PVFT Educators Show Compassion
As Santa Cruz County faced COVID-19 and ordered for its members to shelter in place, we were tasked with completely transforming our work and home life routines. For some, this meant intensifying the various hardships already endured everyday. Since we started shelter in place, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers educators have worked tirelessly to flip our curriculum upside down and transition to online learning, all the while meeting the needs of our students and their families. Many of whom work 2 to 3 jobs in order to make ends meet and keep up the cost of living. The CARES Act was created to help lessen the financial injury of COVID-19, but it is no secret that some of these families do not qualify. In combination with living in a county with one of the highest costs of living, this has increased the financial struggle that many of these families face.
As millions of workers have applied for unemployment, it is apparent that the economic fallout will greatly affect many of our families, especially those families who are unable to receive these supports or benefits. Moving through 2020, a humanitarian crisis brews for members of our community.
Our union, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, has relentlessly worked and demanded to make workers and families a priority during this crisis, while supporting our most vulnerable members in their time of need. Thanks to our union’s advocacy we are fortunate to keep our jobs and pay. As educators, union members, and advocates for our community, it is imperative that we do not ignore the needs of our PVUSD families and that we stand by our underrepresented community members. Join PVFT educators in pledging to give part or all of the stimulus check to create a fund for unqualifying laborers and PVUSD families.
Let’s keep this teacher appreciation week going with the distance learning heroes of Pajaro Middle School and more! Pajaro Middle School, like many other sites, serves families that live in some of the more remote areas of Watsonville and beyond so internet access has been a huge challenge for their students. Never the less, teachers adapted and persevered to provide quality education to their students. #Teacherappreciation #pvftproud #unionproud #Thankateacher #everydayshouldbeteacherappreciationday #pvft1936
On school nurse day we want highlight some of the amazing school nurses that keep our students healthy and safe. In PVUSD ten school nurses ensure the safety and well being of ALL of our students. So let’s take a moment to thank them, today and everyday. #SND2020 #schoolnurseappreciation #pvftproud #pvft1936 #thankanurse
We are continuing our celebration of Teacher Appreciation week with the teachers of MacQuiddy Elementary today! While they continue to provide high quality education through distance learning, site rep Alejandra Rodriguez also organized a food drive for their MacQuiddy families. After collecting close to $700 in donations from the staff, teachers purchased groceries, put together bags, and passed them out to families!
#unionproud #thankateacher #teacherappreciation #pvftproud #pvft1936 #everydayshouldbeteacherappreciationday
Happy Teacher Appreciation week?! We are proud to represent so many dedicated educators from ECE all the way to Adult Ed! Today we are highlighting the 5th grade team of teachers at Mintie White elementary. This week the teachers and students would have been at Outdoor Science School, so they worked together to create a fun science camp based week of learning for their students, including some Outdoor Science School special guests, songs and team building games! #thankateacher #pvftproud #teacherappreciation #unionproud #pvft1936 #everydayschouldbeteacherappreciationday
You have made it through yet another week of distance learning with your students! Whew, we hope you are giving yourselves some time to rest and rejuvenate after these busy weeks. We want to still encourage all our members to be aware of the time they are spending working each day and know that our contract stipulates a 7.5 hour workday.
We have heard from members about the lack of clarity and purpose of the survey that the district sent out in regards to technology access. We have developed our own survey that we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete, so that we may share a clearer picture with the district and the Board of Trustees in regards to our memberships’ needs. PVFT Technology Survey
We want to also share that our negotiations team has met this week to continue working on our master contract. With all the uncertainties out there, we want to push forward so that we can begin our new year with a settled contract.
The Board of Trustees is meeting this Wednesday, April 29th and we encourage you all to continue writing in to the Trustees, in regards to distance learning, in regards to negotiations, and with any other concern or success you would like to share. You can comment between 5pm-6pm on the 29th using this Google form .
And Lastly we want to share from one of our High school counselors about a fundraising opportunity he has organized for the PVHS Dream Club. PVHS Dream Club advocate’s for student’s ability, regardless of immigration status, to attend college. Due to COVID-19 shelter in place and social distancing orders PVHS was not able to do their end of the year fundraiser. As we all know undocumented students face many barriers to receive post secondary education and don’t qualify to receive federal financial aid, so if you can help out please do.
Thank you. Thank you for having demonstrated tremendous care and commitment to your students, the families, and to your profession in the face of adversity. Redesigning our practice was no easy feat by any measure.
The Board of Trustees voted to extend school closures until May 5th. This date came from Dr. Rodriguez’s understanding that Governor Newsom will extend the shelter in place order until that date. Due to the Governer’s original March 13th order including waivers for school closures, while we are providing distance learning for our students, it will not be necessary to make up days in the summer. The Board will meet again on April 29th to reassess the need to extend the closure.
We hear your requests about returning to your site to retrieve materials needed for your lessons. At last night’s Board meeting, there was a lengthy discussion about this. We have sent a request to discuss this with Dr. Rodriguez and will update you of what is decided.
Yesterday, PVFT sent a demand to bargain to negotiate workload related to distance learning during this time of crisis. However, it’s important to remember that our members are working during school closures, and should continue providing distance learning while the issues are being bargained. Any unreasonable directive from a site or district administrator should be provided in writing and shared with your site representative.
Evaluations are also included as an issue to address in our demand to bargain.
The COVID pandemic has affected the dates we had arranged to continue negotiating language with the district for our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), but your negotiations team has met during this time to continue planning. We will keep you updated.
Your PVFT site reps continue to be the main line of communication between members and for addressing issues with your administration. We will be discussing how to best set up virtual site rep meetings to share your concerns and get more clarity. If you have concerns about what comes up in your staff meeting or if your site administrator is making unreasonable requests or issuing unreasonable directives, please contact your site rep.
We are doing a complete reset of our teaching practice. We are learning together. Please be patient with yourself and others through these challenging times.
As our t-shirts state: Together We Rise. Juntos Nos Levantamos.