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SRP conference an opportunity to learn, network


or staff tasked with keeping hundreds of students fed on a daily basis, getting the food out on time is a top priority.

But keeping themselves healthy and safe is just as important. Workers are familiar with the known dangers — the hot stove, sharp knives and meat cutter. But some hazards are less visible.

The 44th annual School-Related Professionals Leadership Conference, NYSUT’s largest leadership, professional development and networking opportunity for SRPs, features a session geared specifically for kitchen workers.

Kitchen safety: It’s on the menu is designed for professionals in food service, custodial and maintenance. Presenter Keith Wrightson, assistant director of health issues for the American Federation of Teachers, is an expert on worker protections who has published several reports on worker safety.

The conference, themed “SRPs Rising: Investing in our Future,” and scheduled Nov. 4–6 in Albany, also features a session on how to access the many resources and programs available through the National Education Association.

“This year’s statewide SRP Leadership Conference has more first-timer registrations than in many years,” said NYSUT Second Vice President Ron Gross. Nearly 100 first-timers are signed up for the conference. “That may likely be attributed to the outreach made by our dedicated SRP Advisory Committee members who called hundreds of SRP presidents to let them know about this year’s conference.”

It also shows NYSUT members are eager for the professional development opportunities provided by the union.

SRPs Rock!

There’s still time to make plans to celebrate New York State SRP Recognition Day, Nov. 15 — but not much.

Check out available celebration materials, including downloadable posters at nysut.org/SRPDay. SRP presidents can order free silicone phone wallets. Teacher presidents can order “Proud to work with an SRP” stickers. There is a limited quantity of “SRPs Rock!” pins available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to share your celebrations with us. On social media tag @nysut and use #SRPsRock.

Thank an SRP today! SRP Recognition Day - Nov. 15, 2022