TALB Update: Friday, February 18, 2022

TALB Update: Friday, February 18, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Another 3-day weekend! Make it about you! Enjoy the good weather. We’ve ALL been working too hard!
We continue to be inundated with a high volume of requests for support. We apologize for the timeliness of our email responses. THANK YOU for your patience. If you are in need of immediate support, for a quicker response, call the office at 562-426-6433.

Middle Schools Block Schedule
Are you teaching at a Middle School? Is your administration suggesting a block waiver? Next, Wednesday, February 23 at 5:30 TALB will be hosting a zoom forum to discuss middle school block waivers. RSVP vcastillo@talb.org

Wellness Checks
Since the pandemic struck, many people have put off routine exams to screen for a variety of diseases. We understand that some of these exams may be invasive and are not particularly fun, but the payoff of catching a disease early can be the difference between a polyp and an invasive cancer. Health care providers are urging everyone who postponed their screenings to schedule soon. Our ability to keep under the District Annual Maximum (DAM) is largely dependent on the amount of claims. Diseases that are further along are more complicated and therefore more expensive to treat.

Transfers
The window to apply for transfer to another site is open. The District has an online application – link here. We are working with the District on assessing the dynamics of “transfer & assignment”. Many of our members have challenges transferring and with our counselors and psychologists now being represented by TALB, a streamlined, transparent approach to the transfer process would help members understand the transfer process. We will keep you updated as things evolve.

LBUSD – HRS’s COVID Leave Portal is Up – Click HERE
If you have had to use leave for any of the 3 situations described below. Use the portal to reclaim your sick leave.

  1. Supplemental COVID-19 Sick Leave – January 1, 2022 through September 20, 2022. 80 hours or 10 days of additional sick leave to recover from COVID-19, care for a sick family member, attend a vaccination appointment, recover from immunization or take care of a child who cannot attend school because of virus-related closures or quarantines. A big shout out to our State affiliate CTA (California Teachers Association) for working so hard to get this legislation passed.
  2. Exclusionary Pay – An employee who was excluded from work because of a workplace COVID-19 exposure. If you were sent home from work for exposure or told to quarantine from October 1, 2021 going forward, you may now recoup those sick days.
  3. Worker’s Compensation Pay – An employee who became ill with COVID-19 and can reasonably attribute their work location as the nexus of exposure and infection from October 1, 2021 going forward, may now recoup those sick days. How to document you were infected at work? A staff general notification of exposure, administrative communique of exposure, parent/student contact notification of COVID-19 positive.

Thinking of hanging up your saddle? 

There are many things to consider when retiring. Your first step is CalSTRS. Go to calstrs.com and create an account. The website has different tools to give a ball park estimate on your pension benefits. For more accurate data you need to make a “one on one” with a CalSTRS counselor.

Individual Benefits Planning Session

Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, one-on-one setting.

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirement system.
  • Considerations pertaining to health benefits, Medicare and Social Security.

For available session dates and times, simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

When should I let the District know I’m going to retire?
Ideally, as soon as possible. We know that making the decision to retire can be hard and very personal. Some folks want to retire and go quietly in the night, with little or no fanfare. Others want to shout their retirement from their rooftops and dance! You can submit your retirement paperwork electronically to the District and not have it be publicly disclosed until after school is out for the summer. This helps the District plan for your replacement, but more importantly, it may help one of your colleagues avoid the unnecessary anxiety and stress of potentially being displaced/transferred from your school site. 


Masking
The California Department of Public Health is set to release new guidelines regarding masking at the end of the month. If the number of COVID-19 infections continue to trend down, the “requirement” for K-12 students and staff to mask, may transition into a “recommendation”. However, local city and county Health Departments have the final say. The Long Beach Health Department has been pretty much aligned with Los Angeles County Public Health. When we get more specifics we’ll let you know.

 


WEAR RED! Bargaining Team Support
Friday, February 25, 2022 
Friday, March 4, 2022
The Bargaining Team appreciates your support! Thank you for sending in your pictures!

TALB Bargaining Team
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

Organizing Support
We have two more bargaining sessions scheduled. Ideally we will have a settlement soon. We are continuing to ask the membership to engage the Board of Education. We are also asking everyone to be prepared to organize around a settlement. Stay tuned. 

Pay attention! The board of education is the ultimate arbiter on LBUSD policy.
Next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – Watch it live!

