TEMPORARY GRADING POLICY
APT COVID-19 UPDATES
COVID-19 APT Update #5Dear APT Members,
We are coming to the end of this unprecedented school year. So many changes have been happening in this fluid climate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can we use more than 1 day to clean out our classrooms?
If you need to use more than 1 day, please notify your admin. Some larger school sites may have a schedule, but if you cannot make it on the assigned days, let your admin know and they will accommodate. You can use more than 1 day to clean out your classroom. Again, notify your admin and if it is on the weekend, please notify admin and security. 2. My admin told us we cannot bring anyone to our classroom to help, but I cannot lift heavy boxes, nor reach high enough to take things off my walls. Can a family member come and help?
Let your admin be aware of your situation. Also, if you do not have anyone to watch your kids, notify admin of your situation. Everyone that comes needs to wear a mask/face covering and admin needs to know who is on campus. Fewer people the better, but we know that everyone’s life situation is different right now. 3. Am I supposed to teach AND clean out my classroom at the same time?
If you can’t work around your daily schedule, you do not have to teach on those days that you are cleaning out your classroom. Notify your students if you do live classrooms/office hours that you will not be available on the days you are on site. 4. We received a memo regarding grading policy and it did not specifically say that elementary teachers could NOT lower grades for their final report card as it did for secondary. Can I lower my student’s grade if they did not do any distance learning?
In the MOU between APT and PUSD it was agreed that no student grades would be lower than the grade they received for their 3rd quarter (2nd semester progress report card) grades. This still stands for elementary even though it was not stated in the grading memo.
5. Can I leave a comment regarding COVID-19 in the report card to let the parents know that their child would have received an F, but due to the closures and the Board policy amendment they received a D-? (secondary/elementary teachers)
No, there should be no grade comments referencing COVID 19 or distance learning. The school board policy directing that no F’s be given this semester is not unique to PUSD, as most of our education community has adopted very similar policies. Any party interested in student transcripts such as colleges, potential employers, parents, next year’s teachers, etc, are all aware of the situation and how grades have been impacted. Adding comments that hint at a grade different than the actual grade given may be viewed as disingenuous and punitive. It is best to enter grades with no reference to school closures or the change in board policy.
6. The Governor stated that there were going to be massive cuts to education. Are we going to get a 10-15% pay cut? Are we starting the school year earlier, like in July?
Paycuts and an earlier start date need to be negotiated between APT and PUSD. Many things that are being talked about from the Governor’s office and at the state level need to be negotiated at the local level.
7. I am aged 65 or older, have a pre-existing condition, or cares for someone that puts me at high risk for COVID-19. What will happen to me next year?
If you meet the criteria stated above, you will need to submit a doctor’s note to Human Resources (HR, Olga.McCullough@pusd.org and Elvia.Ramos@pusd.org) that states that you are in the high risk group for COVID-19 and need accommodations for next year. You may be eligible for leave entitlements under HR 6201 (if HR 6201 is still in effect at that time)
8. What is happening for next school year?
There is a Re-opening Schools Task Force which has close to 100 people. There are admin, CSEA and APT members in the committees. This group is researching, discussing, brainstorming, and will make recommendations on what next school year could look like. No decisions have been made as of yet and APT will also have to negotiate the effects of any changing working conditions as well. Nothing has been negotiated or decided on for next year at this time.
9. What’s going on with the 2019-2020 negotiations?
APT and PUSD began negotiations before the school closures and then it has been paused since the closures. We are currently deciding on dates on when to meet in May and June to hopefully come to a tentative agreement (TA) for 2019-2020.
10. Will we be getting paid for the Summer Workshops?
Yes, at the inservice rate of pay ($25).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING REPORT CARDS FOR ELEMENTARY: ANSWERS FROM DIRECTOR OF ELEMENTARY SILVIA SAN MARTIN:
1. When should elementary report cards be completed?
a. Report cards need to be completed as part of checkout. Teachers have until 1:30pm on May 29th to complete. This is a strict deadline since printing and mailing will be handled centrally and will take a considerable amount of time.
2. Who will ensure that report cards are mailed home?
a. I.T. will be printing and mailing home a copy of the report card on Monday, June 1, 2020. Families should expect report cards in their physical mailbox approximately between June 8-12th.
b. I.T. is also piloting the electronic delivery of report cards for parents. As we receive more information regarding this mechanism, we will keep you informed.
3. Who will print the copy used for student records (cumulative file)
a. Sites will need to print the copy that is to be kept in the students physical record. It is recommended that sites prioritize filing the reports cards of the students who are promoting or moving. Teachers need to notify administration when they have completed their reports cards in order to allow as much time as possible to the office to print and file the site’s copy.
