DAILY UPDATE #8 -- 3/25/2020
- AASD Office Closure: March 16 through April 3, 2020
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.
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.
NOTE: All previous AASD Daily Updates and Weekly Updates are located on the AASD Website www.aasdcs.org if you need to refer back to them for information.
- Q and A (March 25, 2020) (Questions were submitted by AASD members; the answers are from the District. AASD publishes the answers as they are received from the District.)
Q -- Has there been any consideration for districts to "flip" summer break? Start vacation break now and resume school in June/July? Is this a decision that could be made by State Legislators? Governor? CDE?
A – District Response: Please refer to the email sent to principals on 3/24/2020 with subject "Important Update from Superintendent Marten."
Q -- Re: Sites being opened this week for staff to come onsite to retrieve items: Given the governor’s message, that there is a shelter in place and with social distancing, along with the increase in number of the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego , I feel really uncomfortable about the possibility of coming onto my campus, which is situated in a very densely populated area, next week.
Q -- Living in a neighborhood with several teachers and staff who work in our district who have children that attend different district schools and the fact that I am on several schools staff and community mailing lists as I’ve worked at many sites during the course of a school year (from being a central office administrator), I have read about six different elementary school sites messaging to their staff and I am unsure if I should, as a principal craft a message to the families at my school. - The only means that reaches all of my family is through an All Call in three languages. - Communication Type: Facebook? Google Classroom? Another Reminder to Check District/School Website? I do not want to duplicate the efforts of the district, I only want to support the efforts. In the six different school communications I’ve read: - Some sites communicated to families. - While other sites communicated to teachers only. - Some sites communicated to all staff, including PrimeTime. - While other sites included some stakeholder groups: PTA, Foundation, Community Volunteer Organizer. - And other sites have not shared any information yet with staff or community. Or communicated that there will be more information to come (with no details). Teachers from different sites are getting together and comparing notes on what their individual principals tell them as a staff and if information is going out to the community. Also, as principals inform their teachers, teachers have informed the parents in their communities through various channels of communication and seeing this for communication spread, many facets of the communication has become unclear. Some sites communities no more than others. The communication doesn’t feel as assuring. At the principal zoom meeting, there was a comment about the need for sending a central message, but I did not hear concrete plans to send one.
Q -- Our governor mandated a stay home protocol unless for specific necessities. While some principals are communicating with their staff to check in, some are asking their staff to report to work one day this week to collect planning materials. If that is happening, what about those principals or staff at high risk or with no child care?
Q -- The suggestion given on Friday's Principal's Zoom call that we may possibly allow adults on campus this week to obtain instructional materials. This would be an unwise decision that could potentially put the health of adults and their families in jeopardy. New York Public Schools allowed this same practice (having teachers/admin. back on sites to obtain materials for distance learning) and consequently had adults test positive for COVID19. Additionally, this suggestion would be in direct violation of the Governor Newsom's plea to have no more than 10 people congregate at a time...no school staff is composed of just 10 people and knowing that not all campuses have been cleaned last week would put adults and their families at extreme risk.
Q -- Having staff return to campus this week is a very poor idea. It puts so many of us in a dangerous situation with this week allegedly being the height of the outbreak. Please re-think this one. Not a good idea.
Q -- Going on-site with staff this week is not safe for any of us. Many of my principal colleagues are stating this.
Q -- Our school nurse has shared with me that our site has two cases on N95 masks. She wants to know if we can donate those to a local hospital or hold on to them for possible future need?
A -- District Response for All Above Concerns: Please refer to the email sent to principals on 3/24/2020 regarding Access to Schools - One Time, One Goal. Additionally, Dr. Taras sent a summary of our Access Day health-related precautions to our County Health Department, so that the District could reassure principals and teachers that leaving home for this purpose would NOT be violating the Governor’s orders to stay indoors. Not only did the County Health Department endorse the idea and our precautions, they think our health precautions for Access Day can be a model for the entire state. They encouraged us to share our plan with our point of contact at CDE and other avenues to share with other state school districts. Additionally, our local health department may share our precautions with the State-level health department too.
Q – I am a Principal and I have an SDEA employee(s) that is not following direction during this time working from home. What are my options to address the matter as the supervisor of the employee(s)?
A -- Please contact your Area Superintendent to share the specific details and for guidance. The Area Superintendent may also request support from Human Resources and Labor Relations, if necessary.
- NEWS PRESS RELEASE FROM SAN DIEGO UNIFIED AND COMMUNICATIONS SENT TO PRINCIPALS
The attached news press release regarding distance learning (training, implementation, etc.) was sent on March 24 to many news agencies. In addition, all principals received the attached e-mail message and the attached message regarding a one-time access to sites scheduled for Friday, March 27.
