JANUARY HEALTH AND SAFETY SURVEY

January 21, 2022

In an effort to determine what teachers are experiencing as far as healthy and safe working conditions in their schools and worksites, OCCTA put out a new Health and Safety Survey in January.  While the results from this January 2022 survey often mirror the results from the previous survey given in October 2021, this survey clearly shows teachers are having a much more difficult time teaching through a pandemic this school year than last school year.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to take our survey so we can evaluate what steps we need to take to ensure that there are safe and healthy working and learning conditions in every school. We heard from educators representing over 200 separate schools and worksites in every learning community and corner of our District!

We know that having an enforceable Health and Safety MOU as we did last school year and also for summer school is something that will provide you with security, reduce your stress and make your job safer and easier. OCCTA is fighting for an enforceable MOU!

While the responses to the survey questions were very revealing, the pages of survey comments gave a vivid snapshot of what is happening in the schools across the District.

Below are some of the survey results:

Overall, how would you rate the current school year?

Only 13% felt it was “fine” while the vast majority 54% are struggling a lot or overwhelmed and others 33% are struggling a little.

Have you considered leaving your job due to health and safety concerns?

A staggering 52% of teachers surveyed are considering other employment, early retirement or a leave of absence.

Do you feel supported by the District leaders and the School Board in providing a safe and healthy workplace during the pandemic?

A total of 87% of teachers do NOT feel supported by District leaders and the School Board.

How safe do you feel at your school or worksite?

A total of 53% are anxious and so not feel safe, while 38% feel moderately safe and 9%? feel safe. 

How important is it for you to have an Health and Safety MOU that CTA can enforce as contract language?

An overwhelming  majority – 89% believe it is important to have an enforceable MOU, 8% say it is somewhat important and only 3% say it is not important.

Is the District transparent in the reporting of Covid-19 cases at your school or worksite?

A total of 49% of teachers do NOT believe that the District is transparent in the reporting of COVID-19 cases at your school or worksite with 17% saying they are and 35% admitting they do not know.

Have you been contacted by an administrator when an employee or student has tested positive at your school or worksite?

Only 36% of those surveyed believe they are always contacted when there are positive cases; 42% say they are contacted sometimes and 23% say they are NOT contacted. 

Have you been informed of positive cases at your school that were not reported by your administrator? Check all that apply.

A whooping 74% of those surveyed have been informed of cases that were not reported to them by administration – 28% from a coworker, 22% from parents, 23% by students and 1% by the media.

Have you been exposed to COVID-19 at your school or worksite this school year? (As confirmed officially by the FL DOH)

A total of 38% of those surveyed were exposed to COVID-19 at their school this year, which is up 10% from the earlier survey conducted in October 2021

Have you been quarantined this school year?

A total of 16% of those surveyed have been quarantined once this school year (up 9% from the last survey) and 2% have been quarantined multiple times.

Have you been given directions on how to obtain more PPE?

A total of 48% of teacher, almost half, have not been given direction on how to obtain more PPE, up 7% since the last survey conducted in October 2021

How often is your classroom or office cleaned?

Only 31% say their workspace is cleaned every day during this pandemic, with 20% saying a few times a week, 9% saying weekly and 40% saying they don’t know

Have areas where positive cases been identified been deep cleaned or misted?

Only 9% say they areas are always deep cleaned or misted; 9% say they are sometimes deep cleaned and misted, 28% say they are not and 54% do not know.

 

Please read the comments for the survey questions below:

WHAT PPE HAVE YOU BEEN PROVIDED? AT THIS LINK

As we have been hearing from members in schools in every learning community, teachers and instructional personnel lack PPE to stay safe.

HAVE YOU SPENT YOUR PERSONAL MONEY ON PPE? AT THIS LINK

COMMENTS ON CLEANING AT THIS LINK

WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU FEEL SAFER? AT THIS LINK

IF YOUR WORKLOAD HAS INCREASED, PLEASE DETAIL EXTRA DUTIES, INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO THE PANDEMIC. AT THIS LINK

DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING? AT THIS LINK

Have you been informed of positive cases at your school that were not reported by your administrator?; Do you feel pressured by administrators to provide audio, video or livestream lessons to students who are absent or quarantined? AT THIS LINK