On Wednesday, May 5, the Sequoia District Teachers Association and the Sequoia Union High School District bargaining team met to continue to negotiate the specifics of the Fall 2021 reopening of schools.
With the current health and safety regulations the District continues to include in its proposal that 100% of staff and students would return to school full-time in the schedules that existed before the shift to distance learning occurred in March of 2020.
The plan includes all protective measures (masks, increased ventilation, physical distancing) to be maintained to the extent required by the San Mateo County Health Department.
The District's proposal assumes a fully in-person model for all students. SDTA is preparing a written response to the District's proposal, which will be discussed at the next scheduled negotiations session on May 20.
The District did respond to several items in their counter proposal.
Areas where we are still working out details of an agreement:
Providing teachers with extra planning hours and support for addressing learning needs.
Health and safety guidelines around air quality.
State & Local Guidelines
As of June 15th, the State of California requires school districts to adhere to their local public health department and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health guidelines. Consequently, our Fall plan calls for all protective measures (masks, increased ventilation, physical distancing) to be maintained to the extent required by the San Mateo County Health Department.
My office will update you if changes to the health and safety guidelines impact our reopening plan for the Fall.
To date, 65% of San Mateo County has been vaccinated. All of our SUHSD staff has been provided an opportunity for vaccination, and we will continue to facilitate further opportunities for staff as needed. Our focus is now shifting to community partnerships to assist in student's opportunities for vaccination.