DAILY UPDATE #161 -- 11/13/2020
 

  • NEW ITEMS
     
  • COVID DECISION TREE
    For your information, AASD is sharing the decision tree the District is using when there is a student or staff member who is ill or appears to have possible COVID symptoms. 
    https://covid-19.sdcoe.net/Portals/covid-19/Documents/Health%20Practices/COVID-19-Decision-Tree.pdf

     
  • DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS

    The following communication was sent to principals on November 12:
     
  • SDCOE SCHOOL REOPENING DASHBOARD
    • The County Office of Education has released a new DASHBOARD to share data on the progress all schools are making in reopening. 
    • SDCOE requires districts to submit reopening data on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.   
      •  This dashboard reflects the following data metrics:
        • Number of students participating in: 
          • Full-Time in person learning; 
          • Hybrid Learning (in our District this number is based on weekly attendance to Appointment-Based Learning); and,
          • Distance Learning for 100% of their instructional program.
        • Number of employees who are scheduled to work in person, at a school site, for any portion of their work schedule. The number of staff members reported is any staff on campus as reported by your BSS or POS.
      • Feel free to review data for your school. School participation data is generated through PowerSchool attendance records. 
      • The Communications Office is ready to help with the media, and our Quality Assurance Office is available to help with parent concerns. 
         
  • ALTERNATE ELPAC
    • Alternate ELPAC is fast approaching:  January 12, 2021 – February 16, 2021.
      • Replacement of ELLA assessment for CAA students with most significant disabilities only.
      • Review Training dates, TOMS designation, and assessor requirements.
    • Please contact Erika Simmons at esimmons@sandi.net in Assessment Services with questions.
       
  • SCHOOL SITE FUNDRAISING GUIDANCE
    • Currently school sites are not permitted to have any type of “in-person” or “on site” fundraising.
    • Principals will be notified when there is a change to this guidance via the Principals Update.
      • Example of a fundraiser that is allowed (following the documentation and approval process outlined in AP 2265 ASB Fundraising protocols OR AR 1230 Fundraising activities by non district organizations)
        • Approved school site fundraiser where Jamba Juice donates a percentage of their sales for the day to a school.
      • Example of a fundraiser that is NOT allowed:
        • School sites sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. and people drive by schools or a different location to pick them up. 
    • Please contact Stacey Seiders at sseiders@sandi.net with questions.
       
  • TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION PD
    • This is a friendly reminder about classes offered by Instructional Technology and the Assistive Technology Department. Teachers can learn:
      • Increasing student engagement in Zoom/Google Meet
      • Pear Deck Basics (advanced features coming soon) 
      • Read & Write for Chrome - Make content accessible to your students
      • Understanding your new classroom equipment (those with the new Displays)
    • Find a calendar of classes or explore videos/resources for self-paced learning HERE.
    • We also have classes for Classified staff to learn the following:
      • Google Drive Basics, Google Docs and Slides, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Intro to Microsoft Word, Intro to Excel, Advanced Microsoft Word, Advanced Excel
      • Click here for the calendar and instructions to sign up. 
         
  • SECONDARY UPDATES
    News Release - Athletics Conditioning 
    • Tomorrow, November 13, 2020, we will be sharing a News Release regarding some of our district’s athletic teams that are allowed to return to outdoor workouts.
      • Our district continues to rely on science-based decisions and health and safety guidelines developed in consultation with UCSD.
      • Teams that participate in outdoor season 1 sports will be allowed to start holding outdoor workouts starting Monday, Nov. 16. 
    • Athletes and coaches will be required to follow health and safety protocols.
       
  • The following communication went to principals today:
     
  • SDUSD-SDEA TENTATIVE AGREEMENT 
    RE: EXPANSION OF PHASE ONE APPOINTMENT-BASED LEARNING
    • The District and SDEA have reached a tentative agreement to expand Phase One of providing supplemental appointment-based onsite learning opportunities for Early Learning and Secondary students. 
    • As summarized below, the agreement outlines students that would be considered for appointment based onsite learning for the Expansion of Phase One and the Health and Safety requirements for implementation.
    • Expansion of Phase One to begin on December 7, 2020. This update serves as the bargained two workweeks’ notice.
    • All students will continue to receive online learning as previously agreed to in the July 30, 2020 Agreement between the District and SDEA.
       
