Expectations for Online Convention Attendance

With Teachers’ Conventions again being virtual for 2022, am I required to go into school on those days?


Teachers’ conventions are days when you decide which sessions you attend to best meet your professional development needs. You should attend convention from home or another location where there is stable internet access. If your school is the only location you can access that has strong internet in your area, you may participate from school at your discretion;check with your principal. You cannot be directed to participate from your school if you don’t want to.


For more on the ATA’s attendance policy for online conventions, please click HERE.


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Convention Attendance Requests


As in a normal year, you may request to be absent from part or all of their assigned convention for the following reasons:

  • To make use of a leave provision in your collective agreement (e.g. sick leave, parental leave, personal leave)
  • To attend an alternate professional development event that is scheduled during your assigned convention.
  • To attend a convention other than the one you are assigned because you either:
    • Are a distance/online education teacher or seconded teacher who lives outside of the geographical area of your assigned convention; or
    • Have found yourself in an attendance conflict beyond your control.
  • To coach a school team at a provincial finals tournament.


More information about the specific eligibility criteria for convention attendance requests can be found HERE.

To submit a request, please use the online form at https://ata.smapply.ca/.


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Frequently Asked Questions

A full list of answers to frequently asked convention questions can be found HERE.