1. Teacher of the Year nominations will be held through June 30, 2020
2. APT Scholarships deadline has been extended until June 5, 2020 by 4pm for the following schools: Garey HS, Diamond Ranch HS, Palomares Academy, Fremont Academy, Park West, and SEEO. Principals and counselors have the applications.
Winners for the Scholarships:
Ganesha HS: Vanessa Garcia; Village Academy: Alexa Cardenas; Pomona HS: Jasmine Gaeta. Congratulations!!!
3. Retirees, you will be receiving a gift from APT via US mail sometime in the summer.
4. School year is almost done!
5. MOU through June 1, 2020 on the APT website: pomonateachers.com
COVID-19 APT Update #4Dear APT Members,
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we send this email to inform you that one of our own has passed away. Karena Owen, teacher and APT member since 2008, taught 6th grade math at Cortez and coached basketball. She leaves behind two children and her husband. May she rest in peace.
Here are some FAQ’s for this month:
1. Why do we have to send out progress reports this late?
Parents have a right to know how their child is doing and need to be notified before report cards if their child is not doing well in certain areas. This is also important for the parent/student to know their grade because it may be their final grade, unless assignments are being completed (since April 6th) to improve their grades.
2. From Secondary Teachers: Didn’t we already send out their 3 quarter grades, why do we have to send them out again?
If the grades were already posted in Zangle, nothing else has to be done. The memo that went our regarding progress reports were for those who have not completed them before schools were closed.
3. Where is the MOU COVID-19?
It is easily found on the APT website, PomonaTeachers.com , scroll down and it says MOU COVID-19. It is also located at here.
1. On Tuesday, Governor Newsom was thinking aloud and was talking about possibly reopening schools in July or August. The school calendar is controlled by the local (the district) and would have to be negotiated. CTA was not involved with this conversation and they will be meeting with the Governor today.
2. There will be more information on end of the year closing procedures and grading, but we are working with the District on how we proceed.
3. School Board meetings are being held via Zoom and are recorded.
4. If you have any students and their families who are in need of food, please visit the website www.gods-pantry.org, this is based out of Pomona by Tom Sweeney, administrator for SEEO. If you would like to speak with him, please email or text and I will provide his cell phone number.
5. The deadline for APT Scholarships has been extended until May 8, 2020.
6. Please contact your APT site rep if you have questions regarding protocols, procedures, or things being asked of you by your administrator during Distance Learning that may be questionable. Please check the MOU, first, before asking questions and the Distance Learning Plans.
7. Please do not use the APT email to ask the APT President questions. Please email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Otherwise, the email goes to our office manager first, then it gets sent to me. A faster way to communicate is to text me directly as well at 951-285-9955. Texting and emailing is much easier than phone calls.
8. If you have texted and emailed me or the office, and you have not been given a response, please send another text or email as to remind us of your issue. You can also reach out to your APT site rep, the APT Executive Board, and other APT leaders. Again, as these are unprecedented times, we are being overwhelmed by unprecedented amounts of questions and concerns.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Working from home is a challenge for us all. We pray that all of you remain safe and healthy and the same for all your loved ones.
COVID-19 APT Update #3Dear APT Members,
We pray that all our members are staying healthy and keeping safe during this unprecedented time. We know many of you are anxious as to what Distance Learning (DL)may look like and what happens until the end of the school year. There is an Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education DL Plan Guidelines that APT will have posted on the APT website (Pomonateachers.com).
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Will we have to work extra days to make up for the days that the district was closed?
Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-26-20 addresses the instructional year and teachers will not be required to make up the instructional days.
2. Will I still get my STRS credit for a full year?
Teachers who work their full year shall receive credit for the creditable year of service.
3. Do I need to take attendance while doing Distance Learning from home?
Attendance is not required but there is an expectation all teachers make reasonable efforts to contact their “no-show” students during the implementation of the online distance learning program. Teachers should document their attempts. During the course of the online program if you learn that a student(s) are having issues with connectivity or laptops please communicate with your principal.
4. Do I have to follow the schedule that was suggested by the district?
The District is providing recommended schedules for elementary education, secondary and special education. You can work within the provided guidelines. There is some flexibility as we know that some of you may also have to work with your own kids at home or deal with other family needs.
5. What happens if I can’t log on when staff meetings are happening online?
You will be responsible for obtaining the information by either watching a recorded video or speaking with your administrator or colleagues.
6. Am I required to give my class codes for google classroom or other online platforms to office staff or my principal?
Our MOU has suspended the evaluation period but your immediate supervisor may request to join your meetings. Remember to follow the acceptable use policy and practice good online etiquette.
