by standing in front of the high school and holding signs they defended. The union agreed to follow the borough`s decision to begin teaching under a blended learning model, where students are divided into groups, with half personally participating in classes for two days and for two days remotely. On Wednesday every week, there will be distance learning for all students.

Teachers were back in the buildings on Friday to train them. – Download our free apps for your phone and Smart TV “It`s clear that teachers don`t feel safe and they should have the same options as us as students,” Farrell said. Join John R. Ellement at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. This week, the school district filed a petition with the Massachusetts Labor Relations Board and said teachers` refusal to enter school buildings was an illegal strike.

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