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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND
SAN LEANDRO TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
DISTANCE LEARNING DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
APRIL 1, 2020
The San Leandro Unified School District (“District”) and San Leandro Teachers’ Association (“Association”) enter this Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) regarding distance learning related to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The Parties recognize there is a need to close schools (“emergency school closure”) and move to a distance learning model to allow for social distancing, as recommended by public health officials to prevent the spread of illness arising from COVID-19 during the 2019-2020 school year.
The District and Association agree as follows:
Defining “Distance Learning,” Assessment, and Student Expectations
1. The District and Association recognize the importance of maintaining safe learning opportunities for the benefit of the students and communities served by the District and its certificated staff. For the purpose of this MOU, “distance learning” means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. Methods could include on-line instruction, emails and other means of communication.
2. District and State assessments scheduled after March 16, 2020 have been suspended.
3. Distance Learning activities provided to students will include enrichment, engagement, and review through teacher created home learning distance learning resources and online platforms. Students will be “held harmless,” and will not receive a lesser grade than their grade when District schools closed, as a result of engaging in distance learning during this unprecedented time. This aligns with the State Superintendent of Public Instructions’ (SSPI) recent statements that assessments should not be used during this time as a summative measure, but rather as a formative measure to gauge instruction and areas where students may need support. Following further
guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE), SSPI, or Governor, the parties will meet again to determine additional options for grading to ensure equity.
4. The District, in collaboration with the Association, agrees to make provisions for certificated staff to enable students to engage in a unique education delivery model - distance learning. This model will provide teachers with an alternative method of delivering instruction that does not require unit members to physically report to work.
Equipment, Training, and Technical Support
1. The District shall provide all necessary equipment, refer employees to free internet resources, and any other necessary equipment to deliver distance learning. If a bargaining unit member does not have sufficient access to internet resources, the District shall work with that member on a case-by-case basis. Staff shall not be liable for damage to District equipment. Bargaining Unit Members shall not provide printed worksheets.
2. Bargaining unit members shall receive professional development on the use of technology and the delivery of instruction via distance learning. Professional development shall take place virtually prior to the implementation of distance learning.
3. The District Shall communicate information regarding training opportunities that are available during contractual time with all bargaining unit members via email.
4. The District shall provide bargaining unit members access to District provided technical support via virtual tools. This may include access to technical support personnel, helplines, and other technical support from District vendors and/or staff, as well as instruction on distance learning platforms and instructional materials.
5. The District shall provide a central location (district website) or (a shared on-line folder) for Bargaining Unit Members to access on-line resources and information, and prioritize resources for curricular continuity.
Preparation Time to Implement Distance Learning
1. April 6 and April 7 shall be reserved as planning and training days. Bargaining unit members shall be provided that time to prepare lessons and resources to transition to distance learning.
2. During the week of April 6 - April 10, the District shall provide access to classrooms for retrieving materials during the planning and training days. Teachers will follow social distancing protocols, and have a maximum of one hour to retrieve materials and belongings from their classroom or designated work space. The district will provide a signup list for school access to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
Communication, Collaboration, Privacy, and Security
1. Bargaining unit members shall check their District email daily during the regular work week.
2. Staff may collaborate virtually as they deem necessary and appropriate while they are engaged in distance learning. Recognizing this unique situation, the time and manner of collaboration will not be determined by District or site administration.
3. On a weekly basis, unit members shall inform parents and students of their availability to provide support and clarification via email and/or other virtual platforms. Bargaining unit members shall use their district email account in communications with parents or students. Bargaining unit members will not be required to provide personal cell phone numbers to parents or students.
4. Virtual staff meetings, if needed, shall be held in accordance with the current negotiated agreement. Bargaining unit members who are not available during the scheduled staff meetings are responsible for watching a recorded version (if made available). Bargaining Unit Members shall be notified at least two (2) days before a required virtual meeting (including but not limited to staff meetings, IEPs, grade level and department collaborations).
5. The District will provide training on virtual security, with special attention paid to on-line, real-time video formats. Students will only be permitted to participate in live video/audio lessons after the District has secured parent/guardian permission for such activity and agreed to the District’s acceptable use policy, pursuant to Education Code Section 51512.
Curriculum Content and Scheduling
1. Any curriculum resources or lessons provided by the District should be considered the baseline (or a starting point for instruction during this period of distance learning). Teachers may customize the content to meet the needs of the students in their class(es). Bargaining unit members may choose to be innovative and develop activities to support and encourage their own innovative teaching modalities. Unit members shall not be evaluated on those lessons and/or instruction during this pandemic/period of distance learning.
