DAILY UPDATE #143 -- 10/15/2020

  • Q and A (Thursday, October 15, 2020)
    Q:  Today my BSS told me that the POS told him that phase 2 and phase 3 will not involve elementary schools. Why is the POS getting information about the phases before the principals?
    A:  (Answer provided by AASD)   The information you have received is not accurate.  The district is bargaining phase two and subsequent phases with SDEA at this time.  There is no information to be shared publicly at this time about phase 2 or any subsequent phase.  The information you received is inaccurate and is likely a rumor. 
    Q:  Donis, would you please share with district leadership that the last few weeks with SPSA, Phase One, and Staffing have been extremely emotional for principals. Add to that, the negative press the district has had regarding the removal of the President's letter from the food boxes and the parent protest at the Ed Center... This not only affects us as a matter of workload, but it also puts a lot of stress on principals as we are the face of the "the district" to our families, and parents reach out to us to make sense of what they're hearing. I am not necessarily expecting a response from district leadership, but rather just appreciate the opportunity to share what many of us feel. Thank you.
    A:  (Answer provided by AASD)   Thank you for your input.  I have shared it with district leadership.  AASD certainly understands this is an emotional time for principals who are being pulled in many directions and, unfortunately, are many times the “bearers of bad news” or are the “punching bags” for parents and staff.  Thank you again for sharing.  I know many of your colleagues feel the same way.
    Q:  I heard that the retirement incentive is going to be changed/improved due to lack of interest.  Is that true?
    A:  (Answer provided by AASD)  No, that is not true.  AASD has verified with district leadership that the plan remains as it was initially presented.  The information you heard is not accurate and likely a rumor.  While AASD does not have actual numbers, there is quite a bit of interest in the incentive.

    The following communication was sent to principals on October 14:

  • LEADERSHIP LAB #1 - Reminder
    • October 20th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Zoom information will be included in the calendar invite.
    • This is a voluntary opportunity for site leaders to come together with colleagues.
    • We will continue to develop a deeper understanding of the Call to Action for Black Youth and leadership practices for next steps. 
    • It’s time to begin the Teacher of the Year Process.
    • Administrative Circular No. 13 is now posted online in Bulletins and Circulars.
    • Nominations are due to no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 
    • Please read this letter for more information.
  • Professional Development for Secondary English Teachers and Education Specialists
  • College Fairs
    • The Career Council/National Hispanic College Fairs, Inc. is hosting a Virtual Fall 2020 College Fair Programs for School Counselors, High School Students and Parents. 
    • HBUC will be hosting two Virtual College Fairs - Please share!
      • FLYER November 3, 2020 12:00 to 2:00 p.m
      • FLYER November 10, 2020  4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    If an AASD member has a department or individual that deserves special recognition during this time of crisis, please use the link below 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.

    AASD thanks All of our AASD members for the many instances of kindness, grace, compassion and true camaraderie with other AASD members during this difficult, stressful time.  AASD has seen and heard of so many random acts of kindness, colleagues sharing and brainstorming with others to work through problems and just offering a listening ear to other colleagues.  Bravo!!  And the reality is that sometimes it just feels good to vent to a work colleague who understands!!  Thank you all for not only being dedicated wonderful leaders, but for your kindness and understanding of others.  YOU make a difference!

    Back-to-School Backlash – SDUSD and Carlsbad (CBS8, October 14)
    California still lacks connectivity for more than 300,000 students during distance learning (EdSource, October 14)

    The hotline established with the District is available to AASD unit members and other management who are charged with enforcing the health and safety policies and procedures.  Call the hotline when you need immediate assistance when conflicts arise, clarification is needed, or decisions must be made regarding health and safety matters. 

    This hotline is for ALL AASD represented members, both classified and certificated.  The hotline phone number is
    (619) 981-0760.  The hotline is available on all District workdays, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In the rare event that a message must be left, all calls will be returned promptly, within the same day.
    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.

    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
    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.


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