10-2. Family Engagement Coordinator (“FEC”) and Comprehensive Service Coordinator (“CSC”) Classifications
A. Job Duties/Responsibilities.
Family Engagement Coordinator’s and Comprehensive Service Coordinators shall not perform any work not in conformity with applicable statutes, established guidelines and their job description.
B. Exempt Status.
FECs and CSCs are exempt professional employees.
C. Status Quo after Recognition.
No FEC or CSC shall suffer a loss in salary or benefits due to the agreement to bring them into the bargaining unit.
D. Applicability of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
All provisions of the CBA applicable to PSRPs also apply to FECs and CSCs unless they specifically conflict with the provisions of this Article.
E. Regular Work Day.
FECs and CSCs shall work an 8 -hour workday, inclusive of a forty-five minute duty free lunch period. All travel time is part of an 8-hour workday, except travel to and from their first and last work location each day. The practice of one attendance swipes per day shall be maintained. The work day shall normally begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.; however, the start and end times may vary per the manager or according to the school start and end times as well as any meetings prior to or after the regular work day (e.g., if an FEC or CSC is assigned to a school that starts at 8:30 a.m. and has mandatory administrative meetings at 7:30 a.m., the FECs or CSCs day would start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.). It is understood that FECs or CSCs may be required to work outside their regular workday or workweek schedule.
F. Work Year.
FECs and CSCs are continuously employed on a 12 month, 52-week basis.
FEC and CSC employees shall be placed on Grade G08.
2. New hire step placement.
New hires will be placed on Step 1 or any appropriate advanced step in accordance with CPS policies.
3. Incumbent Employee Step Placement.
Effective August 1, 2018 for FECs and July 1, 2019 for CSCs, the Board will place employees on payroll as of October 31, 2019 (“incumbent FEC and CSC employees”) on a step in accordance with the following principles:
a) An FEC or CSC who has not been employed for 12 months or more as of October 31, 2019, will be placed on the step closest to their current salary without going under.
b) All other FECs and CSCs will be given step credit for all years as a FEC, CSC, Head Start Educational Resource Assistant, Head Start Health Resource Assistant, Head Start Parent Resource Assistant, or Head Start Social Service Resource Assistant from their initial hire date to their entry date in the FEC or CSC position. For those who have no experience in the above positions those members will be given one year of service credit for every two years of service in a CTU position from the initial hire date to their entry date in the position provided that the step has a salary equal to or greater than the FEC and CSC’s current salary.
4. Retroactive Step.
As soon as practicable after placing them on the appropriate step under paragraph three above, the Board will pay incumbent FECs any retroactive step pay due to them between August 1, 2018 and the date of actual step placement within six pay periods after the execution of this agreement. The Board will pay incumbent CSCs any retroactive step pay due to them between July 1, 2019 and the date of actual step placement within six pay periods after the execution of this agreement.
Effective immediately, incumbent FEC employees step anniversary date will be August 1st and incumbent CSC employees step anniversary date will be July 1st.
H. Saturday/Sunday Work.
FECs and CSCs who are required to work on Saturday or Sunday will be paid a non-pensionable stipend of $100 per day for work performed on those days.
I. Layoff and Recall.
1. Notice of Position Closing.
When a determination is made that an FEC or CSC’s services are no longer required, the FEC or CSC will be so notified (hereinafter “notice of layoff”) at least 21 days in advance of the effective date of layoff.
FECs and CSCs will accrue vacation in accordance with the Board’s Paid Time Off Policy.
2. Vacation Scheduling.
Individual networks may create vacation black-out periods during which FECs and CSCs will not be permitted to schedule vacations. Notice of vacation black-out periods during the school year shall be provided to the FECs and CSCs no later than the first day of student attendance of the school year. Notice of vacation black-out periods during July and August shall be provided by June 1st. In other periods, vacation requests of one week or less shall not be denied absent reasonable justification. Vacation requests of two or more consecutive weeks shall be discussed with the Network Chief or designee and accommodated to the extent possible, provided that the work of the Network is not disrupted.
FECs and CSCs shall bring any issues of mutual concern, including recommendations from FECs and CSCs on how to improve the work of FECs and CSCs to the Early Childhood Education Committee established in Article 45-4.2 of the CBA.