Since most Cleveland school district students returned to the classroom in the second half of 2021, hundreds of district administrative employees continue to work from home on a part time basis.
Records requested by Signal Cleveland show that 310 employees work remotely. Their jobs range from “financial system analyst” to “crisis manager for homeless and foster care students” to managers of the Say Yes Cleveland program, which provides support services to students.
District spokeswoman Roseann Canfora said, “The majority of participants work on a hybrid schedule, with several days in both office and home locations on a weekly basis.”
Canfora provided a copy of the policy set by former schools CEO Eric Gordon.
The policy reads:
Availability and administration of telework is determined by the Chief Executive Officer and appointed designee(s). This includes the identification of eligible positions, determined to be ableto fulfill essential functions apart from assigned School District locations.
Upon determination of availability, telework procedures will be published, including, but not limited to:
• Dates of availability and frequency
• Application process
• Eligibility requirements
• Performance expectations
• Reporting protocol
• District provisions
• Safety procedures
The Chief Executive Officer, in certain circumstances, including extreme weather, pandemics, or other declared emergencies, may temporarily authorize employees to work remotely, subject to regulations and procedures set forth by the Chief Executive Officer.
Canfora did not respond to specific questions about how remote work is being evaluated and if the policy will continue under the new CEO, Warren Morgan.
Cleveland Schools’ next CEO, Warren Morgan, came to his job interviews prepared. Most notably, he brought a plan for his first 100 days on the job. Now that he’s in, Signal Cleveland asked for a copy.