  • EARLY LEARNING
    • Targeted instruction and assessments for students enrolled in the Early Learning Programs (inclusive of ECSE and ECE), opportunities for onsite appointment-based learning will be considered for all students. 
    • Administrators and teachers will then engage with site teams (which may include counselors, psychologists, nurses, education specialists, related services providers, and/or English learner coordinators) to develop and implement a plan for the identified students using existing site staff and resources.
    • In-person appointments with students shall be limited to groups of no more than:
      • Infant Program: Three (3) infant students, with parent(s) and/or guardian(s) in attendance with the infant.
      • Toddler School: Three (3) toddler students in the Toddler School program.
      • Pre-School: Four (4) students in Early Learning part-day preschool and grade TK/4.
    • Appointment-based onsite learning for Early Learning part-day program (blended and separate) will occur within the 30 minutes per session of whole group instruction and/or the 45 minutes per session of small group instruction and conferencing. 
      • Phase One appointments may occur in addition to the workday if the participating educator is compensated at the Tutoring Hourly Assignment rate of pay. Prior approval from the appropriate administrator is required for any Phase One appointment occurring in addition to the workday and for such compensation.
    • Appointment-based onsite learning will occur within the 240 minutes of direct and indirect daily instruction/services periods of time. 
      • Phase One appointments may occur in addition to the workday if the participating educator is compensated at the Tutoring Hourly Assignment rate of pay. Prior approval from the appropriate administrator is required for any Phase One appointment occurring in addition to the workday and for such compensation.
    • Outdoor settings are encouraged to be utilized for Phase One Onsite Appointments whenever practicable. The Infant & Toddler program may meet in public, non-District premises, such as local public parks. When appropriate to meet health and safety protocols, outdoor learning settings on District premises will be coordinated by the site administrator and set up by the District when equipment is needed.
       
  • SECONDARY 
    • Students in grades 6-12 and TRACE who:
      • Are English Learners and have a D or F in ELD, ALD, or grade-level English course OR are Newcomer students (in the country less than 2 years).
      • Are not meeting IEP goals or have intense support needs OR who have been recommended for an initial assessment or require a triennial assessment and require standardized assessment that cannot be completed online for eligibility.
      • Earned a D or F in ALL their courses for Quarter 1 or the most recent progress report.
      • Are enrolled in a VAPA or CCTE course and are at risk of failing the course due to needing access to site facilities or equipment in order to complete assignments.
    • The following process will be used to identify Secondary students who need modified online support and/or appointment based onsite learning:
      • The District will provide sites with an Illuminate report to assist in identifying students. 
      • Educators will review their students in the categories above for their progress towards academic goals and content-area proficiency by analyzing formative assessments, observations, and information gathered from families.
      • Based on their review, educators will propose students who need modifications to online support and/or need appointment based onsite learning.
      • Administrators and educators will then engage with site teams (which may include counselors, psychologists, nurses, education specialists, related services providers, and/or English learner coordinators) to develop and implement a plan for the identified students using existing site staff and resources.
    • Requirements for Secondary appointment based onsite learning:
      • Appointment-based onsite learning is contingent upon available site staff and resources and may include the recommending educator.
      • Onsite appointments with students shall be limited to groups of no more than 4 students in grades 6-12 and TRACE.
    • Outdoor settings are encouraged to be utilized for Phase One Onsite Appointments whenever practicable. TRACE may meet in public, non-District premises, such as local public parks. When appropriate to meet health and safety protocols, outdoor learning settings on District premises will be coordinated by the site administrator and set up by the District when equipment is needed.
       
  • FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS PreK-12
    • Appointment-based onsite learning will occur within the 180 minutes of whole/small group instruction and/or the 60 minutes of additional small group instruction, conferring, and office hours. 
      • NEW:  Phase One appointments may occur in addition to the workday if the participating educator is compensated at the Tutoring Hourly Assignment rate of pay. Prior approval from the appropriate administrator is required for any Phase One appointment occurring in addition to the workday and for such compensation.
    • Appointment based onsite learning will occur within the 240 minutes of direct and indirect daily instruction/services periods of time established for non-classroom educators. 
      • NEW:  Phase One appointments may occur in addition to the workday if the participating educator is compensated at the Tutoring Hourly Assignment rate of pay. Prior approval from the appropriate administrator is required for any Phase One appointment occurring in addition to the workday and for such compensation.
    • Administrators will coordinate with site and central office personnel to make arrangements for transportation, meals, health and safety protocols, and coordination of classroom access, preparedness, and sanitation for students identified to receive appointment based onsite learning. A summary of the health and safety guidelines can be viewed HERE.
    • The agreement only addresses the terms for Expansion of Phase One of the return to onsite instruction. Terms for subsequent phase(s) are subject to bargaining.
    • The agreement shall expire in full without precedent on the last day of the 2020-2021 traditional school year, unless extended by mutual written agreement.
    • A voluntary informational meeting for Secondary Principals will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17th, from 8-9am.  Meeting invite will be sent out on Monday.
       
  • OTHER NEWS
    SDUSD board members, parents say district is falling short in Phase One  (SD Union Tribune, November 13)
    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2020-11-13/san-diego-unified-board-members-parents-say-district-is-falling-short-in-phase-one-reopening
     
    Parents say SDUSD mask policy discriminates against students with disabilities (SD Union Tribune, November 12)
    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2020-11-12/parents-say-san-diego-unified-mask-policy-discriminates-against-students-with-disabilities

     
  • REMINDERS
     
  • 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:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVSsqBQSHboCdgqbnpaucUY--DHKjosG8MAmRuCxawzB4blg/viewform?usp=sf_link
     
    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 -- donis@aasdcs.org   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- 
    linda@aasdcs.org   619-861-2701
    Office Clerk, Jim Costello --
     jim@aasdcs.org 
     
    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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