TALB Update: Friday, October 1, 2021

TALB Update: Friday October 1, 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

Booster Shots. Memorial Care.
There has been a lot of news surrounding third doses of the mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 recently and it can be a bit confusing. 

On August 14, the CDC made a recommendation that people who have a moderately to severely compromised immune system (generally this is people that are getting chemotherapy for cancer, have had an organ transplant or are on strong medications that suppress the immune system) should get a third dose of the same Moderna or Pfizer vaccine they had received to make sure that their immune response is closer to where it should be if they weren’t immunosuppressed.

We are happy to continue helping immunocompromised patients schedule a third dose with us. You can schedule the vaccine at a MemorialCare Medical Group clinic (see below for locations) via MyChart or on the California MyTurn site in many locations across Southern California.

More recently, on September 24, the FDA, CDC and state of California approved a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all people aged 65 years and older and for people between 18 and 64 who have a condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those that have an increased exposure risk due to their job (healthcare worker, teachers, etc.). This booster dose was only approved for people who were previously vaccinated with the two-dose Pfizer series at least 6 months earlier.

MemorialCare is supporting this effort by offering the Pfizer boosters noted above and will be making clinic spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are happy to help prior Pfizer recipients get scheduled with us. Slots are available at the below MemorialCare Medical Group Clinics via MyChart or on the State’s MyTurn site in many locations across Southern California.

Clinic Locations:
Anaheim – 100 S. Anaheim Blvd, Suite 101, Anaheim, CA 92805
Costa Mesa – 722 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Santa Ana – 1212 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
HB Beach – 17762 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
FV Brookhurst – 18035 Brookhurst Street, Suite 2100, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Irvine Barranca – 4050 Barranca Parkway, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92604
Los Altos – 2110 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815
Douglas Park – 3828 Schaufele Avenue, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90808
LB MFM-residency program – 450 East Spring Street, Suite 1, Long Beach, CA 90806
Torrance – 22719 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505
San Juan Capistrano – 31001 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Rancho Mission Viejo – 30492 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

Please note that, if your first two doses of vaccine were Moderna, the only approved reason for a third dose is if you are immunocompromised (see first paragraph above).

If you received the J&J vaccine, additional doses have not been recommended or approved, either for a second dose of J&J or for a “booster” dose of either Moderna or Pfizer. MemorialCare commits to keeping you informed should things change and is proud to be a trusted resource for information on COVID-19 and any other healthcare issues.


COVID Infections trending down…
The number of infections trending down overall is good news. Granted, this newsletter hasn’t always been a beacon of light and hope. That being said, we’ve preferred to error on being brutally honest. Just twelve months ago, a similar trend could be seen right before the “winter surge”. With a vaccine widely available, last fall/winter doesn’t have to play out the same way again, but if we are still dealing with millions of people unvaccinated as we head into October, it is hard to see how we avoid another wave. Hyper vigilance has left many exhausted, both mentally and physically. This pandemic has laid bare a striking need for student and staff mental health. This isn’t a call for you to redouble your efforts, this is a reminder that YOU can only do so much. The district needs to make an investment in mental health activities/services on campuses.

COVID Leave Expires
On September 30, 2021 the 80 hours of COVID leave expired. If you become ill with COVID like symptoms or are required to quarantine, the leave will be deducted from your accrued sick leave. After all of your sick leave is exhausted you are entitled to 100 working days of “statutory pay” = 50% of your salary. If you haven’t already made the investment, you may want to consider signing up for the Standard’s Disability Insurance.


Bargaining 2021-22
Today, the TALB Bargaining team met. The day was spent reviewing member survey data, the Child Development Center | Head Start and TK-12 collective bargaining agreements, a.k.a. “contracts”. This year will be filled with challenges at the bargaining table. We’ll be calling on rank and file members to participate in organizing activities. The team is comprised of volunteers who’ll need your help.

Corrin Hickey – Bargaining Chair, Lakewood HS
Gerry Morrison – McBride HS
John Kane – Jordan HS
Julie McCall – Nelson MS
John Solomon – MacArthur ES
Kevin Quinn – Los Cerritos ES
Maritza Summers – Mann ES
Sybil Baldwin – CDC
Maria Garcia – HS

This week’s ask…
The Board of Education will meet on October 6 @ 5:00 p.m. There will be many voices from the community speaking at this BOE meeting. Do these voices speak for you? WATCH LIVE – BOE – Meeting 10/6/2021 @ 5:00 p.m. 

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

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.


Site Representative Training – Virtual Academy – Zoom
10/20/2021 4:00-5:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

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

Evaluation Forum
12/2/2021 4:00-5:00 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.


California plans to add the Covid vaccine as a requirement to attend school as early as next fall.

Oct. 1, 2021Updated 2:07 p.m. ETBy Shawn Hubler

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced on Friday that the state plans to add the coronavirus vaccine to other vaccinations required to attend school, such as measles and mumps, starting as early as next fall.

The vaccine mandate, for public and private schools, will be phased-in by grade span — seventh through 12th grades, and then kindergarten through sixth — after the Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to the corresponding age group. Mr. Newsom said that he anticipates the requirement would apply to grades seven and up starting in July 2022.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently only fully approved for people 16 and older; the vaccine remains available for children ages 12 to 15 under emergency use authorization. Mr. Newsom said that more than 63 percent of Californians aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Widespread inoculation will be critical to keeping classrooms open, he noted.

