Back-up Plans

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fine dude
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Back-up Plans

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There was a separate thread on job cuts, but I am interested in knowing what teachers and mid-level administrators are doing as part of their back-up plans.
What are your options if:
(a) your contract is terminated over the next two months?

(b) your school continues to lose students in the coming school year and you are potentially at risk of being laid off towards the end of the 2020-21 school year? (this sub-question is for folks in cushy jobs at tier 1 school where you're making significant coin)

and

(c) you get to keep your job, but were asked to take a major pay cut (> 20%)?

Heliotrope
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Re: Back-up Plans

Post by Heliotrope »

fine dude wrote:
> There was a separate thread on job cuts, but I am interested in knowing what teachers
> and mid-level administrators are doing as part of their back-up plans.
> What are your options if:
> (a) your contract is terminated over the next two months?

It definitely won't be terminated, but if it would be, I'd try to find a new job for next year asap. If unsuccessful, we have enough saved up to take a year (or a few years) off, but that would mean move back which I'd rather avoid. In a Covid 19-free world, if we'd have to take a year off, we'd probably travel during that year, as our kids are still young enough that they wouldn't miss school. But with the world being in lockdown, moving back home is the only viable option.


> (b) your school continues to lose students in the coming school year and you are
> potentially at risk of being laid off towards the end of the 2020-21 school year?
> (this sub-question is for folks in cushy jobs at tier 1 school where you're making
> significant coin)

It won't (there's still a long wait list), but if that were to happen, the answer would be the same same as (a).


> (c) you get to keep your job, but were asked to take a major pay cut (> 20%)?

I'd probably stay, if they could make a convincing case that the school wouldn't survive otherwise, and only if management would take the same cut. I like my school and the city it's in, and we're saving a lot anyway, so the 20% would be annoying but we'd still save enough.

shadowjack
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Re: Back-up Plans

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What are your options if:
(a) your contract is terminated over the next two months?

There aren't really any extra jobs to cut at our school, so that is not likely to happen. However, my option is take my summer payout and go home, or find another job. I choose the latter, as I have experience and skills in curriculum areas that are in demand

(b) your school continues to lose students in the coming school year and you are potentially at risk of being laid off towards the end of the 2020-21 school year? (this sub-question is for folks in cushy jobs at tier 1 school where you're making significant coin)

This might be - if we have to tighten belts and combine specialist positions from one division to spanning across divisions. But my option is the same - take my coin and go home or go looking for another job.

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(c) you get to keep your job, but were asked to take a major pay cut (> 20%)?

This one wouldn't be 20%, but if the school came to ask that, it would be because the alternative is to dismiss staff and/or close the school. I think some staff would go and others would suck it up until the school was on an even keel. It would be individual choice.

PsyGuy
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Id try to find an IS job somewhere and if not then Id find a major city I could get into and combine substitute/cover/relief teaching, ESOL work and virtual teaching.

Same as above, nothing to really do about it. It would be pretty unprecedented though. I have a lot of credentials and thus flexibility.

20% of my salary and comp is still better than I could do in almost all of IE so I would stay, but its not a realistic scenario.

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