March 11, 2021 OSD and OEA met from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Gold Coast Trust is anticipating another significant increase in rates. We anticipate the monthly cost to members to increase to $570-590 per month. As such, the Executive Board and Bargaining Team have agreed to move to Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC.) As SISC offers Anthem, Kaiser, Delta Dental, and VSP we expect a relatively easy transition for our members. We will keep our composite plans (you and your dependents) but there will be options. There will be everything from a 90% Gold Plan to a high deductible, but low monthly, for you to choose from. All of our options will cost less than you are currently paying monthly. More information will be available soon.
As our new health insurance will not begin until 10/1/21, OSD agreed to help defray the cost of the transition for August and September. This will save 681 members, with insurance, a minimum of $400. OEA agreed to return to campus to Zoom from our classrooms, once before our students arrive. For grade TK-3 this will be a flexible date to be determined by grade levels as you had very little notice. For grades 4-6th you will Zoom from your classrooms on 4/16 and 7/8 it will be 4/20.
March 9, 2021 The Association and the District met on the following dates 1/11/21, 1/22/21, 1/27/21, 2/10/21, 2/24/21 and 3/8/21. Highlights of these sessions include:
Agreement was reached on one-time compensation for full time bargaining unit members at 2% of the members’ current salary, and $200 for ISPs for expenses incurred in setting up Distance Learning and time spent COVID testing (outside of the duty day) to be paid for out of COVID funds.
The current guidance from the state permits the District to bring back special populations of students at any time, without an agreement, under the small cohort guidance.
This agreement includes a phased roll-in schedule for a return to in-person instruction.
Allows the majority of teachers to return to in-person instruction after spring break.
The students with highest need will return to campus first.
Agreement reached on Hybrid Schedules (including TK-5, DLI, Special Ed Preschool, and Middle School):
Students on campus four days a week from approximately 8:45-11:15 (TK-8).
Instruction will be in person in the morning and distance learning in the afternoon.
Teachers may teach concurrently but are not required to do so.
Teachers will have the choice to conduct distance work from home on Wednesday and after in-person instruction absent any other in-person responsibilities.
Wednesdays will remain full Distance Learning for staff and students
No full distance learning positions. Members that cannot return to in-person instruction, will need to contact HR to discuss accommodations and/or leave options.
Protected planning time from 8-8:30 a.m. for all bargaining unit members
Includes requirements from the California Department of Public Health:
As part of the return to work safety plan, bargaining unit members will be required to take a COVID test once every two months.
Upcoming Date for negotiations is 3/10/21. Continued discussion for upcoming negotiations will include salary, benefits, and class size. Stay tuned for an upcoming webinar to address return to in person instruction.
Return to School FAQs How will SIP Day work? Do we need to meet in person or on zoom? SIP Day will be in person from the site. You may need to meet with your staff via zoom to go over site logistics for in person instruction (i.e. movement of students, grab and go lunch procedures, etc.) The rest of the day is for you to prepare your classroom, check PPE, and desk spacing. What if parents change their mind and want to come in person? How big will our classes be? If a parent changes their mind and wants to send their child in-person, they may do so only if there is space while adhering to physical distancing recommended by CDC guidelines. I don’t understand the schedule. Am I teaching AA/BB? There is no more AA/BB model. Your class will be divided into those who chose in-person (hybrid) or full distance instruction. You will teach your in-person students in the morning and your distance students in the afternoon. You may choose to have your distance students zoom in with you in the morning, but you will still have to provide distance instruction in the afternoon. May I go home to teach my synchronous minutes in the afternoon? Yes, you may choose to teach either from the site or at home. Your duty day will end 15 minutes after in-person instruction. You may leave at 11:30 to finish your synchronous day at home. If my distance learning students attend concurrently in the morning, do I have Zoom in the afternoon. Yes you do, but this can now be small group time or if you have a combo one grade level at a time. Can I do asynchronous ONLY on Wednesday? No, live synchronous time is required by AB 98, we tried to keep this to a minimum. Do I have to get Covid tested if I am fully vaccinated? We are waiting on clarification for the California Department of Public Health. We will update this response as soon as possible. Is the 2% retro? It is a 2% of your annual salary and we expect you will receive it in in your May pay warrant. I teach middle school, I don't understand the periods 1-3 in the morning, then 1-3 in the afternoon can you explain? Monday and Thursday, are periods 1-3, students who signed up for in-person instruction. The afternoons are students in periods 1-3, who signed up for distance learning. Tuesday and Friday you will meet with periods 4-6. Initially, it was proposed, middle school would teach in-person kids Monday, periods 1-3 and then distance kids 4-6 in the afternoon. The agreed upon schedule allows you to focus on just 3 periods a day. Do I have to wear a mask and a shield? Wearing a mask is required, the shield is optional. If you teach special education and have a student who reads lips, please work with your site to accommodate this need. Can the district order hooks for the student desks? Make a request to your site admin first, they should have plenty of funds for desk hooks. Why does staff need to do temperature checks and check in when arriving? You can fill in the check in form prior to arriving on campus, just make a copy of the code for home. I have first period prep, does that mean I am free in the morning? You duty day on campus begins at 8:30 a.m. Why are there no breaks in the schedule? Each school site will need to work out a teacher break system. Can I pass out and collect papers? Please check with your principal and see if this is included in the school site safety plan. Otherwise, how you run your classroom is up to you and your comfort level. What about selling of preps, how will this work? This was never brought up at the table, we have asked the District team to meet with us to discuss. We will post an update when we know the answer to this question.
