Negotiations Update: March 3, 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 3, 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 careful and deliberate return of elementary students, based on current Public Health guidelines. At the March 3 meeting, GTA presented a counter-proposal to the District’s initial MOU from February 19. The District prepared and provided an immediate response. The following are highlights from the District’s response:
Elementary Return to School Plan
- Los Angeles County opened vaccines to Phase 1b, Tier 1, including education sector employees, on March 1. By Friday, March 5, Glendale Unified will have facilitated vaccine appointments for all employees who want to be vaccinated, including teachers, classified staff, school and district administrators, athletic coaches, and classroom assistants.
- All preschool and elementary classroom teachers, Child Development and Child Care (CDCC) teachers, and all teacher specialists, nurses, and counselors assigned to an elementary school will report to campuses beginning Tuesday, March 23.
- Elementary students in grades TK through 2 may begin on-campus instruction with a hybrid model on Monday, March 29.
- Elementary students in grades 3 through 6 may begin on-campus instruction with a hybrid model on Monday, April 5.
- All CDCC teachers who are not assigned to half day preschool programs will be assigned to provide child care services. All CDCC preschool teachers who are assigned to half day preschool programs will teach in a distance learning model from their classroom until their students return to on-campus instruction.
- All preschool and elementary classroom teachers will be given up to five additional paid, on-campus work days to prepare their classrooms, attend professional development, and/or plan for hybrid instruction.
- Elementary classroom teachers will 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. Elementary classroom teachers will receive a one-time bonus, paid through COVID funds, to account for the additional supervision duties.
- 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 chooses to participate in on-campus or distance learning instruction.
- Preschool and elementary classroom teachers will provide 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).
- Students attending school on-campus will be provided with the supplies they need to participate in instruction.
- The District proposed hybrid learning schedules, which 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.
- All students who choose to return for in-person learning in a hybrid model will attend school on campus for at least two days per week. All students will participate in distance learning and teachers will be expected to work from home on Wednesdays to allow time for deep cleaning classrooms between student groups.
Services for Students with Special Needs
- All service providers, including speech-language pathologists; deaf and hard of hearing teachers/specialists; visual impairment teachers/specialists; orientation mobility teachers/specialists; adaptive physical education teachers; special education itinerant teachers; and assistive technology specialists, will report to campus beginning March 23.
- Participating service providers will deliver services in-person to those students who are attending school in-person and conduct special education assessments and testing in person to those students who are able and willing to receive in-person assessment/testing.
- Assessments, testing and/or services that are in-person will be provided one-on-one except in situations when a student’s IEP allows for an instructional or behavioral assistant.
Health and Safety Protocols
- Glendale Unified School District will continue to follow all health and safety protocols set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- All students and employees will undergo a daily health screen before being permitted on campus.
- Glendale Unified will ensure planned, periodic, voluntary, asymptomatic testing every two weeks for in-person staff and students receiving in-person instruction while in the Red and Purple tiers for COVID-19 transmission.
- The District will provide 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 will install MERV 13 filters in all HVAC units and provide a stand-alone HEPA air filtration device in each classroom.
- 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.
- The District will minimize access to all campuses, 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 will follow CDC Guidelines.
- The District will designate one full-time credentialed school nurse, licensed vocational nurse, or health clerk for each elementary school site.
- 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.