|Good morning. I hope you all had a refreshing weekend. I wanted to share a couple of updates from last week. |
Mike C and I had our weekly meeting with Mike V and Kathy H. We worked out a deal to offer the opportunity for staff to access the leftover Learning Loss Mitigation Funding through tutoring for students who are not being successful in the online platform. As this is one time funding, it will be offered at $50/hour.It does not change the hourly rate otherwise. The opportunity should begin this week.
In terms of paid PD, we addressed the issue that a couple of sites wanted to use Wednesday in the AM for PD. We objected to that as some want to do synchronous teaching on Wednesdays as well. Please share with me any PD plans that fall outside of Wednesday PM and are unpaid.
If you watched the board meeting you know my effort was to encourage a more rigorous protocol for COVID reporting. Although our district is following the current county guidelines, there is a new bill that will go into effect January 1 that will increase the requirement. We have asked that they begin this implementation immediately.
As cohorts are back, I ask that the sped teachers relay any issues that arise. La Mesa and Valencia have already shared concerns. The issues are not easy to address as they go through 3 different departments. In addition, let your site reps know if members outside of sped are being required back. I will be working on these issues today.
We understand that it seems inequitable that some are being required to come back to campus but we do not want to get into an us vs us situation. The district is following the permissiveness of county guidelines while still giving most the option to work off site.
There are still many questions regarding return to work. The superintendent has basically said that the earliest we would be back in the classroom would be January. Julie Schneider and Sean O’Brien represent us well in the district discussions of what this will look like. The general feeling seems to be that online learning would be best to continue if we can’t have an all out return. We will monitor the blended models as they are presented.
I personally thank you all for everything you are doing.
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I hope this finds you well and you have scheduled some time for yourself this 3 day weekend.
After watching the LA County Board of Supervisors meeting I have been advised that our regulations for return to work have not changed. At this point, the county numbers have to meet the standard previously established for two weeks straight and then another two weeks of staying within that level. There was not a board meeting this week, so I don’t have much to share on our district. The meeting at the county level approved k-2 waivers but stopped short of our levels.
There was discussion today about the state level decision to permit cohorts on campus for a limited number of students – SPED, ELL, Homeless, and those identified with significant learning loss. It is my understanding that this is limited to 10% of the school’s population. I have asked about the protocols for allowing some type of return within these categories.
The recent email in regard to more Keenan training comes from a federal mandate. Teachers should be provided time to complete this during their school day.
Please keep your site reps informed of other issues that arise.
Mike Copenhaver and I continue to meet with district representatives to address these issues.
Thank you for everything you do.