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PUSD and teachers union reach agreement on COVID work conditions

Teachers will receive 10 days notice when schools eventually reopen

The Pleasanton school board will hold a special virtual meeting to formalize an agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) on Wednesday morning, starting 10:30 a.m.

PUSD spokesperson Patrick Gannon told the Weekly, "Tomorrow's meeting is simply to approve the MOU with our teachers' association for hybrid and remote learning."

Prompted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pleasanton Unified School District and APT recently entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning returning to work for the 2020-21 school year, per orders from the state, and established reopening learning framework for K-12 schools.

Several key areas agreed on by the district and APT include an adherence to health guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health, Cal OSHA, and Alameda County Public Health Department, as well as providing personal hygiene supplies and protective personal equipment (PPE) to staff.

Also outlined is a requirement to wear face coverings and for individuals to complete self-screening for symptoms daily before coming on campus.

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The agreement also states employees will be notified at least 10 days in advance when schools are scheduled to reopen in any capacity, and that all classrooms and work areas will be cleaned and disinfected before students return to school.

The MOU expires June 30, 2021, or whenever Gov. Gavin Newsom declares the state of emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic to be expired, whichever comes first. Provisions of the MOU may be mutually reviewed by both parties as necessary.

PUSD is expected to spend $90,000 in CARES Act funds on 300 Hotspots for teachers, and another $166,000 for PPE gear will come from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) and general funds.

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PUSD and teachers union reach agreement on COVID work conditions

Teachers will receive 10 days notice when schools eventually reopen

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 5:18 pm

The Pleasanton school board will hold a special virtual meeting to formalize an agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) on Wednesday morning, starting 10:30 a.m.

PUSD spokesperson Patrick Gannon told the Weekly, "Tomorrow's meeting is simply to approve the MOU with our teachers' association for hybrid and remote learning."

Prompted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pleasanton Unified School District and APT recently entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning returning to work for the 2020-21 school year, per orders from the state, and established reopening learning framework for K-12 schools.

Several key areas agreed on by the district and APT include an adherence to health guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health, Cal OSHA, and Alameda County Public Health Department, as well as providing personal hygiene supplies and protective personal equipment (PPE) to staff.

Also outlined is a requirement to wear face coverings and for individuals to complete self-screening for symptoms daily before coming on campus.

The agreement also states employees will be notified at least 10 days in advance when schools are scheduled to reopen in any capacity, and that all classrooms and work areas will be cleaned and disinfected before students return to school.

The MOU expires June 30, 2021, or whenever Gov. Gavin Newsom declares the state of emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic to be expired, whichever comes first. Provisions of the MOU may be mutually reviewed by both parties as necessary.

PUSD is expected to spend $90,000 in CARES Act funds on 300 Hotspots for teachers, and another $166,000 for PPE gear will come from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) and general funds.

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HotSpots??
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Ruby Hill
on Aug 18, 2020 at 5:28 pm
HotSpots??, Ruby Hill
Registered user
on Aug 18, 2020 at 5:28 pm

I am all for using Fed Funds for Local education in these times- but $90,000 for “hotspots” for Teachers?? Is this like $4,000 for military toilets?

If this amount was for families across the district without strong wifi connectivity then maybe... but how many teachers don’t have wifi at home?

Hopefully I read this wrong


Dennis
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Birdland
on Aug 19, 2020 at 9:45 am
Dennis, Birdland
Registered user
on Aug 19, 2020 at 9:45 am

Thats great,
But why isn't PUSD requiring classes to be recorded for offline viewing by students.
During this time when it is difficult to have in-person learning, and benefit from the classroom interactions / discussion / clarifications, it is important for teachers to prepare online materials for students to view offline and refer back to clear their understanding.
At the very minimum the class sessions should be recorded and made available to students for offline viewing.


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 19, 2020 at 7:39 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 19, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Why can’t the teachers use the wifi in the classroom? Yes f the students aren’t there, they should be able to distance themselves from ea other


timbuk2
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Birdland
on Aug 20, 2020 at 7:52 am
timbuk2, Birdland
Registered user
on Aug 20, 2020 at 7:52 am

5.7.2 of agreement - daily instructional minutes for grades 4-12 is 240 minutes.

HPMS has 1 hr of Access Advisory class on Wednesdays during which kids are doing basically nothing. Obligatory attendance. Theres no instructional minutes on Wednesdays.
Why this gap between agreement and reality?
Am I missing something?


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