March 18, 2020
We understand that these are uncertain times and messages and directives are changing rapidly. We want our members to be assured that during this time our CBA still applies. It is under the directive of Governor Newsom that schools continue to provide students with distance learning models while they remain closed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Department of Education has released a framework to help guide planning the infrastructure of distance learning.
Staff is expected to be available during regular contract hours to students, families, and administrators. In the event that you become sick, you would put in for the sub request as normal. Your principal will have access to your plans. If you are out for one day, you could let your students know to continue the study plan and follow up the next day. If you are directed to go on medical leave from your doctor, admin is working out how to have a sub take over the distance learning of your classroom. Beginning March 23rd, when you are available during your regular contract hours for instruction, admin will only hold short meetings on Wednesday’s.
Lesson plans should demonstrate appropriate quality of standards-based learning tasks with enough work provided, to warrant a 5-hour instructional day for elementary, 3 hours for Kinder, and appropriate per period for secondary. Please allow time in your plans for students to have breaks and lunch, as well as “think” time, active time, etc., as they would normally receive in class. For elementary teachers, our number one focus is continuing lessons in Language Arts, required PE minutes, and Math, with integration of other subjects when appropriate. For K-2 teachers: Your site administration will duplicate the packets you submit on Fridays for distribution on Mondays. As we continue this remote plan, you will be picking up the packets that parents return on Fridays. We highly encourage collaboration in these efforts as we know our membership collectively holds a wealth of understanding and expertise that can be shared and utilized by many in this new format we are working with.
It is important that we ensure all our students are accessing our classes. Please keep track of students who are not accessing and let your site administrator know who those students are. Students should be given ongoing feedback throughout distance learning assignments and learning packets. We understand that this will be both challenging for staff and challenging for our students and families as well. There are no easy answers to this, as the level of support students will have at home and their ability to keep up is inequitable for many of the families we serve. Our directive from Gov. Newsom is to continue providing access to education and continuity of learning for our students during this difficult time. You know your students best and will be able to communicate to your admin those who will need extra support and contact through this time. There are many factors outside of our control and we must work within our parameters of providing distance learning to families. The important part here is that you are communicating to your site admin regarding those students who you feel may be falling behind. On Friday March 20, the district will have a number for teachers and for parents who need tech support.
Report card timelines remain the same. Elementary report cards should have already been submitted. The third quarter ends on March 24th for secondary.
This is a vital time for us to work together, across grade levels and sites, to support each other. We have listed some online resources on the pvft.net webpage and will continue adding those that are shared with us. During this time, we have a team of TOSAS who can remotely provide extra support to those who need it. This is unchartered territory for many of us and the best we can do is use what supports are available, work with each other and keep communication open as we begin using distance learning modalities. Please continue communicating your questions, concerns, successes, and challenges as we move forward, and we will continue working with the District as new information arises.
We are still in the process of discussing delivery plans for SELPA. We will keep you updated as the State is collaborating with the Federal Gov in regards to IDEA waivers.
In case you have not already opened the Sunday update letter from Dr. Rodriguez, here are some important points for you to know:
- All certificated staff will work from home during March 16-20, 2020 to develop distance learning resources for this multiple week closure.
- School sites will ONLY be accessible to retrieve needed material on Monday, March 16th from 8:30am to 12:00 noon.
- Your distance learning plan shall be provided to your site principal by Friday March 20, 2020.
- Virtual trainings will be available. The first training is scheduled for Monday afternoon on March 16th. Keep checking your work email for updates on those trainings.
- This District site has many resources: https://sites.google.com/pvusd.net/learnfromhomeresources/home?authuser=0
- AFT Share My Lesson site: https://sharemylesson.com/
- KQED resource page: https://www.kqed.org/education/533275/remote-in-a-hurry?fbclid=IwAR03G7rruOE_PAcrMqB09gSPsCimYN4pFMX-M-G0SNp3h9_eru-zReXiozw
- Be ready to begin distance learning with students on Monday, March 23, 2020.