2. Bargaining unit members will be expected to provide instruction, resources, and support to students through distance learning. However, considering the personal challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., members’ own childcare concerns/needs), bargaining unit members shall not be required to maintain a set daily schedule throughout the emergency school closure; however, teachers should try to maintain a daily schedule to the best of their ability.
3. The coursework provided to students shall have the intention of promoting continuity of learning while students are not in school. This will include enrichment, intervention, and/or exposure to new material. The pace of instruction shall be at the discretion of the teacher based on the needs of one’s students. The work provided will not require summative assessments.
4. Bargaining Unit Members shall not be required to host and lead live, real-time virtual instruction more than 3 hours per week (prorated as a percentage of FTE).
5. The District will provide clear instructions for grading and assessments, specific to each level of education, by April 13, 2020, for grading during the final grading period. The District will communicate those expectations to the families of SLUSD students.
Special Education, Counselors, and Psychologists
The parties agree to meet at the request of either party to address implementing guidance from the CDE and/or Federal Department of Education in order to provide equitable and appropriate education for students with special needs. Special education teachers will work collaboratively with core content teachers via a virtual platform to adapt lessons to meet the needs of students in a digital learning environment and ensure that lessons and activities are appropriate, as documented in the student’s IEP.
1. All students with disabilities will be provided continuity of learning through a variety of distance learning resources, as appropriate. This enables all students access to the same learning opportunities.
2. Related Service Providers (Adapted PE, etc.), will prepare appropriate distance learning activities that can be performed at home.
3. Virtual tools shall be used to hold any necessary IEP meetings and to meet and collaborate on a student’s IEP. The district shall obtain parent/guardian signatures and send a hard copy of the IEP to students’ families.
4. School Psychologists may provide appointments for students for social emotional and/or behavioral needs as deemed necessary by the psychologists, as well as communicate with families to provide support. Any appointments scheduled may be conducted by, telephone or virtual tools.
5. Counselors may provide virtual or telephone appointments to students for academic counseling, monitoring, and guidance. These appointments or conversations may be conducted via email, telephone, or other virtual tools, as appropriate.
6. Speech and Language Pathologist may provide individual and/or group virtual lessons. These lessons may be conducted via email, by telephone, or other virtual tools, as appropriate.
7. If an extended school year is needed to meet IEP requirements, SLTA and SLUSD will negotiate the professional expectations impact of those requirements.
Evaluations, Credentialing and Professional Status
1. Bargaining Unit Members receiving a satisfactory evaluation as of January 25, 2020, shall have their final evaluations reflect a final satisfactory rating. Bargaining Unit Members who received notice of a potential unsatisfactory evaluation as of January 25, 2020, shall have their evaluations voided and shall be placed in the evaluation cycle for the 2020-2021 school year. It is understood that teachers may be developing lessons to be delivered via a new modality. Teachers shall not be evaluated based on the “quality” of those lessons or instruction during this crisis. Final evaluation conferences shall be held virtually and signed electronically.
2. The status of members in the District’s Induction program shall not be affected by the school closure, unless induction requirements are not completed.
1. Upon the State/County/District determining schools are safe to reopen, the District shall provide at least 48-hour notice to all unit members to prepare for return to the classroom with students.
2. The first workday back to District work sites shall be a non-student day for preparation to resume in-person classes, and all District classrooms/facilities shall be cleaned/disinfected (and in accordance with any previously agreed to conditions between the parties).
3. All components of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Association and District not addressed by the terms of this agreement shall remain in full effect. This agreement is non-precedent setting.
4. This MOU resolves the negotiable effects of distance learning due to COVID-19. The District and/or Association reserve the right to negotiate any additional impacts related to COVID-19 and/or additional school closures in the 2019-20 school year.
This MOU shall expire in full without precedent on June 30, 2020, unless extended by mutual written agreement.
Memorandum of Understanding
Between San Leandro Unified School District
And San Leandro Teachers’ Association
Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus Emergency
The San Leandro Unified School District (“District”) and San Leandro Teachers’ Association (“Association”) enter this Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) regarding the issues related to the coronavirus COVID-19 (“coronavirus”).
The parties recognize that staff may need to self-quarantine, become quarantined, and/or the District may need to close a school or schools on an emergency basis to slow the spread of illness arising from the coronavirus during the 2019-20 school year.
