Hello my name is Susan and I’ve been a member of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service for two years and I’ve been an attorney for nine years.
Today’s video topic will be of interest to teachers who are providing distance or online instruction to their students during the COVID-19 pandemic teachers. If your administrators are harassing you or pressuring you about the way you are presenting your online instruction, then I have a couple of suggestions that you might want to consider.
First, you might want to consider scheduling a phone call or a video conference with your administrator to discuss the specifics of your administrator’s concerns and also have the opportunity to explain your side of the story. Think about the fact that sometimes the best defense is putting the ball in their court if they seem to have a concern, ask them for specifics or ask them for help and that may get you closer to a resolution of the situation.
Another suggestion would be to get this information in writing. Send your administrator an email asking for specifics or asking for some help because you may need that information in writing later on.
If you’re not able to resolve the situation, you may end up having to file a formal grievance, which will certainly allow you to tell your side of the story. If your administrator is simply being difficult, if their expectations of you are unreasonable or if you truly are doing what you’ve been told to do, but your administrator is still finding fault with that, you may wish to consult with an attorney.
If you do decide that you’d like to consult with an attorney, be sure to contact the Houston Lawyer Referral Service office because they have many qualified and pre-screened attorneys whom you may wish to hire to help you with this concern. You can request a referral by visiting their website hlrs.org or you can email them for more information. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for everything you’re doing for Texas school children during the pandemic, and I wish you the very best luck and continued health.