- Spring break March 30- April 3, 2020.
- Sites will reopen on Monday April 6, 2020 unless continued closure is authorized.
Working collaboratively during this time is crucial. We continue to meet with the district and are working to get our members the most up to date information as it develops. Please continue checking your email and our website.
Saturday March 14, 2020
We understand this is a chaotic and unprecedented time for all of us, so we want to reassure you that your union leadership has been working diligently, along with our national and state federations, to ensure that our members’ health and safety is made the top priority in every decision, and that we are not financially harmed by school closures. Also, during this time, our state leaders were demanding that the Governor give the power of deciding to close schools to the district, which is now in place. Prior to Gov. Newsom’s Friday March 13, 2020 afternoon Executive Order to protect educators, the only legal guarantee of pay was if the Public Health Dept. authorized a closure. Therefore, we found it imperative to quickly negotiate protections, which is the traditional union procedure in the case of crisis intervention. Our agreement (MOU) ensured our members would continue to be paid if the school district declared a closure. The original District expectation was to have our members be at work all next week. PVFT was not in agreement to have its members onsite at all, but we were able to negotiate it down to three days. We believe that all district employees should be encouraged to stay home if there is any risk whatsoever.
PVFT is grateful to President Daniel Dodge Jr. for calling an emergency meeting to address the health and safety of PVUSD employees. Your comments helped compel the trustees to give the directive to allow educators to work remotely beginning Monday the 16th. They also gave the directive to extend school closure through Spring Break. Distance learning will begin the 23rd as originally planned by the district. You will be receiving a letter from Dr. Rodriguez tomorrow, Sunday, with more details which includes when a site will be available to enter in the event you need supplies.
We continue to work at the state and district level for more support and clarity as we work together to solve the problems that will inevitably arise during this evolving crisis situation.
Call to Action!
Friday, February 21st
RALLY @ Green Valley and Main from 7-8AM and
AGAIN at the Freedom overpass at 3:30PM!
Wednesday, February 26th
Board Meeting @ City Council
RALLY in front of Library beginning @6
There will be sign-making and pizza!!
Today marked the 19th meeting between PVFT and PVUSD for this cycle of negotiations that started in May of last school year. On a positive note, we did come to an agreement on Article VII and are making progress towards caseload cap language. We had several teacher experts join our last two sessions to give the district a first hand understaning of the necessity and value of this contract language. Those proposals are now with the District to work on language. On a less positive note, we received yet another total compensation proposal for 1% that relies on contigency language to increase student ADA to 97%. This so called raise would not go into effect until ratification. Today the District informed us that they have been giving, and giving, and giving, and we are not reciprocating. So, let’s GIVE them a piece of our minds.
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Educators choice voter guide now online
CFT members who are ready to vote should make sure to check out CFT’s Educators Choice voter guide. The guide contains recommendations from CFT and our local unions on candidates and initiatives for state and local races throughout the state.
Important vote-by-mail information for “No Party Preference” voters
California utilizes a “Modified Closed Primary” structure for presidential primaries, which means that voters only get a presidential primary ballot for the political party with which they are registered.
However, exceptions apply for voters who are registered as “No Party Preference” (NPP).
Three of California’s political parties allow voters who are registered NPP to request their ballot: The American Independent Party, the Democratic Party, and the Libertarian Party. In order for NPP voters to request a mail ballot from one of the three parties that allow that option, they must complete a vote by mail application no later than February 25. That application can be found on the California Secretary of State’s website.
Reminder: February 18 is the last day to register to vote in the primary
There is still time to register for the March 3 primary, but the deadline of Tuesday, February 18 is fast approaching. Register online today and please help spread the word!
The week of February 3rd, 2020, was dedicated to the hard working counselors in our school district. Here we celebrate five of our counselors and get a glimpse of their commitment to devotion and service for our students in PVUSD.
PVFT is grateful for the dedication to quality education and service for our students in PVUSD this week and every week.
Thank you PVFT Counselor members!