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In this Issue:  Hybrid@ Elementary, HEA Website & Events, LA Adoption Input, CBA FAQ: Substitute Coverage

December 7, 2020

Dear HEA Members, 

 At Wednesday’s school board meeting, Dr. Enfield shared that district leadership is continuing their preparation for a move to hybrid for elementary beginning in February.   On Thursday we met with district representatives and pressed for more transparency on the health metrics they propose to use in making that recommendation.  We also expressed members’ continuing concerns about overwhelming workload, 1:1 documentation, secondary grades and elementary report cards.  Challenges with standardized testing, including iReady assessments, were also shared. 

 Our next joint session of impact bargaining is set for January 5.  In the meantime, all schools are expected to have functioning safety committees that work with administrators to customize Covid Health and Safety Plans using jointly-bargained guiding documents.  If you would like to know more about the safety planning in your building, reach out to your Covid Co-captain -- or volunteer for that role if still needed.  HSD will be surveying parents on their intentions to send their children into buildings once they have an instructional model to share.  Watch for a member survey once more is known.

 The HSD school board is responsible for approving the decision to open buildings to more students. Dr. Enfield has offered assurances that opening recommendations will continue to be guided by DOH and public health metrics.  That said, if you wish to submit public comment on the topic of opening buildings or any other topics, you must email those by noon on the day of a school board meeting.  Learn how to share your thoughts with the board through this link.   Upcoming school board meetings are scheduled for December 16, January 6 and 20, and all start at 6:00PM.   

 Stay safe and stay tuned for more information, 

 Sandy 

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HEA Website & Events Calendar.  Our current CBA can now be found on the HEA website. Please bookmark it along with our events calendar .

Several key events are coming up this month.

  • December 9 (4:30-5:30) HEART to Heart.  Please join Shawna Moore, the Highline Equity and Antiracist Team (HEART) co-chair, along with fellow HEA members to discuss the establishment of this new joint team.  The results of the discussion will help inform the selection process for the 3 HEA-appointed members.  Use this registration link to receive the zoom link. 
  • December 15 (4:15-5:00) HEA Elections Process Overview.  Learn more about the WEA and NEA Representative Assemblies and get an overview of the HEA nominations and elections process.  The zoom link is on the HEA website.

Language Arts Adoption Input.  Four LA curricular programs have been reviewed with an equity lens and anti-bias tool to ensure equity and representation.  These four are ready for further review by educators and the community: 

  • K-5 (DL and English):  Ready Gen versus American Reading Company (ARC)
  • Secondary (English Only): Inquiry by Design versus Pathways to College
  • Secondary (Dual Language): The process is still underway so stay tuned!

Access the HSD website to review the materials listed above: watch the recorded informational webinars, provide feedback, and ask questions.  HSD is in the process of creating a FAQ.


CBA FAQs – Substitutes During Remote Learning

Q. Can I get a substitute for my class(es) during remote learning? 

A. Yes! While the use of substitutes to cover classes for professional development is being limited through January, you should access a guest teacher for things like daily illness and personal leave. Substitutes have been provided training on remote learning platforms and are interested in working. There is more information abour requesting substitutes available on the HSD website, or check with your building administrator. 

Q. What happens if there is not a substitute available – how does “in-house” coverage work during remote learning?

A. While “in-house” coverage plans vary by building and most may look a bit different during remote learning, our current contract language still applies and certificated staff should be compensated for providing coverage; see Section 4.5 of the CBA. Different subsections apply to different types of certificated employees. See below.

  • If you are a classroom teacher, see Subsections 4.5.B.i. (compensation for lost planning) and 4.5.B.iv (compensation for additional responsibility – i.e. other teachers’ students being added to your Zoom lessons).
  • If you are an elementary specialist (PE/Music/Library), see Subsection 4.5.B.ii (cancellation of specialist classes so they can provide coverage & compensation for lost planning).
  • If you are Dean, Instructional Specialist, Counselor or other certificated staff member who is not regularly responsible for teaching classes of students, see Subsection 4.5.B.iii (compensation for work that must be pushed outside of the workday in order to provide coverage).