While our schools are in session, the parties agree:
1. Unit members who may have been or were potentially exposed to the coronavirus and are required to be quarantined or who self-quarantine while schools in the District are still open shall be placed on paid leave, which shall not be deducted from the member’s sick, personal, or extended illness leave.
2. Unit members who have a doctor’s note indicating a higher risk for serious illness from coronavirus because of age, a serious long-term health problem, or otherwise, shall not be required to report to a worksite.
3. The District will provide hand soap and hand sanitizer for every classroom and bathroom, hand sanitizer stations around every campus [consider defining number per a given number of classrooms], and access to hand sanitizer at each unit member workstation who does not have a traditional classroom.
4. The District will ensure that all sinks (including those located in staff break rooms, all bathrooms, cafeterias/kitchens, classrooms, and janitorial closets) are functioning with hot water and kept stocked with soap and paper towels.
5. The District will ensure that every classroom is cleaned and sanitized daily during the coronavirus outbreak.
6. Districts will comply with Cal-OSHA guidelines.
In the event of continued school closures, the parties agree:
7. Unit members will be notified by email or phone about any school closures, including any decisions to extend school closures once they commence, or the decision to report back to school.
8. Unit members shall not be directed or required to report to their worksite while their worksite is closed to students.
9. Unit members’ compensation and benefits shall not be reduced in the event of an emergency school closure.
10. The District shall submit a “J-13A Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions” waiver to the CDE to mitigate the loss of funding due to lower than normal Average Daily Attendance (“ADA”). If the waiver is denied or the state requires students to make up days for the 2019-20 school year, the parties will negotiate make-up student instructional day(s) up to the number of school closure days.
11. Members will be expected to work remotely, and submit lesson plans and student activities into a Google Drive folder, provided by the District for this purpose. Lessons are intended to be provided as learning opportunities for students, not as requirements. They are not to be graded in such a way as to penalize students. The District shall clearly communicate due dates associated with this expectation.
12. All closed schools will be decontaminated before staff or students return.
13. Unit members negatively impacted by the additional calendar move of spring break shall not be harmed. The District and the Association will work with the bargaining unit member on a case by case basis.
The Association reserves the right to negotiate any additional impacts of school closures in the 2019-20 school year.
This MOU shall expire in full without precedent on June 30, 2020, unless extended by mutual written agreement.
Greetings SLTA Members,
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. SLTA is entering a very busy time of year, with the elections coming up, important training opportunities, Principal evaluations and the start of the bargaining cycle.
On Tuesday, January 21, Rep. Council will meet with a busy agenda. Site Representatives will be scheduling site meetings at each school so Executive Board and Bargaining Team members can hear your ideas about what SLTA should be fighting for at the Bargaining Table. We’ll use information from those meetings to craft our annual bargaining survey. By mid-March, we alert the District what articles of the contract will be opened for negotiation. We’ll also use the January Rep Council meeting to finalize endorsements for the March 3 primary, chart our election strategy, and welcome special guest Angela Normand. Angela is the CTA Board Member who represents Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and she is also a candidate for the Alameda County Board of Education. Rep. Council is open to all members. We begin at 3:45 P.M. in the SLHS Staff Cafeteria.
Schools and Communities First
Please continue to gather signatures for CTA’s ballot initiative. SLTA has gathered nearly 200 signatures. At the very least, visit your site rep and sign a petition. If SCF passes, it will raise $12 Billion for California schools each year, which amounts to an increase in funding for our District of about 7 percent. Special thanks to Natasha Weidner, Patty Fishbaugh and Karen Koizumi who were the top signature gatherers in November and December. The top signature gatherer in January and February will win the second gift certificate for Paradiso. If you have petition signatures already, please give them to your site rep before Tuesday’s meeting. If you need more signature forms, let me know and I will deliver them to your school.
SLTA Event Supporting Measure N, January 30 – Mark your Calendars!
SLTA has endorsed SLUSD’s School Bond initiative, Yes on Measure N. Measure N will modernize facilities and build new classrooms for our growing student population. STAND, SLTA’s political action committee, is hosting the campaign’s Kickoff event on January 30 at the Alta Mira Club, 4-7 P.M. Please put this on your calendar and plan on attending. We will have food, drink and music. Most importantly, members and guests will have the opportunity to hear from local community leaders and learn how to participate in this critical election.
