November/December 2020 Issue
October 18, 2020

It’s a great time to be an SRP!

Author: Liza Frenette
Source: NYSUT United
srp recognition day

Fall is prime time for School- Related Professionals.

They have the opportunity to attend NYSUT’s annual SRP Leadership Conference, Oct. 23-25, and to enjoy New York State SRP Recognition Day, Nov. 17.

Hard-working SRPs, serving students in ever-shifting assignments under pandemic protocols, will be honored on the state’s annual SRP Recognition Day the third Tuesday of November.

Among NYSUT’s 100,000 SRP members are clerks, secretaries, bus drivers, maintenance workers, custodians and teacher aides.

Those SRPs who are leaders, or those interested in learning about becoming more involved with their union, can speak with their local union president about attending the 42nd annual conference, being held online this year.

Ron Gross will be speaking at his first SRP conference as NYSUT second vice president. “Our SRPs continue to demonstrate how invaluable they are to our educational community,” Gross said. “I’m looking forward to meeting with the heroes of this pandemic and thanking them for all they do.”

Conference presenters will tackle many issues related to the pandemic.

Ani Shahinian, of NYSUT social services, will provide strategies to manage stress and anxiety and build resources during these times.

There will also be a workshop led by NYSUT health and safety specialist Veronica Foley on how to use advocacy and organizing to keep the workplace healthy and safe — a primary concern during the pandemic.

“Do you know where to turn when you have questions about cleaning, indoor air quality, exposure to pathogens and other important health and safety concerns?” Foley asked.

Participants will learn who to turn to with health and safety concerns and hear best practices for advocating for their rights.

National Education Association’s Tim Barchak will speak on stopping privatization of SRPs.

To prepare for celebrating SRPs on the official state recognition day, local presidents can order newly designed car magnets proclaiming, “SRPs Care for their Community,” as well as posters at Celebrations for SRPs are encouraged and winners are chosen for the best SRP shout-outs.

Last year, SUNY Broome Community College Educational Support Personnel Association, Greenburgh Federation #11 and Schenectady paraprofessionals won awards for creating logos that were used on t-shirts; honoring SRPs with posters and word art; hosting parties; and creating social media campaigns.