Special Edition – Secondary Hybrid Addendum
April 5, 2021
Dear HEA Members,
Below is the link to tonight’s HEA Representative Council April Meeting to hear about what has been negotiated to date as well as receive an update on safety preparedness.
In addition to our Rep Council members, the HEA Executive Board, Rainier UniServ Council Board Members, and Impact Bargainers will be panelists. All HEA members are welcome to join and participate through the Q&A. This regularly scheduled meeting will be called to order at 4:30.
At this meeting we will share information about the MOU Secondary Hybrid Addendum* and ask HEA Reps for an assessment of the preparation to date for middle and high schools transition to hybrid learning on April 19.
By tonight’s meeting, all members should have access to their building safety plans. In addition, I can report that the first round of ventilation assessments have been completed with building reports and an accompanying webinar shared last Friday. Ventilation mitigation efforts are either underway or have already been completed at Tyee, Sylvester, Big Picture and New Start with walk-throughs scheduled beginning on Wednesday. Wednesday’s site visits will include a King County Public Health ventilation expert.
District safety plan discussions are on-going and occur every Thursday and are in addition to Wednesday Labor-Management Meetings. This Thursday we will discuss Covid testing protocols and safety/transmission reporting for high school sports.
Thank you to all who are working to make this transition successful for our members and our students.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 5, 2021 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: HEA Rep Council meeting
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Here is a link to the HEA website that provides you access to the joint documents we have bargained previously. It includes important provisions everyone should know given that those provisions which can apply to the secondary setting will continue to apply.
*As has been the case throughout this year, our HEA-HSD shared agreements are approved for implementation once they have been agreed to via impact bargaining and/or the negotiated HEA-HSD problem-solving process. We elected this approach at the outset of the pandemic because we had an existing contract (CBA) in place and needed a nimble process that would allow us to find solutions in a rapidly changing, unpredictable context. Some of these agreements have been shared via admin packets and/or direct emails to members and administrators, while others have been collected and then shared in documents such as MOUs, MOU Addenda, or Shared Agreement compilations. While up until now, we have had the ability to vote on whether certain shared agreements were sufficient to begin in-person hybrid learning on a particular date for particular groups, that choice was taken out of our hands for secondary hybrid by the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation.
Union Strong. Thank you for all who attended the secondary listening session and supported the breakout rooms on Monday. The largest concern that emerged from this session involved ventilation. As a result, later that night, the HEA Executive Board passed a motion that directed the membership to not enter their buildings to teach beginning on April 19 if any member is required to teach in a space that does not meet L&I Safety Standards. This motion was used to leverage additional individual room testing in older buildings, ventilation walk-throughs, appropriate and timely mitigation, and the Friday ventilation webinar. In addition, the HEA was provided access along with an outside expert from the King County Department of Health to review every room that has not met standard. Those processes will continue throughout the week and, if needed, during spring break.
This demonstrates that when we speak with one voice, we can meet the needs of our members. To keep up the pressure, I will be providing a detailed status report to the HEA Executive Board, Rep Council and COVID Co-Captains starting on Monday and continuing throughout the week as we complete walk-throughs. The district has repeatedly reiterated their commitment that all spaces used for in-person services will meet or exceed L&I requirements.