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info Here


COVID-19 Testing


Welcome Counselors & Psychologists to TALB!
You are not automatically a member. You must sign up.
If you are interested in becoming a member CLICK HERE
Representation, The Value of Membership, Leadership, and more!


TALB SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The benefits of membership!

The TALB Outstanding Student Scholarship Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the areas of academics, leadership, and civic engagement. Recipients are well-rounded individuals that demonstrate a notable capacity for learning and service to others. Up to two recipients will be awarded $1,000 each and up to ten runners-up will be awarded $200 each.

The TALB Career Advancement Scholarship Award recognizes educators pursuing higher education in order to grow one’s capacity as an effective educator. Recipients are current members that demonstrate a notable desire to grow as a more effective educator. One recipient will be awarded $1,000 and up to two runners-up will be awarded $300 each.

Applications, instructions, and information about eligibility are now available at www.talb.org/scholarships.

The deadline for each scholarship application is March 25, 2022 by 4:30PM.


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.


LBUSD Board of Education Meeting | Wednesday February 16, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. Watch it LIVE!

Virtual Site Visits will be sent to individual members.

Pandemic permitting, we’ll be organizing in-person events

Webinars and Virtual Site Visits will be ongoing for the remainder of the school year 2021-22.

 


CTA Conferences & Grants

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


EASE-Y ANSWERS
GET SUPPORT FOR DIFFICULT TIMES
A little known benefit we have as educational employees in Los Angeles County is the Employee Assistance Service for Education program. EASE is a leading regional service that provides district staff and their families with the opportunity to assess and resolve their difficulties with the assistance of a professional counselor through an assessment and brief counseling service. EASE offers high quality, confidential assistance in:

  • Personal and family problems
  • Job-related issues
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief, loss and traumatic incidents
  • Worksite and phone consultations
All calls and consultations with EASE are confidential and will not be reported to the district, your school, or the Association. There is no reason to suffer in silence. If you feel you need assistance, please take advantage of this very important benefit by calling (800) 882-1341. A confidential counselor will be available to take your call.  More information is available on-line at https://www.lacoe.edu/Home/EASE

Trauma Resources
Reorienting to campus life has been challenging for students and staff. The pandemic has left invisible wounds and scars. There are 144 school days left in the 2021-22 school year. Do something for yourself, take care of yourself. We have a long road ahead.

~ Resources ~
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Handouts
Behavior Change
Crisis Response Checklist
Cyberstalking/Cyberbullying Safety Tips
Health Habit Log
How To Be An Ally
Mindful Breathing Tips
Myths About Suicide
Suicide Warning Signs
Principles for “Trauma – Informed”
Recognizing Anxiety
Self-Esteem Inventory

Find Your Words
Depression & Suicide Support

Number Story
Resources on adverse childhood experiences (ACES), ideas for support, healing, etc.

Books
Conscious Connections – Maggie Kline
Brain Changing Strategies to Trauma Proof our Schools

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar
Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Emotional Resilience and Thrive

Trainings 
Kaiser Mental Health Awareness Video
30 minute asynchronous training
Kaiser Mental Health Training Materials
Slide deck, Notice-Engage-Support model, conversation starters, mental health resources
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
Free monthly webinar, online training, train-the -trainer, public workshops, etc.
Trevor Project CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower) Training
An interactive and intensive training that provides adults with an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide.
Cultivating Resilient Communities During a Crisis
Bright Morning is an international education, coaching and consulting firm that exists to bring new learning practices to organizations that aspire to interrupt inequities, build resilient communities, and heal and transform the world. Our work transforms schools into equitable places of learning where every child gets whatever they need, every day, in order to be successful and to thrive. Process matters. The journey is the destination. Therefore, we lead processes of creation and transformation that honor and nurture all of those involved.

Thank You!
Grateful people are happy people and happy people are grateful people. It may sound hackneyed, but there is plenty to celebrate. We ARE pulling through the last throes of the pandemic and it certainly isn’t easy out there. Be that as it may, WE appreciate your hard work and tenacity. You may not hear it often enough, but WE LOVE OUR MEMBERS. Thank you for being you!


 


WATCH LIVE – BOE – Meeting 2/16/2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

Long Beach Unified School District’s YouTube ChannelWatch Live on Wednesday, January 19 @ 5:00 p.m. LBUSD YouTube Channel


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”].)



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)