DAILY UPDATE #85 -- 7/21/2020
- AASD OFFICE CLOSURE
AASD will be sending out a Daily Update, Monday-Friday, throughout the return to instruction/ school reopening period. The Weekly Update will continue as usual on Thursdays with the typical news and information for AASD members. The AASD Office continues to remain closed. AASD staff are working remotely and can be reached via 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, COVID-19, return to instruction and school reopening. AASD will provide answers to issues, questions or concerns submitted as answers become available. 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.
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 (Tuesday, July 21, 2020)
Q -- On Friday's principal updates it was noted that principals should NOT do classroom assignments yet. I understand that on-site teaching/learning will require that we take into consideration any necessary accommodations; however, in six weeks we are starting ALL online learning for an indefinite amount of time. Why can't we give teachers their assignments for the time period that is all online? Teachers would like to know what they will be teaching so that they can do some preparation. Some might need to change grade level or do combos due to the numbers so they would like to know what to prepare for. It is understood that once we return to on-site teaching/learning we may have to reorganize, but even this is up in the air because what if a vaccine is found by then and then there is no need for accommodations. We need to prepare for the here and now FIRST while also preparing for alternate plans. There are too many unknowns but to keep people waiting when we already know that we are starting online in 6 weeks is ridiculous. What are we missing here? Why can't we do class assignments for the beginning of school if we already know that it will be online?
A – (Answer provided by AASD) AASD certainly understands the frustration with having to wait to do this critical work necessary to reopen our schools August 31 for online instruction. That being said, an important piece of what site administrators need to do is connected to the current bargaining between SDUSD and SDEA, in terms of the parameters of any negotiated agreement. In conversations with District Leadership this morning, they are hopeful to conclude the part of bargaining that affects your work – which is the instructional piece – by the end of this week. Then direction can be given to site administrators so classroom assignments, master schedule, etc., are in conformance with the negotiated agreement.
- YOUR UNION IS INVOLVED BOTH STATEWIDE AND NATIONWIDE – AND IT SHOWS!
Over the past week (and throughout the pandemic), AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, has been in conversation and collaboration with management unions throughout the State of California through CAUSA (the California Association of Urban School Administrators), of which Donis is the Chair. Representatives from the management unions in San Diego (AASD), Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland, West Contra Costa, Sacramento and San Juan participate in CAUSA which AASD finds to be a valuable resource. CAUSA colleagues from throughout the State were grateful to receive a copy of AASD’s MOU’s regarding return to instruction. AASD is the first union of a large urban school district to negotiate a return to instruction MOU. Additionally, AASD was the first union of a large urban school district to negotiate the school closure MOU last March and the only one to successfully negotiate hazard pay during the school closure time.
Also, on Monday, July 20, Donis was asked to join a radio program out of Sacramento, KDEE 97.5, during their "Family Matters" radio show, which featured union leaders from San Diego (Donis), Los Angeles (Juan Flecha), San Francisco (Caroline Satoda) and Sacramento (Richard Owen) to talk about return to instruction. It was a rewarding experience and interesting to participate and hear the perspective from the public and others.
This week, Donis and AASD President, Jolie Pickett, are participating in online trainings and conversations with union leader colleagues from around the nation during training that the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) is providing related to bargaining, etc., during the pandemic. AFSA has proven to be a great resource for AASD.
What has become evident in these conversations and trainings is that AASD and SDUSD are well ahead of the curve in contrast to many other large urban school districts in planning for school reopening and in negotiating the impacts and effects of such decisions. While it may seem we are behind in terms of preparing for instruction to resume on August 31, we are actually very much ahead of our colleagues both statewide and nationwide. We can do this!
- OTHER NEWS
When Can Kids Go Back To School? Leaders Say “As Soon As It Is Safe” (NPR, July 21)
Virus concerns nudge some teachers toward classroom exits (SD Union Tribune, July 21)
Doing School Work in the Parking Lot Is Not a Solution (NY Times, July 18)
- 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.