DAILY UPDATE #153 -- 10/30/2020
- NEW ITEMS
- LAST NOTIFICATION -- AASD MEMBER SURVEY REGARDING UPCOMING PHASES OF REOPENING – SURVEY DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AT 10PM – WE WANT YOUR INPUT!
The AASD bargaining teams would like input from all AASD Members in Good Standing. We will be entering into bargaining at an upcoming date and we want to hear from our members. In order to take the survey, you will need to review the district’s PowerPoint (link below) on the upcoming phases of school reopening/return to onsite instruction. Remember the PowerPoint is the district’s draft plan – many aspects must be negotiated with the various unions. As of the press conference on last Tuesday, we know the District’s plan is to expand phase 1 to select secondary students and begin phase 2 for elementary student after winter break on January 4 and for secondary students on January 25.
Link to Phased Implementation
Once you have reviewed the proposed plan for the phases, then please take the survey below so that AASD has your input. The survey closes on Sunday, November 1 at 10pm.
AASD Bargaining Teams:
Donis Coronel, Chief Negotiator
Patti Burch, Official Notetaker
Certificated Bargaining Team:
Scott Thomason, Principal, CPMA Middle (Bargaining Chair)
Kristin Makena, Program Manager, SPED
Jonathan McDade, Principal, Correia Middle
Ernie Remillard, Principal, Mission Bay High
Lauren Robinson, Principal, Hawthorne Elementary
Niecy Watkins, Principal, Jerabek Elementary
Classified Bargaining Team:
Jesus Montana, Sergeant, School Police (Bargaining Chair)
Bill Cheney, Area Supervisor, Food Services
Bryan Ehm, Manager, Physical Plant Operations
Brian Kenworthy, Operations Specialist, Charter Schools/Leadership and Learning
Lumumba Mushonga, Supervising Rehabilitation Specialist, MHRC
- Q and A (Friday, October 30, 2020)
Q: I am a K-8 principal. I’ve read through the plan for the phases. PLEASE – K-8 sites must be treated differently than elementary and secondary in terms of the phases. PLEASE – consider K-8’s as “elementary” in terms of the phases. We cannot successfully implement an elementary plan AND a secondary plan and have two separate schedules/plans going on at one site. It is truly too much to manage. HELP!
A: (Answer provided by the District) Please contact your area superintendent.
(Answer added onto by AASD) All K-8 principals need to band together and determine what their feedback is regarding K-8’s so there is consistent messaging. From talking with several, there are varying opinions about how to handle K-8 and the phases.
Q: We were notified not to hold any meeting in November (elementary). This creates a huge issue. Specifically, how do we continue to keep staff well informed, create structures for planning and common assessment development and calibration among the MANY other things we cover at staff meeting, PD, and PLC. Yet, we keep getting new initiatives to lead (new restorative policy).
A: (Answer provided by the district) The Revised Parent Teacher Conference Update <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e0enMlFFeEOdVDBspqUT2Q9QCzEW0jKQkkBGknu0bz8/edit?ts=5f999693> memo, in the Principal Update shared 10/28/2020, applies only to ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITES. The ‘No Staff Meetings for the month of November’ is in reference to staff meetings, PD, or PLC meetings. IEPs, SSTs, 504, SSC, SGT, and ILTs may still be scheduled. We have updated the Principal Update on 10/29/20.
- DISTRICT COMMUNICATION
- The following communication was sent to principals on October 29:
- PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES REVISED
- Clarification: The Revised Parent Teacher Conference Update memo shared yesterday applies only to ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITES.
- The ‘No Staff Meetings for the month of November’ is in reference to staff meetings, PD, or PLC meetings.
- IEPs, SSTs, 504, SSC, SGT, and ILTs may still be scheduled.
- NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP (NISL) INFO SESSION
- For those that missed the October 28th informative session and are interested in applying, here is the slidedeck and the recording from yesterday.
- SDUSD is partnering with NISL to provide the Executive Development Program to our site administrators as a voluntary year-long professional development opportunity.
- There are 25 seats available for the January 2021 cohort! Brief Application is due on November 20th.
- SECONDARY UPDATES
- Parent Communication - Grading Policy
- The following template has been provided to assist Secondary Principals in communicating the implementation for the new grading policy: Parent Communication.
- Using the provided template is optional and can be adjusted to fit the needs of individual school sites.
- Grades 6-8 Grant Opportunity:
- Apply to be part of an improvement journey to support middle school student success through Professional Learning with a focus to support 8th grader on-track to graduate from high school.
- Build your school’s continuous improvement capacity through PLC/Department Weekly Huddle Routines, Deep Data Dives and Lesson Study to drive decision-making and develop more equitable systems for students.
- Learn more funding included in the grant and the application here. Rolling deadline 10/30.
- Contact Alexandra “Aly” Martinez at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
- The following communication went to principals on October 30:
- STAFFING UPDATE: TEACHERS WHO WERE EXCESSED CAN REMAIN AT YOUR SITES
- We are happy to share some good news with you. Today, we received the authority to return staff to your school. No teachers who are permanent or on year-long contracts will be excessed at this difficult time and will remain in their current assignments. Teachers on three-month contracts will still end on November 20th unless they are offered one of the vacant positions.
- You might be wondering why this decision was made. When these teachers were excessed we were required to fill a vacant position with existing staff. Within the last few hours, we were informed that we no longer need to move staff to fill positions vacated by retirement or other resignations. We acknowledge this process may have caused concern; we appreciate your patience as we worked to find a way to return teachers to your school and community.
- For sites with vacancies, the Human Resources Services Division will send you the process to fill positions early next week.
- If you have questions about the organization of your staff and/or student schedules, please contact your area superintendent. We apologize for any concerns that this process may have caused you and thank you for your dedication students.
- POST-ELECTION SUPPORTS FOR EDUCATORS
- Because our students are directly impacted by our current sociopolitical climate, we want to provide our educators with tools and resources to create safe spaces that can support the well-being, questions, and action taking of all students after the election.
- CANVAS IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- Please review this document for important information about Canvas courses.
- All teacher’s Canvas courses on the Quarter system in Powerschool will be impacted.
- SCHOOL-SITE WELLNESS DESIGNATION
- Please review this School-Site Wellness Designation letter to designate your School Wellness Coordinator for the new school year.
- All school site wellness coordinators need to be designated for the 2020-21 school year. The deadline for this task is November 13th.
- For any questions, please contact, Wellness Program Supervisor Kate McDevitt firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SECONDARY UPDATES
- College Application & Financial Aid Night
- Student Equity Ambassador President, Esha Walia, in collaboration with our Counseling Department will host a College Application and Financial Aid Night for all District students on:
- Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:30-5:30 pm.
- College application season is underway and this is a great opportunity for Seniors to learn more about their post-secondary options. All seniors are encouraged to attend.
- For more information, contact Jason Maher at email@example.com.
- OTHER NEWS
Students getting in-person instruction at accelerating pace in California (includes information about SDUSD) (EdSource, October 29)
- AASD/DISTRICT "HOTLINE" INFORMATION
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.
- SPECIAL GRATITUDE
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 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.
- 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
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.