Glastonbury School officials discipline 5 staff in unrelated incidents | Newsletters

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GLASTONBURY — The school system has taken various disciplinary actions against five employees in unrelated incidents, according to information disclosed to the Journal Inquirer in response to a Freedom of Information request covering the period Dec. 7 to Jan. 14.

School bus driver Shawn Williams was suspended without pay for five days for what was described as a serious incident on her bus route on December 12.

Another bus driver, Stacy Turk, received a one-day unpaid suspension for a Dec. 14 incident on her bus route that was not described in a disciplinary letter. But the letter asked him to complete any required security checks after the students left the bus.

Anthony Mainella, another bus station employee, was given a one-day unpaid suspension for not following proper procedures when it comes to planning vacations or personal time – after receiving a written warning about the same issue in August.

Nancy Lawlor, an “academic assessor” in high school, was reprimanded for “a pattern of inappropriate professional boundary behavior”.

Ann Evans, a kindergarten early intervention paraprofessional at Naubuc School, received a written warning for refusing to “cover a classroom” on January 5.

Evans filed a grievance for his warning. She wrote in her appeal letter that she tried to explain when asked to cover the classroom that she didn’t think it would be safe because she had been in “close contact with a person who is positive for COVID”.

She added that she feared “having new contact with a class of children outside of my daily cohort”.

Evans wrote that her class had “several children” infected with COVID-19 around the same time, adding, “I developed symptoms the following afternoon and tested positive that night.”

She wrote that she was given the choice of accepting the mission or returning home.

“I was very attached to why I didn’t want to go to another room, and I chose the latter option,” she wrote. “By definition, an option is a choice, not a directive or an order. Yet now I am told that in exercising the option given to me, my behavior was ‘insubordinate and unacceptable’…”.

She also disputed a claim that she was “unprofessional with the school secretary and principal,” arguing that “expressing legitimate health safety concerns…should not be considered unprofessional. nor disrespectful.

The disciplinary letters lack details about what happened in the incidents involving the five employees, and school superintendent Alan B. Bookman said no school system employee would provide details. He also said the letters were the only written records regarding each case.

Other than Evans, none of the disciplined employees responded to requests for comment mailed to their home addresses, although one of the disciplinary letters, addressed to Lawlor, did not have a home address. Requests for comment were made by mail and telephone voicemail to a Glastonbury resident named Nancy Lawlor, but it is unclear whether she was the right person.

The two bus drivers who were suspended also had to undergo retraining conducted by state-certified instructors, according to their disciplinary letters, from Karen Bonfiglio, the school system’s sales manager.

In the letter of reprimand to Lawlor regarding his “professional boundaries,” high school principal Nancy E. Bean and director of special education Kimberly Brown wrote that the most recent example involved a student who apologized. to Lawlor for an incident. The letter states that “Lawlor’s response and reaction to the student was inappropriate.

“It is important to limit your interactions with students to professional activities in accordance with your job description and workload,” the supervisors wrote.

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