COVID-19 UPDATE

Distance Learning FAQ's

 

Distance Learning MOU

HEA has been updating members with HUSD Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions in our Friday Follow-ups! To see the Distance Learning frequently asked questions and the responses, click the below volumes of "You Asked - We Have The Answers!"

If you have any questions that have not been addressed in the above volumes, please email your question to office@heahayward.org!

HUSD Schools Closure Extended to MAY 1, 2020

March 25, 2020

In case you have not heard . . .

 

Alameda County has extended the school closure to May 1, 2020. Until you hear otherwise, the work that you have been doing (checking for district emails and texts regularly during regular working hours; helping students with enrichment activities and student work through ixl etc.; updating resources and work for your students; and so much more) will continue.

 

We will negotiate any changes in working conditions after the break. Please remember that, while there are many good intentions, provisions of the contract apply, which includes autonomy of collaboration time, not having to submit lesson plans to admin, etc.

 

As cautionary notes:

We cannot emphasize enough that the shelter-in-place is for you as well as our students. The district is asking that we follow that guideline and avoid any contact with others. While they asked for volunteers to pass out Chromebooks, the District understood that the admin and some maintenance and operation folks are the ones that were required to be at distribution locations, following guidelines, having gloves, masks etc. No HEA member should have been required to attend the Chromebook distribution, despite guilt placed upon us by some admin. You have the right (and some would say responsibility) to stay away from the students at this time for their sake, for your sake, and for your family's sake.

 

Finally, in the District's last communication, they shared that the use of Google Hangout and k-6 email is being put on hold until such time as those and similar programs have been vetted for security/confidentiality reasons. As one teacher put it, "I don't want to end up as a meme!" 

 

So for now, until noted otherwise, continue the good work that you have always done for the students of Hayward!  I believe that each one of us should and is doing what they believe is in the best interest of their student's educational needs and well being. That is what we have always done and, no doubt, under no-matter-what circumstances, will continue to do. 

 

Proud to stand up, stand strong, and stand together with HEA members!!!

March 18, 2020 COVID-19 Update

March 18, 2020

We did our best working with the District with such late notice and we know it wasn't perfect – between lessons that were not and could not be distributed on Tuesday like some folks had hoped and the email/internet not working as well as had been hoped . . .

But we wanted to share how much we appreciate the folks that we represent! We also know the parents, students, and community appreciate you too! Many have shared their appreciation with the Superintendent, other teachers, and Mercedes (even when she was standing in the Safeway check-out line and they were two lines away!) This is a difficult time with so much still unknown and changing, but we will get through this because we know how to stand up, stand strong, and stand together!

HUSD Update

In light of Monday’s county order to “shelter in place,” Hayward Unified School District schools and administration offices will be closed, at a minimum, through April 7th to comply with the order. Our staff is continuing to work remotely following our regular business hours of 8am-5pm to maintain basic services to our community. The main district phone line (510-784-2600) is being monitored throughout the day so we can continue to respond to questions.  

For more information, please see HUSD’s daily email updates below:

 

CTA Update

Yesterday, the Governor, in concert with the SPI and the State Board of Education, issued guidance for school districts re: distance learning, school meals, childcare and special education.

The guidance may be found at the CDE website. GR (Government Relations) will be working and CTA Legal on further analysis.

Additionally, the Governor held a press conference earlier yesterday – first discussing healthcare and then schools. He spoke about his sense of where we stand and what he is prepared to do to support educators and students.

Among the notable items:

  • To manage expectations, parents, districts and educators need to think of the closures in terms of months not weeks. Schools may not return before the summer

  • Updates to advisories and guidance will be happening on at least a weekly basis

  • He supports efforts to suspend testing and will be working with the CDE to petition the federal government for testing waivers

  • More than 98 percent of all children in California are now in closed schools

  • With a state the size of California, a one size fits all approach will not work. Which is why, he’s working closely with education stakeholders to develop solutions on issues from distance learning to childcare

CTA will continue to provide updates and analysis and HEA will make sure to use the CTA guidance to determine next steps and will let you know what we learn along the way!