Special Education Issues Trainings
On Friday, February 7, CTA is holding a special training in San Jose to examine Inclusive practices, IEP Rights and Responsibilities, and supporting students with disabilities. SLTA will provide a substitute and cover registration costs for the first 10 people who would like to attend. Confirm you want to attend by responding to this email and I will share details about how. Here is the conference flier.
SLTA Special Education Forum
On January 25, SLTA will be hosting a Special Education Forum at the San Leandro High School library. Look for an event announcement next week.
My warmest wishes to you all and hopes for a wonderful vacation. When we return from our holiday, we will find ourselves at the start of a very shortened election cycle. Two items will be at the top of a very busy election cycle: the Schools and Communities First Statewide ballot measure; and San Leandro’s school bond, which will appear on the March Ballot as Measure N.
Schools and Community First
Congratulations to Roosevelt School’s Natasha Weidner, who was our top ranked signature gatherer for November and December! Natasha has earned the first prize, which is a Paradiso Gift Certificate. Thank you for all the hard work. Shout outs to Roosevelt School, which had the top three signature gatherers, including Natasha, Patty Fishbaugh and Karen Koizumi. Another Paradiso gift card will be awarded for the person who gathers the most signatures in January and February.
Please Keep Collecting Signatures! We need to gather more than 600,000 signatures to qualify SCF for the state ballot. The holidays are a great time to gather signatures. When your friends and family come to visit, don’t let them eat dessert until they sign! If you need a few petitions, let me know and I will bring you some on Friday.
March 3 Election
SLTA’s Representative Council unanimously endorsed the San Leandro School Bond measure, Measure N, which will appear on the March 3 ballot. While Rep Council’s support was unanimous, we had a discussion about assuring that the District is communicating with teachers and parents about the needs of each school community. Rep Council also endorsed Angela Normand, who is running for County Board of Education in the District that includes much of Oakland and Alameda. Angela is a teacher in Brentwood, and is our CTA Board Member for much of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
SLTA coordinates all of its election work through STAND (San Leandro Teachers Advocating New Directions), our political action committee. The STAND Committee consists of James Riddle, Nancy James and myself. The committee will be forwarding a list of recommendations for SLTA’s campaign activities to the January Representative Council.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the SLTA website, Instagram and Facebook group.
Greetings SLTA Members,
We are closing in on the half-way mark through the year, and your SLTA leadership is making things happen.
STRS Workshop on Monday!
Thank you to the forty of you who have RSVPd for SLTA/CTA's STRS Workshop. We’re looking forward to seeing you Monday, 3:45 in the SLHS Library. The presentation is extremely useful whether you are near retirement, or relatively new to the profession and would like to understand how the retirement system works. I’ve ordered sandwiches, and will have other snacks. There’s still room for a few more, so if you’d like to attend, let me know.
And more useful workshops to come…
Special Education issues are often the most confusing, and our District Special Education Resources are stretched thin. To respond to the concerns, both from Special Education and General Education teachers, SLTA / CTA will hold a Special Education Issues Forum on February 25, again 3:45 at the SLHS Library. We will also present a Member Benefits Workshop on March 24, 3:45 at the Barbara Lee Center. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save thanks to your SLTA / CTA membership! Mark your calendars. I’ll send out an invite as we get closer to those two events.
Schools and Communities First
Thanks to so many of you for getting the Initiative Signatures on the petitions to support Schools and Communities First. If our SCF campaign is successful, that will mean about $7 Million for San Leandro Schools EACH YEAR. I’ve heard from folks who shared the petitions with family groups, friend circles, neighbors, congregations and co-ops, and the signatures are coming in! If you have collected signatures, please sign the bottom of every petition that you gather. Turn them in to your site rep before they come to next Tuesday’s Representative Council Meeting. If that’s not possible, send them to Thomas Morse, SLTA President via District Mail at Bancroft Middle School. DON’T FORGET THE FABULOUS PRIZES — A Paradiso gift certificate for the top signature gatherer in November / December, another one for the top signature gatherer in January, and cash prizes for the top three signature gatherers over all once we get to the March deadline.
SLTA’s rep council will meet on Tuesday, December 10, 3:45 at the SLHS Staff Cafeteria. The most important items on the agenda will be our plans for the 2020 elections, including the District’s Bond Measure (on the March Ballot), Schools and Communities First, and the role we’re going to play in School Board races and other local campaigns. All members are invited to join us at Rep Council.