7. Do I have to use Zoom and record lessons and have live meetings?
The District has provided the online platforms as a tool. It is up to the professional as to how they utilize the tool. If you choose to use this tool, please note that Zoom has added features to ensure that your class is protected. They have added a “Waiting Room” function in which you control who comes into your classroom and include only the intended students and participants.
8. Are the payroll and benefits department open?
Yes, but they are on a modified schedule. Please email one of the following
1. Benefits: Maria Vargas at email@example.com or Jamie Gee: Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Payroll: Maria Vargas same as above; Laura Castillo at laura.castillo@Pusd.org or Jamie Gee.
Helpful Resources for COVID-19 and Distance Learning:
• CTA Teaching, Learning and Life During COVID-19 (Closed Facebook page)
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Please do NOT call the APT office, text my personal cell phone (951-285-9955) with questions, I respond within 24 hours (If I don’t, please text/email again as I am getting hundreds of messages daily and I am doing my best to respond quickly). Please try NOT to call me directly, the preferred method is text or email.
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COVID-19 APT Update #2Dear APT Members,
As most of you know, the school closures have been extended with a return date of Tuesday, May 5, 2020. APT Leadership continues to work closely with PUSD leadership.
There have been many questions regarding pay and distance learning and what that entails so I would like to share the following information:
- Members will still be paid while working from home.
- April 1st paychecks and pay stubs will be mailed on April 1st to support the Governor’s “Safer at Home” initiative. Members with direct deposit will receive the deposit as usual.
- The scheduled retro check that was to be handed out on April 7, 2020 will be mailed on that date. There is no direct deposit option for this check.
- During the week of March 23rd through March 27th the district will host online trainings available to staff to better understand Distance Learning (teaching students while not in the same physical space) and to prepare to conduct online instruction, meetings, conferencing, and/or chats with students and colleagues. The training will focus on district-approved online platforms (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc) necessary to help support our students. Distance learning with students will begin on April 6.
- The Distance Learning trainings are mandatory for staff who are not yet proficient in district-approved digital platforms, but encouraged for all.
- If teachers are proficient with the district-approved digital platforms, the trainings are not mandatory, and teachers may instead begin planning and contacting students to inform them about the official April 6 start date. Educational Services will be sending out the training menu Sunday, March 22, 2020. Be sure to check your PUSD email.
- There will be a mandatory video training on what a typical Distance Learning day/week may look like. This will be made available sometime this coming week.
- Teacher Specialists and Literacy Coaches are working on recommendations for elementary and secondary distance learning models (platforms such as Google Classroom, Edgenuity, Achieve 3000, and Zoom Conference)
- All teachers will focus on deepening and reinforcing skills and concepts taught prior to the shutdown, rather than focusing on introducing new curriculum and/or standards.
- These online learning opportunities will in no way negatively affect a student’s grade. They can only improve students’ current grades.
- Please make sure to check your PUSD email Monday-Friday at least twice a day (suggested times 8am and 3pm) as things may be changing. Also check the PUSD website under staff resources for memos/notifications pertaining to staff only.
- Thank you for your patience and understanding as this is a fluid situation and there are many parties working together to ensure messages are being sent out promptly.
- The District is working with specific departments to define the distance learning roles/support for Speech Pathologist, School Psychologist, School Nurses and Counselors.
COVID-19 APT Update #1BDear APT Members,
Another Correction: Please do not take home teaching materials only if needed for grading purposes.
COVID-19 APT Update #1ADear APT Members,
Correction: Schools will be open tomorrow and Friday from 10-2.
COVID-19 APT Update #1Dear APT Members,
As you may be hearing, things are rapidly changing in regards to State and Federal executive orders. Please check the PUSD website daily and your work email daily for any updates.
1. We are still getting paid and some of us may be asked to work virtually. We will NOT be getting paid time and a half like some CSEA members. The CSEA members who are getting paid time and a half are hourly employees.
2. The PUSD update sent today will have hours open for tomorrow ONLY(check which grade level) to go to your work site and retrieve personal belongings and materials (papers, grade books, teaching materials) as this closure MAY POSSIBLY go until the end of the school year (WE DON’T KNOW THIS YET). The sites will be closing at 2PM. You will have to go through Human Resources if you did not see this email in time to retrieve your personal belonging/materials. Once all employees have retrieved their things, custodians are doing a deep clean for each site, so it is VERY IMPORTANT to NOT go back.
3. We may be asked to input grades for progress reports and possible online resources. If you have apps such as Remind, Class Dojo, or other apps you may continue to use them to provide some normalcy for our students (DO NOT USE THE WORDS ENRICHMENT, they are ONLINE RESOURCES)
4. We DO NOT know as of yet, what online platform we MAY be using to provide online resources.
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