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Know Your Rights

Get guidance from AEA’s legal experts relating to your rights, responsibilities, pay, and benefits amid school reopenings.

It didn’t seem possible, but educators have been asked to do even more for students since the outbreak of the coronavirus. We hope these resources will help you take care of yourself and your family while you do the work you love.

FAQs and Advisories

In the following FAQs we provide answers to a series of frequently asked questions about the rights of school employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to work proactively through your local associations to address many of these issues with your school districts. This includes addressing reporting/work location issues, pay matters, safety issues, and other matters. Separate advisories on many of these topics are available through AEA on the AEA website. You should also acquaint yourself with relevant governing board policies, including GBGCB/GBGCB-E, which deal with communicable diseases (staff exclusion from school, reporting of diagnosed and suspected cases and notification, and confidentiality).
AEA Report

FAQ on School Reopening and Potential Future Closures

Frequently asked questions about school reopening and potential future closures during COVID-19.
AEA Report

FAQ on Safety and Reporting to Work at School Sites

This FAQ highlights the rights of school employees with respect to safety and particularly when having to report to school sites for work, including a discussion on leave and accommodation options, among other things.
AEA Report

FAQ on Liability Based on Exposure to COVID-19 at School

Frequently asked questions about the liability associated with exposure to COVID-19 at school.
AEA Report

FAQ on Unemployment and Resignation

Frequently asked questions related to unemployment and resignation during COVID-19.
AEA Report

FAQ on Worker and Student Safety

Frequently asked questions around safety issues impacting public school employees and students at public schools during the pandemic.


AEA Statement

Negotiations and Retirement During COVID-19

This advisory addresses local association's bargaining and negotiating contracts with districts during the pandemic. It also includes information about the impact on retirement pensions and benefits.
AEA Statement

Certified Evaluations and Pay for Performance Plans During COVID-19

The purpose of the advisory, is to ensure that the current evaluation system as described by Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) is adhered to while providing some guidance and best practices regarding details of the evaluation process.
AEA Statement

Guidance for Remote and Distance Learning

This advisory provides some examples and links to resources to assist local associations and school districts in navigating best practices remote and distance learning during the pandemic.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the labor union for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.