DAILY UPDATE #211 -- 2/18/2021

  • NOTEDue to staff absence, the Daily Update will not be produced on Friday, February 19 and will resume on Monday, February 22.
  • Q and A  (Thursday, February 18, 2021)
    Q: I am wondering why we have a Principal's Conference right in the middle of SBB? We were told on Monday at the operational meeting that principals will be given more grace. Why is it that teachers have 10 days with no meeting during the report card window, but principals are given no grace during SBB?
    A:  (Answer provided by the district)  This Principal Institute is an amazing opportunity for leaders and educators on their site team to learn from Zaretta Hammond. The keynote was calendared prior to the finalization of the SBB window.  To support principals with the timeline for SBB there is a longer window this year. Additionally, this Principal Institute has been scheduled for a half day learning opportunity during the timeline.
    Q:  Principal workload: We were told we have to actively monitor and do random inspections to make sure kids/staff are wearing masks, air purifiers are working, safety guidelines are being followed during lunch (social distancing, masks - kids will need to be spaced out for this).  How is one principal going to do this with no additional staff (office, noon duty, etc.) on campus? Will sites get a Task Force who can help with onsite health and safety monitoring?
    A:  (Answer provided by the district)    Thank you for sharing. Drew Rowlands and Susan Barndollar are available to support school sites with health and safety guidelines and monitoring.
    Q:  Vice principals were not permitted to attend the SBB meeting this past Monday.  Many attempted to sign up (at the request of the principal) and were then not given access to the SBB meeting.  Why?  This is the perfect time for VP’s to grow and learn, why are they excluded?
    Q:  Vice principals are “locked out” of the SBB. In order for a principal to get access for the VP to the SBB they have to jump through many hoops including Area Superintendent approval.  Why?  We want to support, train and grow our VP’s – so why is the district making it so difficult to get the VP access to the SBB so they can work alongside the principal through the process?
    A:  (Answer provided by the district)    For principals who wish to have their VP access SBB, please send an email with your request to your Area Finance Resource Teacher and cc your Area Superintendent. 
    Q:  How many weeks will principals be given from when the Phase 2 MOU is agreed to and the first day of Phase 2? Secondary principals will likely need at least 3 weeks to prepare for Phase 2. I hope the Board and District Executive Leadership aren't expecting principals go from agreement of an MOU to 1st day of Phase 2 in just one or two weeks.
    A:  (Answer provided by the district)  Thank you for your feedback.

    The following communication was sent to principals on February 17:

    • To order lunches for students on campus for an extended day, please order their lunches a day in advance from your Food Service Supervisor. Include a roster of the students receiving the meals. 
    • Meals will be stored in the cafeteria milk coolers for the site to access and distribute.
    • The full guidance is provided here and is also located on the Landing Page
    •  Join the Instructional Technology Department’s Learning opportunity
    • Learn about the new webcams and tripods, how to set them up, and models for sharing content with students.
    • Monthly TK-5 Math Professional Learning and Networking meetings.
    • Secondary SDEM Professional Learning and Networking meetings including learning with Deborah Ball, Darrius Robinson, and TeachingWorks.
    • Budgets to support tutoring have been loaded in PeopleSoft under resource 74200. 
    • The allocations were determined based on the current Phase 1 report in Illuminate. 
    • For your timekeepers, the following string is available: XXXX 74200 00 1157 01 02 01 0000. 
    • Please contact finance if any additional strings are needed.
    • We are aware of protests planned tomorrow morning.
    • As a reminder, the media is welcome to interview parents on the sidewalk in front of school, but they should not come onto campus without permission. 
    • Please reach out to Maureen Magee directly for communications help. 
    • School police are organizing to assist operations on Thursday morning. 
    • Since the state has suspended the FITNESSGRAM for this current school year, this will impact high school PE placement for the 2021-22 school year: 
      • All current 9th grade students will need to be enrolled in PE as 10th graders. The PE waiver to delay taking PE until the 11th or 12th grade year is NOT available since the FITNESSGRAM has not been given. 
      • All current 10th grade students who have NOT passed the FITNESSGRAM and who will NOT be 16 by the beginning of their junior year MUST be enrolled in PE. The PE waiver cannot be used until the student is 16 years old.
    • Per the State, sites CANNOT administer the FITNESSGRAM during this school year OR during the summer. There will be revisions to the FITNESSGRAM and an updated assessment will be shared by the State for use during future school years. 
    • The FITNESSGRAM suspension is not COVID related. The FITNESSGRAM is being waived because it is not accessible for students with disabilities or students who identify as gender non-binary or transgender. 
    • This annual fellows program will feature a different project each year and secondary educator applicants will be selected to work alongside the SD Enhanced Math (SDEM) Leadership Team to develop and support our larger San Diego Unified math educator network. 
    • Questions? Please contact Jessica Walsh, MS Math Resource teacher or Daniel Blanton, HS Math Resource teacher.

    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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