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In this issue: Finalist Feedback Due Tonight! 

  1. Carbon Free and Healthy Schools Campaign
  3. Safety Concerns Form 
  4. Upcoming Events and Activities

February 17, 2022

Dear Supporter,
It is not too late to actively participate by viewing candidate townhalls tonight at 6:15 PM, or viewing previous candidate townhalls (video recorded) along with the feedback links.  PLEASE take the time to get your feedback in tonight for it to be part of the final selection process by the school board members.

Approximately twenty HEA members had a chance to interview each of the candidates and each member provided their own feedback. Monday’s candidate brings stakeholders together and works towards consensus.  Tuesday’s candidate is goal driven and will hold buildings accountable for outcomes. Thursday’s candidate is the one candidate with superintendent experience and that showed in his responses. Again, get your feedback in for all three candidates by tonight.
Here is the link to the results of the HEA Winter Covid Survey. We are looking more deeply at the potential retention data and so have not included that.  The bullet pointed lists down, match the sets of bar graphs going across the page. I am meeting with HR tomorrow to review the results and lay the groundwork for the next COVID MOU. In the meantime, the bargaining team is working hard to streamline and get this year’s Bargaining Survey out to members. This is the time of year to check in with colleagues and make sure they are receiving the EFocus in their personal emails. Please ask them to email Lori Fleck  if they are not getting the EFocus. 
Joint bargaining dates scheduled until the last day of school are:  April 1, May 20, May 23, June 6, June 8, June 9, and June 10.  Summer bargaining will follow.  We will begin reinstating our RED FOR ED campaign so pull on that red HEA shirt. Orders will be taken next month for those of you who might need a new shirt.  (Yes, the COVID-19 is a thing.)  With the possibility of reaching a tentative agreement by the end of June, a date for our general membership meeting will be shared in March.
Finally, local union leaders are meeting with King County Public Health tomorrow to share results of member survey data collected on lifting the mask mandate.  No immediate changes are expected from HSD. We will be meeting with them as well.
In solidarity,

1. Carbon Free and Healthy Schools Campaign

Join the Action

Join your colleagues in the National Council of Urban Educators (of which HEA is a member) to learn about the Carbon Free & Healthy Schools (CFHS) campaigns happening throughout the country. There are two opportunities for you to attend virtual presentations on Wednesday, February 23 – one at 5:00pm EST and one at 8:00pm EST. To register, click here.
CFHS is a campaign being coordinated by the Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC). NEA President Becky Pringle sits on the CJNRC advisory board. This campaign is an initiative led by labor unions to address long-standing problems in school buildings and create a safe, healthy, cost-effective school environment. CFHS stresses that we can simultaneously take on climate change, make school facilities healthier for students and the school community, create good union jobs, and save millions in energy costs.
In partnership with some of our NEA affiliates, CJNRC is currently coordinating or in early planning stages of CFHS campaigns in several states and cities throughout the country. As CJNRC continues planning and running campaigns over the coming months and years, we want to ensure that the NEA and its affiliates have a seat and voice at the table. Feel free to forward this to anyone in your local that may be interested in this work.
To register, click here. If you have any questions at all related to Carbon Free & Healthy Schools or NEA work around climate and environmental justice, please reach out to Justin Thompson. This invitation is from Brent McKim, NCUEA President.

2. Inclusionary Practices & Special Education Support

Free PD from WEA

WEA’s Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) and Special Education Support Center (SESC) offers courses online, in real-time, via Zoom. Updates to schedule here Winter Zoom schedule (Jan-March) 
New Additions:
  • February & March 2022 – Special Event - Practical Trauma-Informed Strategies to Reduce Anxiety in Students w/ Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA (4.5 hours) This is a 3-part webinar. Capacity is limited to 100 registrants. 
  • March 7 & 9, 2022 – The Parents' Perspective: Teamwork: Caregivers and Educators Working Together (4 hours)
  • March 15 & 16, 2022 – The Attuned K-12 Educator: Accelerating Literacy (6 hours)
Registration is open. Select your event/course in the drop down menu on the top of the registration page. Once a course is full, it will no longer appear in the drop down menu. We do not maintain a waitlist. Clock hours are available. Courses/Clock hours are free.
We keep all updated/new flyers here, check back frequently. You may also check our SESC website, or our WEA synchronous training page or asynchronous training page.

3. Use this Safety Concerns Report Form

In our recent survey, a small but consistent number of members at several sites did not believe they had access to masks, cleaning supplies or the correct safety protocols.  New this school year is a protocol for reporting your safety concerns.  If you have raised your concern with your covid co-captain (embed list from HEA website) and your building administrator (send one email to both) and it is not or cannot be resolved, report the issue to HR using the “Safety Concern Form”.  This link is actively monitored by HR and HSD to achieve a timely resolution to member issues. Please navigate through the Frontline Central to access and complete the link.

4. Upcoming Events and Activities

Find details and links on the HEA Events Page 

  • HEA Executive Board Meeting (2.28.22@4:30). Members can email HEA Secretary, Katie Utesch  24 hours in advance for the zoom link.  Note: Executive Sessions are closed to members.
  • HEA Representative Council Meeting (03.07.22@4:30). Appointment Ratification Vote for HS Executive Board Representative Amanda Stanley.  Nominations will open for HEA Officer Positions for SY 2022-24 (HS Rep, Elementary Rep, Secretary) To attend, members email HEA Secretary, Katie Utesch at least 24 hours in advance for the zoom link.  Note: Executive Sessions are closed to members.
  • Elementary Trimester Non-paid Day (March 11).  This is not a workday for those who work in elementary schools.  This with split assignments should either place a non-work day on January 28 or March 11. Please talk with your administrator.
  • VEBA Retirement Readiness Seminars (March 21, repeated March 28 both @4:30).  This is designed to help you get the most out of your VEBA account. See the HEA Events page.
  • Gold Star Bash (March 24). Save the date and watch for details coming from the Highline Schools Foundation.