TALB Update: Friday, Sept 24

TALB Update: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021

Yesterday, the District announced a transition to a “modified quarantine”.

On September 22, 2021 the California Department of Public Health, issued an update to its guidance – COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year
~ The foundational principle of this guidance is that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible. In California, the surest path to safe and full in-person instruction at the outset of the school year, as well as minimizing missed school days on an ongoing basis, is a strong emphasis on the following: vaccination for all eligible individuals to get COVID-19 rates down throughout the community; universal masking in schools, which enables no minimum physical distancing, allowing all students access to full in-person learning, and more targeted quarantine practices, keeping students in school; and access to a robust COVID-19 testing program as an available additional safety layer. Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are fully implemented.  This is consistent with CDC K-12 School Guidance.

“Modified Quarantine”

~CDHP Guidance~
Quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students for exposures when both parties were wearing a mask, as required in K-12 indoor settings. These are adapted from the CDC K-12 guidance and CDC definition of a close contact.
When both parties were wearing a mask in any school setting in which students are supervised by school staff (including indoor or outdoor school settings and school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems), unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet) may undergo a modified quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

  • Are asymptomatic
  • Continue to appropriately mask, as required
  • Undergo at least twice weekly testing during quarantine
  • Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting. 

Essentially, unvaccinated students will no longer have to quarantine if they are exposed as long as they are not demonstrating any symptoms and comply with weekly testing. To that end, the District is short on staffing to meet the challenge of not only implementing the “modified quarantine” but also embarking on a randomized testing of 10% of the student population at a school site. It is clear that the CDHP has provided guidance for the “modified quarantine”, but it is not entirely clear on how the District landed on a randomized 10% testing of students. Keep in mind, families/students have to opt into being COVID tested, testing is not a requirement unless a family wants to utilize the option of “modified quarantine”.

The District is experiencing a severe shortage of classified personnel. If you are reading this and know of someone looking for work, please direct them to the District’s HRS page.

In addition, the District has a certificated sub shortage. If you know of any retired teachers or college graduates who’ve past the CBEST, please encourage them to apply to become a substitute teacher for LBUSD. The Board of Education recently increased the daily substitute rate to almost $200.00 a day. Absences are not being filled due to the shortage of subs, leaving certificated staff scrambling to provide coverage.

As mentioned earlier the District is embarking on a new testing protocol which will require more personnel. A message from Employee Relations is forthcoming. The District will be asking for certificated staff to VOLUNTEER to work an extra paid hourly assignment in support of the new testing protocols. The google form will be sent to all staff who are interested in supporting this new protocol. To be clear this is a voluntary program.

TALB Leadership & Staff have been in multiple virtual site visits this week. Working with a mask on all day and knowing that COVID-19 is lurking around the campus has taken a heavy toll in what is only the fourth week of school. Since the start of pandemic we’ve been keenly aware of faculty and staff being stretched to their limits. Please take your personal health into consideration when balancing your personal and professional time. We are in an unprecedented staff shortage, compounded by incredible student needs.


~ ORGANIZING ~ 
Getting through to the policy makers. This week’s ask from the Bargaining & Organizing teams. Please email all the members of the Board of Education with a quick assessment of your site’s first month back at school. These elected officials need to hear the unvarnished truth. There are stories of success and student engagement as well as the hiccups of starting up the 4th largest school district in the state of California. In the coming months, 3 of the Board of Education seats will be up for election.


COVID Leave ends September 30

The 80 hours (10 days) of COVID related leave expires on September 30. If you are sent home to quarantine or have COVID-19 symptoms accrued sick leave will be impacted. If you exhaust all of your accrued sick leave you are entitled to 100 working days of “statutory pay” at 50% of your salary. If you don’t have disability insurance (which will cover a portion of the lost 50% of your wages) there is an opportunity for the Standard starting soon.


If protocols are not being followed, please call the District’s COVID hotline at 562-204-6075 and or call the TALB office at 562-426-6433. The California Department of Public Health issued a requirement to School Leaders for universal masking for indoors, K-12 on August 23, 3021. It is a lengthy read, but non-compliance may have ramifications beyond the local employer – excerpt below:
Third, certificated individuals—including school administrators—may be subject to referral to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for disciplinary action for violating a mandatory legal duty to implement the masking requirement and knowingly exposing students to preventable harm. (See Educ. Code § 44421 [authorizing discipline for “refusal to obey . . . laws regulating the duties of persons serving in the public school system”].)