COVID-19 Precautions

March 12, 2020

We have heard your concerns surrounding COVID-19 and questions about possible preventative actions by the District. HEA is currently working with the District to refine any possible next steps including:

  • Continued detailed cleaning of sites

  • After-school programs such as sports being put on hold at this time particularly at secondary where other district games are involved, but PTA/YEP/etc. continuing

  • Self-imposed quarantine and how sick days would/could be applied, quarantine with a doctor’s note/without a doctor’s note

If schools close:

  • How the students continue learning (take-home packets, etc.) so they will get school credit (especially secondary)

  • Have a general sense of what lesson plans would entail

  • Implementing a National Security waiver so HEA members will continue to get paid and those missed days will be either forgiven, made up during spring break, or made up at the end of the year

 

We appreciate the members who have brought concerns forward and will continue to work to get answers about the possible next steps.

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HEA Board and NEA Rep Elections Extended

March 25, 2020

In light of the quarantine being extended until May 1st, the elections committee will revise the election timeline again and continue to investigate possible other means for conducting the NEA/RA and board election.  Please look for further information after the Spring Break.

HEA Election News

March 20, 2020

Due to sites needing to close and the social distancing measures we are observing, the election timeline has changed to allow your representatives the flexibility to conduct our HEA Board and NEA/RA elections. Please see the March 20 Friday Follow-up for the updated timeline. The situation is fluid and there may be further updates. Please check the HEA website and look for communications from your FRA Rep.

The ALCOSTA NEA/RA Election Timeline has also been extended.

HEA Board Member and NEA Rep. Elections

Posted February 21, 2020

It’s that time when each site gets to vote in our Board elections. Attached is a copy of the Election Announcement and Timeline.  You will also find copies of the Self Nomination Form.  

  Open positions are:

  • HEA President (two-year term)

  • HEA Vice-President (two-year term)

  • HEA Treasurer (two-year term)

  • HEA Secretary (two-year term)

  • Director-At-Large (two-year term)

  • One Elementary Director (two-year term)

  • Two Secondary Directors (two-year term)

  • Eight National Education Association Representatives (one-year term) 

Please note the deadlines on the enclosed documents.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  No exceptions can be made. Thank you for all your hard work!

Contract Ratification!

January 24, 2020

Wednesday’s HUSD School Board Meeting had an uneasy beginning with conversation of the contract ratification being tabled for a future school board meeting, but with the help from our members’ and labor partners’ presence and support, the contract was ratified by a 5-0 vote!

 

Members can expect to receive the 4% retro-pay (back to July 1, 2019) on February 21st!

Ratification Meeting Recap!

January 17, 2020

 

Monday’s Ratification Meeting was an amazing success with 100% of the members who came to vote ratifying the tentative HUSD/HEA agreement! Thank you to all who helped spread the word about the meeting and who came out to vote!

Next step is for the tentative agreement to be brought to the School Board on Wednesday, January 22nd, at City Hall at 6:30pm. Please join us at this meeting to ensure that the School Board members know that we support the tentative agreement – and since we are a major part of the district and represent the voice of the students we expect them to support it too! Come so that there is no question about our support for the agreement!

Ratification Meeting Recap!

January 17, 2020

 

Monday’s Ratification Meeting was an amazing success with 100% of the members who came to vote ratifying the tentative HUSD/HEA agreement! Thank you to all who helped spread the word about the meeting and who came out to vote!

Next step is for the tentative agreement to be brought to the School Board on Wednesday, January 22nd, at City Hall at 6:30pm. Please join us at this meeting to ensure that the School Board members know that we support the tentative agreement – and since we are a major part of the district and represent the voice of the students we expect them to support it too! Come so that there is no question about our support for the agreement!

Tentative Contract Agreement – Ratification Meeting!

December 20, 2019

LET’S CELEBRATE!

- not only because are we now on Winter Break, but because at 3:30 this morning . . .

HEA & HUSD SIGNED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT!