Click here - News Release, Distance Learning
Click here - One Time Access to Schools
Click here - 3/24/2020 Email to Principals
AASD is publishing communications that we believe would be helpful and interesting to ALL members; classified and certificated. We have heard from our members who are NOT principals that they do not feel they are receiving adequate communications from the district or their chain of command. Those concerns have been shared with the district executive leadership. At this time, AASD will continue to publish communications we feel are important for ALL to know.
- IMPORTANT FROM THE VEBA RESOURCE CENTER
At the VEBA Resource Center, we realize that now more than ever, our members are needing support as we all navigate this uncertain time. We are moving towards making our wellbeing more accessible via online resources both in the short term and eventually more long term.
In the short term, we’re putting a lot of content on social media-workout videos, a Facebook live with Dr. Sondoozi about stress, various resource guides, etc.. We’ve just begun, but there is a lot of possibility with this, especially if people are going to be out for the remainder of the year. Please follow us on Facebook (VEBA Resource Center) and Instagram (@VEBAresourcectr) for ongoing resources and content.
For mid and long term, we are exploring more sustainable ways of offering virtual programs.
- CUSTODIAL – The following communication went out to custodial personnel at 12 noon today from Ron Dare, Custodial Services Manager
A special thank you to all who have been supportive in moving forward with Custodial Services in the midst of changes regarding the COVID-19 situation. Many of you have provided services at adult sites, food service preparation/feeding sites, and have shared personal stories and continue to take an encouraging approach.
Due to recent changes, the previous date (3/26/20) of coming back to sanitize all school sites has been canceled. Once a new proposed return date is established you will be informed and the sanitizing of all sites will take place.
In support of the District’s Distance Learning initiative, all BSS/POS personnel and select custodial staff will report back to work on March 27th. Today, your CSS will be contacting you to verify you and your staff’s availability. The priority for those returning will be to open and close school sites with focus on providing teachers access to classrooms to retrieve learning and teaching materials. Principals will be coordinating check-in/check-out rotational visitations from 7-3:30 PM. Please work with your administrators for access points and scheduling hours etc. Please ensure designated hand washing stations dispensers are filled with soap and paper products. Teachers will be asked to wash their hands before entering classrooms and when leaving classrooms. Classroom and restroom doors should be propped open in a locked position to avoid touch points. Please practice social distancing while working and interacting.
Although the priority will be opening/closing site, servicing the needs of staff, and cleaning used areas (restrooms etc.), time can also be spent assessing maintenance needs and submitting work orders as needed. There is also a need to gather all personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, eye wear etc.) in a central place (e.g. supply room etc.) It was recently determined that N95 masks are not required for the sanitizing process and CSS’ will be picking up masks (only) for donation to medical facilities in need; due to the shortage. The remaining PPE will be stored in a central place at your site.
Please remember to clean and sanitize touch points at the end of the day, and to secure all areas and bell system before departure. If you have questions/concerns or need additional support please contact your area CSS. Thank you for your attention and support.
- OPPORTUNITY OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (AFSA) (All AASD Members in Good Standing are Automatically Members of AFSA)
AFSA is partnering with JASON Learning, one of the leaders in digital education programs in the United States, to deliver a professional development program for school leaders tasked to manage education for students via technology during the coronavirus crisis.
Please attend the webinar and register now:
Making Digital Learning Work During Coronavirus: What Every School Leader Should Do
Thursday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. EDT (12 noon San Diego time)
Reserve your space.
AFSA has heard from a number of principals, assistant principals and other school leaders across the nation that they have been given the mandate by their district to launch/oversee digital learning programs, yet there has been little to no professional development.
Your national union (AFSA) is stepping in to providing insight, information and support to help you make it through this difficult time.
JASON Learning also is offering any school or district facing closures due to the effects of the coronavirus, COVID-19, free online access to its digital platform. JASON has a multidisciplinary curriculum built in a STEM framework. To learn more about JASON's content and platform, you may also join a Friday, March 27, webinar at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
- District Website: For your convenience, the District has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions. To access that list, click the link
- AASD Contact Information During the District Closure:
Executive Director, Donis Coronel -- email@example.com 619-813-8792
Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- firstname.lastname@example.org 619-861-2701
Office Clerk, Jim Costello -- email@example.com
Please keep informed via the District’s website www.sandi.net, Daily Updates from AASD and via the AASD Website www.aasdcs.org.
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