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Glendale Unified Reaches Agreement on School Reopening Plans with Classified Employee Union

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Glendale Unified School District

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Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

Distribution Date: February 24, 2021 


Glendale Unified Reaches Agreement on School Reopening Plans
with Classified Employee Union 


GLENDALE, CA – On February 16, the Glendale Unified Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the California School Employees Association (CSEA) for Coronavirus Response: Distance/Hybrid Learning. The agreement details protocols the District has put in place to ensure the health and safety of all Glendale Unified employees, including:

  • Training and implementation for Public Health protocols, including cleaning and disinfecting facilities and stopping the spread of COVID-19
  • Health screening for employees and students at school and work locations
  • COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols
  • Development of a collaborative task force to create flexible work schedules for classified employees in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases

“We are confident that the health and safety measures being implemented across our district are effective at keeping our students, employees, families, and community safe,” said Glendale Unified Board of Education President Dr. Armina Gharpetian. “I am pleased that we have come to an agreement to ensure our classified employees continue to feel safe reporting to work every day.”

“Our District and CSEA leaders recognize the importance of maintaining safe facilities and operations for the benefit of our students, employees, families, and community,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian. “"I want to thank everyone whose hard work led to this agreement, which balances our desire to reopen schools for in-person learning while ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.”

CSEA represents Glendale Unified classified employees, including custodial and maintenance, nutrition services, and secretarial staff, classroom and yard duty assistants, and other school and district support staff. The Memorandum of Understanding for Coronavirus Response: Distance/Hybrid Learning was signed by District and CSEA bargaining units on January 8, and ratified by CSEA members on January 29, prior to receiving Board of Education approval on February 16.

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