In this Issue: Register for RUC Rainbow Educators Monthly Meetup!
- Signup to Support the Bond!
- October and November Events
- Know Your CBA: Section 4.19 Class Size Mitigation p.39
- Quick Links to Membership Support including the COVID Safety Concerns Form
- Substitute Fill Data Chart
October 14, 2022
I’m excited to share that member leaders are creating a LGBTQ+ subcommittee of our Equity Team (RECN). This team will be supporting educators in creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students and staff for their schools, offices, or campuses. This group will be presenting/co-presenting trainings, intervening when LGBTQ+ issues come up, and supporting student clubs. Details for the first meeting are below. Be sure to register to become part of this groundbreaking new opportunity within our union.
HEA Reps are our union’s first responders! Our building and program reps do the most important work of our union: defending our contract, supporting our due process rights, and advocating for our site-based working conditions. Please extend a huge THANK YOU to our new and returning reps. For your part, please know who your reps are and contact them first to determine your best course of action if you have one of the issues mentioned above. We are very excited to have that support underway for you.
I would like to share my appreciation to those HEA Executive Board members who will serve as your point of contact until reps are selected at the following sites: Bow Lake ES (Brandice Tranholt), Cedarhurst ES (Christian Tautua, Sandy Hunt), Chinook MS (Veronica Fairchild), and Choice Academy (Shawna Moore), as well as to Jeb Binns, Katie Reka, and Amanda Stanley who are serving as HEA Reps in their buildings.
Our next Rep Council meeting is November 7. December 5 is an important joint labor-management training decided to continue to build a problem-solving relationship between our reps and HSD administrators. A stipend for the HEA Rep role is provided at the end of the school year. Please reach out to one of them or me if you would like to know more about the Building Rep role.
This weekend we will be walking neighborhoods in SeaTac to encourage voters to support the rebuild of Pacific Middle School, Tyee High School, and Evergreen High School.
On Saturday we will meet at the parking lot next to the Soccer Fields by Tyee (4644 S. 188th St. SeaTac, WA) at 10 AM. There should be plenty of parking! But it is a large area so if you arrive and don't find us, Kyla Blair’s cell is 425-891-5519. Once you arrive, you will be given a quick tutorial before going out to speak to voters in pairs. You will be provided a script, as well as a fact sheet to ensure you have all the information you need to go out and speak with the community.
Know Your CBA, below, lays out the mitigation for class size overage found in section 4.19 of our CBA. Next week we will share case load and elementary dual language overage.
1. Support the Proposition 1 Campaign-
Yes for the Bond/Yes for New School Buildings
Together we made over 6000 phone calls. Most Highline votes we have spoken with are not aware that Proposition One is on the ballot and support if once they hear the details. This is a replacement bond and will not increase taxes. If all HEA members fill one two-hour shift, we will be able to reach the supporters we need to pass this bond.
1. Proposition 1 Bond Campaign: Phone calling Highline voters at the HEA Office or in the comfort of your own home. Auto-dialer ensures your number is not shared with voters. We encourage all members to sign up for one shift on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday till November 3.
2. HPS School Board Meetings –October 19 @ 6PM (in person & via zoom)
3. RECN Monthly Meeting- October 20 @ 4:30PM– Register here (third Thursdays @4:30-6:00PM)
4. HEA Executive Board Meeting: October 24 @ 4:30PM. Meetings are open to all members except when in Executive Session. Email HEA Secretary Veronica Fairchild for the link.
5. NEW! RUC (Rainier UniServ Council) Rainbow Educators Monthly Meetup- HYBRID. November 10 @ 4PM-6PM. REGISTER HERE TODAY! We are creating an LGBTQ+ sub committee of our Equity Team (RECN) that will be working on supporting educators in creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students and staff for their schools, offices, or campuses. This group will be presenting/co-presenting trainings, intervening when LGBTQ+ issues come up, and supporting student clubs. This committee will meeting monthly with our first meeting being Thursday November 10th from 4 PM to 6 PM. We will be meeting in person at the Rainier UniServ Council Office with an option for folks to zoom in. Dinner will be provided.
6. HEA Rep Council Meeting: November 7 @ 4:30PM. Meetings are open to all members except when in Executive Session. Email HEA Secretary Veronica Fairchild for the link.
7. Please Vote: Ballots are being sent next week. Vote by November 8 @ 8:00PM. Vote early and avoid getting those calls and texts reminding you to vote!
Section 4.19 Class Size Mitigation (p.39)
Section 4.19 – Class Size Mitigation:
A. Elementary Level:
Beginning on October 1 of each year the District will assign compensation or paraeducator hours to mitigate class size overload as indicated below. HSD will exhaust all practical options to maintain class size limits established by Section 4.16, Class Size and Workload, Paragraph C; however, if overloads are necessary to avoid balancing of students to another school the following applies:
1. One student over class size the teacher receives $10.00 per day for the extra student for each day that an overload one student exists.
2. Two students over class size the teacher receives $15.00 per day for the extra two students for each day that an overload two students exists.
3. Three students over class size the teacher receives $20.00 per day for the extra three students for each day that an overload of three students exists.
4. In extreme hardship cases, and after consultation with the HEA President, a teacher may agree to take a fourth student over class size, and the teacher will receive $25.00 per day for the four extra students for each day that an overload for of four students exists.
5. Prior to October 1, the building principal will consult with teachers anticipated to have counts two or three students over the class size limits regarding the option of paraprofessional support. (See page 48 of the CBA for how para time would be allocated and accessed in overloaded classrooms.)
B. Secondary (Middle and High School) Level:
Class size for secondary schools with a six period schedule will be 29:1 ratio (145 student load) with individual class limitations at 32 students. PE will be 33:1 ratio (165 student load) with individual 20 class limitations at 36. Classes in schools with less than a six period schedule will be at a 33:1 ratio (not to exceed 132 student load) with individual class limitations at 35. PE will be 38:1 (not to exceed 152 student load) with individual class caps at 40.
Beginning on October 1 of each year the District will mitigate class size overload using the following:
1. Principals will work to meet the above class size limits. All options aimed at reducing individual class overages will be exhausted before allowing an exception to class size.
2. Exceptions to individual class size will be mitigated by payment to adversely affected teachers of $2 per student over class limit (32, or 36 for PE) per day.
3. Exceptions to student load limits will be mitigated by payment to adversely affected teachers of $10 per student per day over the student load limit.
Note: If a teacher has three periods with classes one student over the class size limit and exceeds the student load limit by one student the teacher receives $14 per day ($2 for two of the students and $10 for the third student).
4. Schools opting for an alternative schedule (block) will use the student load cap formula for mitigation.
o The newly bargained language is linked here.
o The summary of the highlights is linked here.
WEAR BLUE ON TEAMSTER TUESDAYS!
WEAR HEA RED FOR ED ON WEDNESDAYS!
5. Substitute Fill Rates for 10/10/22-10/14/22