DAILY UPDATE #63-- 6/17/2020
- AASD OFFICE CLOSURE
AASD will be sending out a Daily Update, Monday-Friday, throughout the school closure period. The Weekly Update will continue as usual on Thursdays with the typical news and information for AASD members. The AASD Office will remain closed during the period of time the schools/district are closed. AASD staff will be working remotely and can be reached at the contact information at the end of this Update.
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. You may also share your gratitude for another AASD member, district personnel, etc. via the same link.
The link to share issues/questions/concerns/gratitude 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.
- Message from Superintendent Marten:
San Diego Unified schools will reopen in the fall with a focus on health and safety, according to a vote last night by the Board of Education. Students will have a choice of attending class either on campus, online or a combination of both.
Surveys will go out to all families on Thursday, June 18, to check their attendance preferences, as individual school communities begin to plan for the implementation of new safety procedures. The official date for Back to School this year remains unchanged: August 31 for all schools on a traditional calendar.
Safety and flexibility:
Beyond ensuring the safety of every school campus, San Diego Unified leaders today assured all families they will have access to high quality academic options both on their school campus and online.
There will also be flexible options for families who would like to do a combination of both.
Improvements to the online options will be based on the lessons learned from the program this spring, as well as existing independent study models available in San Diego Unified at schools like Mt. Everest Academy, one of the top schools in California, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Missed the meeting?
Don’t worry if you were not able to join the conversation. Surveys for parents and guardians will be going out this week from the district. In the meantime, if you would like to watch the Board Meeting, it’s available online.
Are we there yet?
No, there is still a lot of work to be done before the next school year begins. Every school community needs to plan for reopening in the way that works for the students they serve.
We also have a lot more work to do when it comes to federal advocacy to be able to continue to offer the educational options for the entire 2020-21 school year.
Current state funding does not provide all the resources schools will need for the entire upcoming school year. San Diego Unified will continue working with our local, state and national elected officials to fight for the funding our students deserve.
- BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN
At last night’s Board meeting, the plan presented by District leadership for reopening schools was approved. See below under "District Communications" for links to the video of the Board meeting, as well as a link to the presentation. Two options for reopening were approved – On-Site Learning (full return to school) and On-Line Learning (distance learning at home with voluntary prearranged on-site experiences). It was clear that in order to implement these two plans for the full school year, additional funding is needed from the federal government or the District will run out of the money to have On-Site Learning by mid-year. The Superintendent and Board continue to take a leadership role in advocating Statewide and Nationwide for appropriate funding.
Today, Principals met within their respective groups (High School, Middle Level and Elementary by cluster) to collaborate and create feedback notes. Tomorrow, all principals will meet with the District and share the feedback, and we are told there will be other opportunities for all to provide feedback. Meanwhile, it will take all hands on deck to implement the reopening of schools plan between now and the first day of school, August 31. Hang on for the ride!
AASD has the right to bargain the impacts and effects of the decision. More to come regarding bargaining. Please continue to submit your feedback to AASD via the Google Doc so we can share with district leadership and/or provide answers to your questions/concerns/issues/feedback.
After speaking yesterday with our colleagues in Administrator/Management unions throughout the State of California (Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, West Contra Costa, Oakland and others) – San Diego Unified is the first (of the larger urban districts) to approve a reopening plan. These Districts are in various stages of gathering stakeholder input, etc. and appear to be “waiting to see what San Diego does.”
San Diego Schools move forward with reopening schools (SD Union Tribune, June 16)
San Diego Unified School District preps for fall reopening (NBC San Diego, June 16)
City Schools work on plan for fall reopening (Fox5 San Diego, June 16)
- DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS
- PRINCIPAL “THINK TANK” PREPARATION: BOARD WORKSHOP VIDEO
- In case you missed last night’s Board Workshop, you can view video recording HERE (starts at 1:11:41) and review the presentation at this LINK.
- Today, we encourage you to collaborate with your colleagues (elementary by cluster, mid-level, & high school) to create feedback notes.
- Some guiding questions to start your conversation may be:
- What wonderings do you have about the two learning options? What should we consider in planning the details?
- For the On-Site Learning Option in which students receive daily on campus instruction:
- How can we implement this while adhering to health and safety guidelines presented in the Board Workshop?
- What measures can be taken in classroom spaces?
- What measure can be taken to maximize non classroom and outdoor spaces?
- Can student cohorting in secondary schools reduce movement throughout the campus?
- For the On-Line Learning Option in which student learn virtually at home and can also prearrange on-site experiences if they chose to:
- Which educators will provide on-line learning?
- How can schools develop a process to offer voluntary on-site learning experiences?
- Which faculty or staff members will be able to provide this on-site experience?
- What challenges might we face? What could be potential innovative solutions?
- What does this mean to your site and your cluster?
- What support will principals need from the district to lead this?
- Please note: You are not expected to have answers to these questions. These are meant to be conversation starters to help you lead your school community and guide us in supporting you.
- Please identify a leader who will share your notes to the whole group.
- We will see you at the Principals Meeting tomorrow, June 18th 8:00-10:30 am.
- SPECIAL GRATITUDE
If an AASD member has a department or individual that deserves special recognition during this time of crisis, please use the link above for reporting issues/questions/ concerns/gratitude to show your gratitude for the department or individual. AASD will publish that special thanks in our next Daily Update.
- DISTRICT WEBSITE
For your convenience, the District has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions. To access that list, click the link https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/staff-info
- AASD CONTACT INFORMATION DURING THE DISTRICT CLOSURE
Executive Director, Donis Coronel -- firstname.lastname@example.org 619-813-8792
Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- email@example.com 619-861-2701
Office Clerk, Jim Costello -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep informed via the District’s website www.sandi.net, Daily Updates from AASD and via the AASD Website www.aasdcs.org.