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Fall 2021 Negotiations Updates

October 2021

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October 2021
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SDTA and the District met for a full day of negotiations on October 14, 2021.  Together, the groups established ground rules moving forward and SDTA completed its presentation of its initial proposal. 
 
The District's team then presented budgetary information along with their initial proposal and a preliminary response to SDTA's initial proposal.
 
The two sides will meet again on October 28th to continue negotiations.
September 2021

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September 2021
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The District and the Teachers Association had our first negotiations session on September 28, 2021.  Both teams met and began discussion regarding ground rules and norms.
 
Both parties discussed their initial proposals. SDTA began reviewing their comprehensive proposal. We set our agenda for our next negotiations session.
 
Our next negotiations sessions are scheduled on October 14 and October 28, 2021.
June 2021

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June 2021
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As we concluded the 2020 – 2021 school year, the District and SDTA met to discuss any possible health and safety protocol changes that would need to be addressed for the beginning of the 2021 – 2022 school year.  The District will be returning to the regular pre-pandemic instructional model with 100% of students in all grade levels attending classes every day.  As the restrictions and health and safety protocols evolve with the implementation of widespread vaccinations for staff and students, the District will monitor the situation and reconvene in August with SDTA to review the situation for the start of the school year and confirm what health and safety protocols will be required.
 
Also included in the discussions with SDTA were concerns raised by SDTA regarding the effectiveness of the concurrent instructional model (roomers and zoomers) that was used during distance learning.  Although there was agreement that there were issues with the model for both teachers and students, the District and SDTA did not reach an agreement regarding what instructional model the District would use if it became necessary to return to distance learning in the future.  
 
SDTA and the District did reach an agreement on providing support for teachers during the summer months to work on addressing the impact of distance learning and instruction on student learning.  The agreement allows for additional collaboration and/or curricular planning during the summer recess to address the impact of COVID-19 on student learning.  SDTA members will have the opportunity to receive compensation for up to ten hours of work at the curricular rates for work that is completed prior to the start of the 2021 – 2022 school year.  The work to be performed must address one of the following three areas.
 
  1. Create a calendar of the first 3 to 4 weeks of instruction demonstrating the utilization of re-teaching of concepts identified from the prior year including at least one “re-orientation” activity for students.
  2. Design an assessment to determine the skill set level of incoming classes as well as an activity to help students with reorientation.
  3. A return to in-person school project pre-approved by site administration.
May 2021

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May 2021
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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.