Thomas Morse, SLTA President
Greetings SLTA Members,
We are at the beginning of a very busy election cycle. SLUSD’s School Board has approved a bond measure for the March 3 election, and the November 2020 general election will give us an opportunity to fundamentally alter the way public schools are funded in California.
Schools and Community First — Time to Collect Signatures.
Thanks to all of you for the overwhelming support for the Schools and Communities First campaign. Now it’s time for Phase II — signature gathering. If we are successful, California schools will receive $11 or 12 Billion per year, which is equivalent to about $7 million each year in additional funding for San Leandro.
To qualify the SCF Initiative for the State Ballot in November 2020, we need to gather more than 600,000 signatures statewide. CTA has committed to gathering 150,000 signatures statewide.
SLTA is joining this effort, and we need all of us to play a part of this campaign. Your site reps have a packet of initiative signature forms. It’s simple, bring one or two signature forms to your family gatherings (the Holidays are coming up), or your kids’ soccer games and sleepovers. When you have gathered as many signatures as you can, turn them back in to your site rep.
You have to be a registered voter in California to gather signatures. The people who sign must also be registered voters. Each form has to be separated by County (keep a different form for Alameda County voters, but start a new one for San Francisco or Contra Costa or Tulare County voters.)
Fabulous prizes!!! Site reps will turn in the signature charts at the December Rep Council meeting, then again in January and February. The member who collects the most signatures at the December turn-in will receive a gift certificate to Paradiso. There will be another Paradiso gift certificate for the member who turns in the most signatures by the February Rep Council Meeting. And there will be cash gifts for the top three signature gatherers for the whole campaign!
San Leandro School Bond
The SLUSD has approved a school bond initiative for the March 3 election. SLTA’s Executive Board has recommended that Representative Council endorse this measure and lend our support to getting it passed. Representative Council will vote on this issue at the December meeting. The School Bond measure will raise $198 Million over the next 20 years for more classrooms and improved facilities. The success of this campaign depends on teachers and community members getting the word out in the neighborhoods of San Leandro. You’ll be hearing about opportunities to join this campaign as we get into the new year.
If you have any questions about these campaigns, don’t hesitate to contact me!
Tom Morse, SLTA President
Dear SLTA Members,
Thank you for participating in Phase I of our Schools and Communities First Campaign. If CTA is successful getting this ballot initiative passed, we will create $11 Billion of new funding for investment into our public schools and community resources. The new revenue would come by assessing corporate real estate at fair market value. That will mean about $7 million for San Leandro Schools every year.
Most of you have already signed the posters to support SCF, and I would like to thank you all (especially site reps) for your patience with the faulty video link. If you have not signed one of the posters, please go see your site rep. For those who have yet to view the Information video, here is the link.
Important Member Benefit Notifications:
California Casualty is reminding anyone who has an auto, homeowners or renters policy and has been forced to evacuate your home, suffered smoke damage, or suffered other fire related damage to call toll-free at 1-800-800-9410 so they can assist you as quickly as possible. When you call, press 4 when prompted or remain on the line for an operator and you will be transferred to a claims specialist who can assist you.
The Standard -- Limited Time Offer for CTA Members to Switch Disability Coverage with No Health Questions. From October 1 through November 30, CTA members who are covered by a different insurance company have a special opportunity to apply for CTA-endorsed Disability and Life Insurance from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) without answering health questions. Before applying, members should compare their current plan with the CTA-endorsed plans to hunderstand how any difference may impact your personal situation. The help CTA members compare Disability plans or to learn more about the process of switching coverage to The Standard, visit standard.com/cta/portover.
-Tom Morse, SLTA President
The “Red for Ed” for movement, which has scored so many gains for public schools around the nation, is loud and proud in the streets of Chicago. Chicago teachers have been on strike for a week, fighting for fully staffed schools and smaller class sizes. The Chicago Teachers Union is calling for solidarity from teachers throughout the nation, and asking us all to wear Red for Ed tomorrow, Thursday, October 24.
Please wear red, and then take “Solidarity Selfies” that you can post on social media platforms and share with SLTA (for our website, which is in development). You may also support teachers by supporting their Strike Fund and Bread for Ed campaign to feed students during the strike. https://www.gofundme.com/f/bread-for-ed. (Please send me your best pics!)
Learn more about CTU’s fight for the schools our students deserve at https://www.ctulocal1.org/movement/contract-campaigns/strike-faq/.