March 3, 2021 OSD and OEA met from 9:00-11:30 a.m. We recognize how important this information is to all of you, we are close to both a roll out timeline and schedules for elementary and middle school. The Governor proposed strong financial incentives to all districts to return in person as soon as April 1, 2021. These financial incentives reduce each day beyond April 1st. In addition, school districts may bring back small cohorts without a negotiated agreement. That being said, we are advocating for all groups and sharing all of your concerns at the table.
Thank you for taking advantage of the vaccination appointments offered throughout the county. The high numbers of vaccinated teachers helps at the table. We are able to report our members do want to return, but safely. If you did get vaccinated, please report it to them. It is not (currently) a requirement to get the vaccine. But if you did, you ARE required to report this information. It is a private medical record and will not be shared with anyone. In addition, you may return to work without the vaccination.
If you are interested in taking a leave, please contact Human resources to learn about options and requirements.
We will meet again on Monday March 8th and possibly March 10th.
February 24, 2021 OSD and OEA met from 12:30-3:30 pm. OEA presented a response to Class Size MOU, including an option for adding positions and reducing the RIF. OEA presented a response to the COVID MOU amendment, including compensation and hybrid schedules. We have not reached an agreement, but have agreed to meet again March 10, 2021 (and possibly March 1st).
February 10, 2021 OEA and OSD met from 12:30-3:30 p.m. OSD's response to class size proposal: extend current MOU on Class Size. OSD submitted an Amended COVID-19 Return to School MOU. OEA and OSD will meet again February 24 and March 10, 2021.
January 27, 2021 OEA submitted a proposal to reduce class size for the 2021-2022 school year at all grade levels to address learning loss. OEA submitted a Catastrophic Leave Bank Proposal and it was accepted by OSD. The proposal will shift the order of payments, but will increase the length of paid status for participants eligible to receive compensation.
January 22, 2021 OEA and OSD met on January 22, 2022. An agreement was reached on an Early Notification Incentive. The incentive is intended to encourage members to notify the district if they intend to retire or resign at the end of the year. This incentive may reduce the number of RIFs and benefits our members. OEA and OSD will meet again on January 27, 2021.
January 11, 2021 OEA and OSD met on January 11, 2021. Parent surveys were shared and approximately 50% of parents selected distance learning. Based on the numbers, almost every class would be disrupted. In addition, many combos would be needed at each site. Together we agreed to revisit (redo) our hybrid plan and schedules.
OSD rejected OEA's Death Benefit and Covid Leave Proposals. OEA submitted a proposal for an Early Notification Incentive.
November 20, 2020 OEA and OSD met on October 16, October 28, November 3, and November 9, 2020. Discussion focused primarily on developing hybrid and full distance learning schedules. Our goals include safety, PPE, protected planning time, similar workload for hybrid and full time distance teachers, staggered returns, ability to finish your day at home, and clear protocols for testing, screening, and notification. We continue to remind them to prepare for sub shortages as we cannot split classes when there is no substitute available. Negotiations continue, but schedules were presented to the Board with protected planning from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and live instruction from 9:30-12:30. We have no additional dates on the calendar but we will meet in December.
Where is the Canvas MOU? There is no Canvas MOU, it is actually number 39 of the COVID MOU below. It states: One additional professional development day for Canvas will be paid at the bargaining unit member's per diem rate upon completion of modules by December 31, 2020.
The modules required were determined by the District. Dr. Shea's email on October 1st provided details and a timecard sample, summarized here:
All 6 hours must be completed within the Canvas Training Services Portal
(YouTube, VCOE, or District Sponsored Trainings will not be accepted. There are two required live sessions: Assignments and Leveraging Modules. (Note-each month Canvas posts their live session calendar. Canvas is arranging for more afternoon sessions.)
The other four hours may be completed by participating in live sessions or self-paced courses offered through the Training Services Portal.Some recommended live sessions are: Exploring the Canvas Commons, Course Communication Tools, Quiz Basics, Gradebook and Speedgrader, Content Pages, Group Work and Collaboration….
Evidence of completion is required and a time card with proof of completion attached and turned into the principal.
Evidence of completion can be either a completion certificate or a screen shot of your “my learning” from within canvas.
Please submit all trainings on one timecard when all trainings are complete.