We know you are exhausted. We are exhausted. It feels like May and we aren’t even out of September yet. If you didn’t get a chance to reach out to the Board of Education last week we completely understand. Now however, with testing on a pause, it is more important than ever to communicate with the Board of Education. There will not be another Board of Education meeting again, until Wednesday, October 6. Plenty of time for you to inform them. Get out your penny pencil and share your experience. You matter. We all matter. Onward we go.

Next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 6  @ 5:00 p.m.

We encourage all of our members and community members we serve to LIFT UP YOUR VOICES. Contact our Board of Education Members and Executive Staff  to let them know what you are thinking.

Long Beach Unified School District’s YouTube ChannelWatch Live on Wednesday, October 6 @ 5:00 p.m. LBUSD YouTube Channel


If protocols are not being followed, please call the District’s COVID hotline at 562-204-6075 and or call the TALB office at 562-426-6433. The California Department of Public Health issued a requirement to School Leaders for universal masking for indoors, K-12 on August 23, 3021. It is a lengthy read, but non-compliance may have ramifications beyond the local employer – excerpt below:
Third, certificated individuals—including school administrators—may be subject to referral to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for disciplinary action for violating a mandatory legal duty to implement the masking requirement and knowingly exposing students to preventable harm. (See Educ. Code § 44421 [authorizing discipline for “refusal to obey . . . laws regulating the duties of persons serving in the public school system”].)


Update your Beneficiaries

The cycle of life. Every year we have a few members pass. Your TALB/CTA/NEA membership provides a survivor’s benefit up to $6,000.00. Sadly, every now and again, we have a member pass who did not update their beneficiaries. We can only issue the benefit to the individual(s) listed on your survivor’s benefit form. Life comes at you fast. Relationships change. If you have any questions about your survivor’s benefit please call the office at 562-426-6433.


~ Virtual Site Visits – week of 9/27 ~
| Monday  – Cubberley K-8 |
| Wednesday – LBSA/EPHS/Reid H.S. |
| Thursday – Renaissance H.S. |

TALB Representative Council
Tuesday, September 28th @ 4:15 p.m.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month – In collaboration with the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach
10/1/2021 Vigil – Parking lot, TALB office. Details to come. 

Know Your Contract – Virtual Academy – Zoom
10/21/2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

New Member Orientation
New to the District? – TALB Mixer – Zoom
10/27/2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

CTA Conferences & Grants

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference – October 29-31, 2021, Palm Springs
Application Cut-off extended to: September 12, 2021 at Midnight

Issues Conference – January 21-23, 2022, Las Vegas
Application Cut-0ff: November 8, 2021 at Midnight

Equity & Human Rights Conference – March 4-6, 2022, Location TBD
Application Cut-off: January 3, 2022, at Midnight

Good Teaching Conference South – March 18-20, 2022, Garden Grove
Application Cut-off: January 3, 2022 at Midnight

For full details and to apply for a grant, go to www.CTA.org/grants.




Federal Funding to Enhance Facilities

What condition is the furniture in your classroom? LBUSD is planning on using Federal Funding to provide facility improvements.Learning and play spaces across the Long Beach Unified School District will soon see enhancements designed to move the needle on student learning and safety. Facilities upgrades are one of several infrastructure improvements outlined in the LBUSD’s Learning Acceleration and Support Plan, which aims to elevate the educational experience for all students and offer interventions to learners who need additional support.

Upgrades to areas outside of the classroom start this summer and will be completed before the 2022-23 school year.

Bottle filling stations will be installed at all 85 district schools, providing students access to cool, clean drinking water and the hydration needed for a full day of learning and activities. More than 200 stations will be installed by December. (More Information Here)


Public Schools Long Beach Students Deserve

With Long Beach Unified School District set to receive over $460,000,000.00 in State & Federal aid, it is high time we look at the services we provide to our students.

Class Sizes/Ratios
Counselors
Librarians
Nurses
Psychologists
Speech Pathologists

Please start the conversations now, we will need to organize before Executive Staff make all the decisions and allocate all the resources.