This was possible because of:

 

  • All of the GREEN at our sites

  • The attendance at the School Board meetings

  • The many late nights from the HEA Bargaining Team (Thank you: Mercedes Faraj, Mary Walsh, Paulette Albert, Rafael Velazquez, Lance James, Elvia Gauzin, and Nicole Love) 

  • The Rallies

  • The attendance at the District Office on bargaining days

  • The serious threat of going to impasse, which would have led to a strike!

 

  

 WE DID IT!!! – We’ve reached a tentative agreement that will benefit both our working conditions and our students’ learning conditions!

Some of the highlights with this agreement include language regarding:

  • 4% Salary Increase (retro to July 2019)

  • 2% Salary Increase Next School Year

  • Class Size Issues Including:

    • Addressing Mainstream Issues

    • Addressing World House Issues

    • General Education Class Sizes

    • EL Specialist Case Loads

  • Increased Safety Provisions

  • Substituting and Dividing Students

  • Calendar Negotiated Earlier

  • Improved Working Conditions for SDC

  • Increased Communication Between General Ed and Special Ed

 

The Ratification Meeting is tentatively set for:

January 13th, at Brenkwitz from 4pm-6pm!
Come for more information/details, voting, and tacos!

HEA Bargaining Update
December 13, 2019

 

A massive thank you to all who attended the School Board Meeting on Wednesday. We think it was more than just the stormy night that rattled the district administration’s cages – there was a HUGE turn-out! We even understood School Board Members Carlson and Reynoso to say (paraphrasing) that people should at least have COLA (cost of living adjustment) and that folks should get what they ask for. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We hope to see the effect of Wednesday’s turn-out at the next bargaining meeting, THIS Monday, 12/16.  Be sure to wear green and swing by the District Office that morning between 7:15-7:45am to show your support! There will be donuts available for folks who can make it (first come, first served) – or if you’re pressed for time, simply drive by the D.O. honking your horn! If you are unable to do either, please wear green at your site!

Remember, the issues still on the table are:

  • Class size (Including EL Specialists, SPED, Combination classes, mainstreaming)

  • Hours (including staggered reading and subbing)

  • Salary (The District remains stuck at 2.0%)
    WHILE WE WANT and DESERVE 5%

HEA Bargaining Update
Session #12 – 8:30am-11:30pm
(Yup! Not a typo!)

November 21, 2019 

 

IT'S WORKING!!!

The District Management made a move in the right direction!

 

  • We are unified

  • We are one voice

  • We are a show of strength in wearing green

  • We were able to take a strong position and protect our
    Collaboration time from being taken away!

 

Next up at the table on December 3:

  • Class Size (including EL Specialists, Sp Ed, mainstreaming combos),

  • Hours (including staggered reading and subbing)

  • Salary! (The District is still at 1.5% while HEA is at 5%)

 

A lot is at stack for all of us,

HEA members – Our students – Our community!

 

Continue to Stand Up! Stand Strong! Stand Together!

You make the difference!

 

Wear Green December 3rd
Because it's working!

 

HEA Bargaining Team: Mercedes Faraj, Lance James, Rafael Velazquez, Mary Walsh,
Paulette Albert, Elvia Gauzin, Nicole Love

HEA Bargaining Update

November 15, 2019

 

7 months . . . 11th session . . . and the District management only offered 1.5%

 

HEA proposes safety for sites to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds . . . NO
 

HEA proposes return of staggered reading in grades Kg-3 to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds . . . NO
 

HEA proposes an additional case management prep time per week for SDC to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds finally, at 8 pm . . . 1 period per month
 

HEA proposes reduced class sizes, and no combination classes to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds . . . NO
 

HEA proposes general ed. student/teacher support for Mainstreamed students to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management did NOT respond
 

HEA proposes supports for World House and EL Specialists to benefit HEA members and students
 - District management did NOT respond
 

HEA proposes increase of 5% to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds… NO and proposes that teachers are worth a 1.5% salary increase
 

HUSD District Management stated the district has money BUT does not have plans to spend the money to benefit HEA members and the HUSD students in our community!

Stand Up! - Stand Strong! - Stand Together!

