DAILY UPDATE #1 -- 3/16/2020

  • AASD Office Closure:  March 16 through April 3, 2020
    Dear AASD Members in Good Standing, Affiliate Members and Retired Members:
    AASD will be sending out a daily update, Monday-Friday, throughout the school closure period.  At this time, schools are closed through April 3, with students returning April 6.  Of course, that is open to modification as we go into the upcoming weeks.  The AASD Office will remain closed during the period of time the district is closed.  AASD staff will be working remotely and can be reached at the contact information at the end of this e-mail.
    AASD has created a Google Form for AASD Members to report issues, questions or concerns regarding work-related issues and the COVID-19 virus.  Any issues, questions or concerns submitted via the Google form will be shared daily with the District.  AASD will then share the answers to issues, questions or concerns submitted as those answers are received from the district.  Our first set of answers is below.

    The link to share issues/questions/concerns is:
    Please do not share this link outside of AASD membership (classified and certificated management/supervisors).  The link will be active until this crisis is over.  PLEASE CHECK THE DISTRICT’S WEBSITE TO ENSURE YOUR ISSUE/QUESTION/CONCERN HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED THERE.
    Q and A (March 16, 2020)
  • 1. Q - Are AASD-represented employees (classified and certificated) paid during the district closure?
  • A – Yes, all monthly, salaried AASD-represented members are paid during the closure of the District.
  • 2. Q  --  Is the central office (Ed Center and other central office locations) open or closed?
  • A – All central offices are closed.  Select “essential personnel” (such as School Police) are to report to work as directed by their supervisor.  Other central office personnel are working remotely from home as directed by their supervisor.
  • 3. Q – Are some AASD members being required to report to work during the closures?
  • A – Yes, essential personnel (such as school police and food services supervisors) are required to report.  Others may be too, but we are still receiving information on that.
  • 4. Q -- Is the school year going to be extended in order to make up for lost days for students?
  • A --  The District is waiting for guidance from the State on this topic.
  • 5. Q --  Will employees who either self-quarantined or employees who were sent home from work due to possible symptoms have their leave banks replenished for the time they were absent?
  • A --  Yes. Effective March 9, 2020, the District created an alternative paid sick leave absence type for all regular monthly employees. Please be patient as the district works through this. For more information, employees can check with District website at: https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/staff-info
  • 6. Q -- Will the days employees aren’t reporting to work effect our retirement for calendar days worked this year? I’m planning on retiring June 30, 2020. I want to know if this is going to effect my years/time worked?
  • A – The closure days will not affect anyone’s retirement.  All monthly salaried employees are in paid status during the closure.  CalPERS and CalSTRS reporting will show all employees in paid status.
  • 7. Q -- The announcement of school closures going out to news stations prior to the Principals being able to release information created a lot of problems. Parents were upset that the news was informing them before me. The office staff spent hours not doing their regular work to field phone calls from about 9:30 AM through the end of the school day. It would have been a better choice to send this closer to the end of the school day or after school was dismissed. Understood that this would not allow for work to be sent home, but since it's not going to be required what was the point to panic parents and have staff deal with the phone and email messages for hours? 

    Why is information going to the news stations and Twitter before staff and Principals? I just heard from a staff member at 6:25 PM that Fox 5 has announced that any parents who didn't send kids on Friday will have "no retributions." At least attempt to alert us first prior to news stations please. This is problematic and not good communication skills. We've asked this numerous times and yet it is still not followed.
    A --  The District agrees that the timing of the communications have not been perfect.  However, the decision to close was done jointly with LA Unified and announcements were made sooner than expected to the media.  In times of crisis, unfortunately sometimes things like this happen.  The District leadership knows the timing was off and apologizes for the ramifications of that.  We have been told they are continuing to refine how they communicate, with whom and the timing.

    AASD Contact Information During the District Closure:
    Executive Director, Donis Coronel --
     donis@aasdcs.org   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- 
    linda@aasdcs.org   619-861-2701
    Office Clerk, Jim Costello --
    Please keep informed via the District’s website www.sandi.net, Daily Updates from AASD and via the AASD Website www.aasdcs.org.
    Be well,
    Donis Coronel
    Representing the AASD Board of Directors
    Donis Coronel, Executive Director
    Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools (AASD)
    3505 Camino del Rio South, Suite 264
    San Diego, CA  92108-4037

    Phone (619) 295-2118
    Cell (619) 813-8792
    Fax (619) 295-6274




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