“We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it,” the governor, who has four small children, said.
Mr. Newsom’s announcement would make California the first state to mandate the Covid vaccine for in-person school attendance.

Independent study will be offered for unvaccinated students, he said, and rules for students with medical and other exemptions will be determined through a public rule-making process. California has nearly 7 million students in public and private schools.

Several of the state’s largest school districts have already voted to mandate vaccinations in some form for hundreds of thousands of students. Last month, the Los Angeles Unified School District — the second largest in the nation — became the first major school district in the country to announce a vaccine mandate for children 12 and older who attend school in person, which will be broadly effective by January.

School districts in Culver City and Piedmont have made similar announcements. The school board in Oakland voted last month to require students aged 12 or older to be vaccinated, though some details — including the timing — have yet to be ironed out. In San Diego, students over 16 must be vaccinated by late December to attend in-person classes, with mandates contingent on vaccine clearance in the works for younger age groups.

California requires that K-12 students, faculty and staff wear face masks at school. The state also announced vaccine rules for teachers and other school staff in August. Other states and districts across the country, including Washington StateNew York City and Oregon, have done so, too. (Story Continued)


L.A. Unified enrollment drops by more than 27,000 students, steepest decline in years

BY HOWARD BLUMESTAFF WRITER
SEPT. 28, 2021 5 AM PT

Enrollment in the Los Angeles Unified School District has dropped by more than 27,000 students since last year, a decline of close to 6% — a much steeper slide than in any recent year.

The comparison is based on an annual count referred to as “norm day,” the fifth Friday of every new school year, Sept. 17 this year. Last year’s enrollment total for pre-school through 12th grade was 466,229. This year’s figure for that same date is 439,013, according to data provided by L.A. Unified that will be presented to the school board Tuesday.

Other data released by L.A. Unified indicates other potential concerns. The district estimates that between 70% and 80% of the school staff are on target to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the district’s deadline of Oct. 15, indicating that thousands of employees face termination, which would exacerbate another problem: more than 2,000 unfilled jobs. (Continued Story)


COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

By JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press
September 22, 2021, 9:05 PM

Schools have welcomed students back to classrooms but face a new challenge: a shortage of teachers and staff the likes of which some districts say they have never seen.

SAN FRANCISCO — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students’ lunchboxes, telling parents it’s “now hiring.” Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online learning.

Now that schools have welcomed students back to classrooms, they face a new challenge: a shortage of teachers and staff the likes of which some districts say they have never seen.

Public schools have struggled for years with teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education and languages. But the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem. The stress of teaching in the COVID-19 era has triggered a spike in retirements and resignations. Schools also need to hire staffers like tutors and special aides to make up for learning losses and more teachers to run online school for those not ready to return.

Teacher shortages and difficulties filling openings have been reported in Tennessee, New Jersey and South Dakota, where one district started the school year with 120 teacher vacancies. Across Texas, the main districts in Houston, Waco and elsewhere reported hundreds of teaching vacancies at the start of the year.

Several schools nationwide have had to shut classrooms because of a lack of teachers. (Continued Story)


California enters a new phase of the pandemic

BY EMILY HOEVEN

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Today marks a massive inflection point in California’s pandemic response.

The state is shifting from a phase of protection — marked by the implicit recognition that people had very little control over COVID-19 — to one of action, underscoring that vaccines are free, widely available to most of the population and key to bringing the pandemic to a close. Ending today: California’s statewide eviction moratorium, its ban on power shutoffs and its expanded paid sick leave program. (Its ban on water shutoffs, also originally set to end today, was recently extended through Dec. 31.) Starting today: California health care workers must be fully vaccinated or face consequences.

The expiration of three key pandemic safety net programs comes a few weeks after benefits were cut off to 2.2 million of the 3 million Californians receiving some form of unemployment insurance. And although protections remain — the state is rolling out $2 billion to help residents cover unpaid utility bills and $2.6 billion in rent relief — it may not be enough to keep people afloat. A recent National Equity Atlas analysis, for example, found that about 724,000 California households still owe $2.5 billion in rent.

Perhaps to lessen the sting of the eviction moratorium ending, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed into law a package of bills to connect homeless Californians with housing and behavioral health services. He also emphasized that some cities and counties are keeping local eviction bans in place and that tenants can still get help paying rent. To learn more, check out this comprehensive FAQ from CalMatters’ Manuela Tobias.

Meanwhile, fears of an employee exodus due to California’s vaccine mandate for health care workers appear to have been mostly unfounded. Major hospital systems — including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Stanford Health Care, UC Davis Medical Center and Keck Medicine — say they have vaccination rates of 90% or higher, CalMatters’ Kristen Hwang reports. But hospitals and health care facilities aren’t required to routinely report staff vaccination and exemption rates to the state or to the public — making it difficult to determine how many exemptions were granted and whether certain regions or sectors of workers are lagging behind.

Other mandates are facing more pushback. Los Angeles County employees are facing a Friday deadline to be fully vaccinated — which union representatives are calling “a scare tactic rather than a reasonable personnel policy.” They’re pushing for an extension — something the city of San Diego granted its workers this week, bumping the vaccination deadline from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1. The San Francisco Police Department is preparing to potentially lose hundreds of personnel ahead of an Oct. 13 vaccination deadline. And an Oct. 15 inoculation deadline is looming for employees of Los Angeles Unified School District — 20% of whom are currently unvaccinated.


COVID Safety Protocols Not Being Followed?
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.


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.