Negotiations Update: March 31, 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 Wednesday, March 31, Glendale Unified school and district leaders met with members of the Glendale Teachers Association (GTA) bargaining team to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
Glendale Unified and GTA agree that robust health and safety measures, compensation for extra duties, and professional autonomy are essential for educators to effectively implement hybrid instruction in the best interest of our students.
The District is currently implementing the following, which are included in both parties’ proposed MOUs:
Return to School
- The District offered all preschool and elementary classroom teachers and teacher specialists up to 30 additional hours at their hourly rate of pay to prepare their classrooms, attend professional development, and/or plan for hybrid instruction. The District will offer the same opportunity for secondary classroom teachers and teacher specialists.
- The District is providing elementary classroom teachers a one-time bonus, paid through COVID funds, to provide classroom supervision from 8:00 to 8:20 a.m. so that students attending school on campus can proceed directly to their classroom when they arrive at school. The District will offer the same opportunity for secondary classroom teachers should they be required to provide additional supervision.
- Preschool and elementary classroom teachers will continue to carry all students on their 2020-21 roster for the remainder of the school year, regardless of whether the student is participating in on-campus or distance learning instruction. The District is committed to applying the same structure for secondary classroom teachers.
- Preschool and elementary classroom teachers are providing concurrent instruction to all students, utilizing their professional judgment to determine the means and methods by which they deliver curriculum to students who receive in-person and distance learning instruction. Teachers must ensure that all students receive the California minimum instructional minutes and live interaction on a daily basis as required by Senate Bill 98/Assembly Bill 77 (codified as California Education Code sections 43500-43504). The District is committed to applying the same structure for secondary classroom teachers.
- Upon request, the District provides an additional adult to support elementary classroom teachers and be included as a member of the classroom’s stable group during instructional blocks. The District will provide the same for secondary classroom teachers.
- Elementary students attending school on-campus are provided with the supplies they need to participate in instruction. The District will provide the same for secondary students.
- Hybrid learning schedules being implemented at elementary schools are fundamentally consistent with the distance learning schedules utilized during the 2020-21 school year to minimize disruption to those students continuing in a 100% distance learning model. GTA has provided proposed schedules for secondary instruction. The District plans to review a variety of schedules, including those proposed by GTA, at its next Return to School Committee (RTSC) meeting on April 5. The RTSC is comprised of GTA-appointed teachers, school administrators, and district staff.
- All elementary students who participate in on-campus instruction in a hybrid model attend school in-person for at least two days per week. Students participate in distance learning and teachers work from home on Wednesdays to allow time for deep cleaning classrooms between student groups. The District will make the same commitment for secondary schools.
Health and Safety Protocols
- Glendale Unified facilitated vaccine appointments for all employees who wanted to be vaccinated, including teachers, classified staff, school and district administrators, athletic coaches, and classroom assistants, the first week in March. Employees received their second doses the week of March 22.
- The District continues to meet or exceed all health and safety protocols set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- The District will continue to ensure students, teachers, and staff maintain 6-feet of physical distance at all times, exceeding the current Public Health recommendation of 3 feet.
- The District ensures that all areas being used by employees and/or students are being cleaned regularly according to the identified schedule. EEELP/CDCC classrooms that are shared by more than one cohort are cleaned prior to transitioning from one cohort to another.
- The District’s site COVID-19 Compliance Officers ensure that all cleaning protocols are completed. The District will provide GTA with the names of all members of each Task Force and Compliance Officers at each site.
- All students and employees reporting to school and district facilities undergo a daily health screen before being permitted on campus.
- The District provides periodic, voluntary, asymptomatic testing every two weeks for students and employees reporting to school and district facilities.
- The District provides teachers with all necessary PPE, including CDC-recommended face masks, CDC-recommended transparent face masks, face shields, face shields with neck drapes, KN-95 masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes upon request.
- The District has installed MERV 13 filters in all HVAC units and provided a stand-alone HEPA air filtration device in each classroom.
- The District has created outdoor, shaded locations at all elementary schools to be utilized for instruction and in-person assessments and services. The District will create similar outdoor environments for all middle and high schools.
- The District minimizes access to all school and district facilities, including limiting non-essential visitors; facility use permits; volunteers; and students who are not participating in Technology Learning Pods, Facilitated Learning Centers, or on-campus instruction, assessments, services, or athletics. All school tours for prospective families follow CDC Guidelines.
- The District has designated a full-time credentialed school nurse, licensed vocational nurse, or health clerk for each elementary school site. The District will provide the same for all secondary schools.
- 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 fulfill 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.