Negotiations Update: February 19, 2021
Glendale Unified School District is committed to meeting every child's academic and social emotional needs while protecting the health and safety of our students, employees, families, and community. On Friday, February 19, Glendale Unified school and district leaders met with members of the Glendale Teachers Association to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the careful and deliberate return of elementary students for on-campus instruction by the end of March and extending through the 2020-21 school year, based on current Public Health guidelines.
The District’s MOU includes proposed hybrid learning instructional schedules and outlines health and safety protocols being implemented districtwide. The proposed hybrid learning schedules remain fundamentally consistent with current distance learning schedules to minimize disruption to students who choose to continue 100% distance learning. The proposed schedules provide teacher flexibility for instruction to ensure both teacher and student success when implementing a hybrid in-person and continued distance learning instructional model.
Highlights from Glendale Unified’s Proposed MOU:
- Glendale Unified School District will continue to follow all health and safety protocols set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- The District will work to secure and facilitate vaccinations for all teachers and staff who wish to receive the vaccine
- The District will provide teachers with all necessary PPE, including, but not limited to, face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes
- The District will install MERV 13 filters and/or provide a stand-alone air filtration device in each classroom
- All students and employees will undergo a health screen before being permitted on campus
- The District will limit all non-essential visitors to campus
- Teachers are encouraged to use available outdoor locations to instruct students in whole or small groups. The District will provide outdoor, shaded locations for instruction and in-person assessments and services
- In the event a teacher must quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure, the entire class will pivot to a distance learning model. If state or county guidelines require any member of a cohort to quarantine, the entire cohort will quarantine unless contact tracing determines that the cohort was not exposed
- If a quarantined teacher is too ill to fulfil their job duties, a substitute teacher will be provided. If the illness is the result of a COVID-19 exposure that occurred at the school site, the teacher will not be required to utilize their personal illness benefits for those days and their time off will not result in any loss of pay