WEAR GREEN Thursday, Nov 21st

HEA Bargaining Team: Mercedes Faraj, Mary Walsh, Lance James, Rafael Velazquez, Elvia Gauzin, Paulette Albert, Nicole Love

HEA Bargaining Update

November 15, 2019

 

7 months . . . 11th session . . . and the District management only offered 1.5%

 

HEA proposes safety for sites to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds . . . NO
 

HEA proposes return of staggered reading in grades Kg-3 to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds . . . NO
 

HEA proposes an additional case management prep time per week for SDC to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds finally, at 8 pm . . . 1 period per month
 

HEA proposes reduced class sizes, and no combination classes to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds . . . NO
 

HEA proposes general ed. student/teacher support for Mainstreamed students to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management did NOT respond
 

HEA proposes supports for World House and EL Specialists to benefit HEA members and students
 - District management did NOT respond
 

HEA proposes increase of 5% to benefit HEA members and students
 - District Management responds… NO and proposes that teachers are worth a 1.5% salary increase
 

HUSD District Management stated the district has money BUT does not have plans to spend the money to benefit HEA members and the HUSD students in our community!

Stand Up! - Stand Strong! - Stand Together!

WEAR GREEN Thursday, Nov 21st

HEA Bargaining Team: Mercedes Faraj, Mary Walsh, Lance James, Rafael Velazquez, Elvia Gauzin, Paulette Albert, Nicole Love

HEA Bargaining Update

October 28, 2019

 

Thus far, the proposals from HUSD demonstrate that…                                                               

 

  • the district management does not have goal oriented plans

  • the district management believes we should be doing more work in less time

  • the district management wants to take your control away and direct your work during your hard fought for collaboration time

  • the district management is so disconnected from the sites that they believe that we can act as babysitters and substitutes

 

We learned that the district management are dismissive to the point that they would rather say NO than to do any analysis in order to engage in true negotiations. While we saw this type of District response in the last round of negotiations we did not expect to see it again. We thought they had learned their lesson. (As a reminder, Matt Wayne told us the last time around that they did not have the money to give us a 2% increase. To quote Matt Wayne that "was not where they were at", they only had enough for a 1.9% increase - a difference of approximately $50,000. Within a week, they disclosed that they had enough money to go to 2% and then some. Eventually, the HEA membership forced them back to the table and we fought for and received a 3.25% increase!)

 

HEA Proposals included…                                                              

  • Summer School rates

We proposed a $5 increase to the summer school hourly rate of pay and a $40 dollar rate of pay to coaches’ daily rates. Neither rate had been increased in some time. The districts response indicated that they had not considered the proposal, nor had they done any cost analysis. Eventually, after fumbling with their laptops, they said "it" was an increase of $55,000 . . . less than the cost of our new logo (a cost of $57,000!). There was no counter proposal.

 

  • SDC prep

When we proposed an additional prep for SDC teachers to do case management, they indicated that less prep time was needed for SDC teachers because they had fewer students and had plenty of time to teach and do report cards etc.  There was no cost analysis nor was there any understanding and appreciation of an SDC teacher’s workload.

 

  • Workload and Student Services

When discussing EL Specialists student numbers and workload, and when asking questions about the Special Ed programs and the impact of mainstreaming in our classrooms, the district presented information that should have been understood to substantiate our claim that the workload had increased both in the number of students needing support and in law. However, because the district was so ill prepared and had such enormous difficulty explaining and analyzing their own documents, we are not sure their "understanding" and appreciation for what we do and the students that we serve, will be enough to interpret any of our proposals about class size to be presented on November 15th.

 

  • Salary

Our 5% salary increase proposal remains on the table with no response from the district. 

 
We "negotiate" again on November 15th.

Let’s overwhelm the district by showing our solidarity and support to the Bargaining Team by

wearing green on the 15th!!

Spread the word to our Labor Union Partners, Students and Community! 

Send your pictures to heahaward@aol.com

*Stand Up! Stand Strong! Stand Together!* 

HEA Bargaining Update 

October 7, 2019

At the last round of bargaining it was apparent that the district has random unfocused "plans" without any cogent strategies to achieve “their goals”.  As HEA members, we recognize the value of goals as they relate to plans. It is the basis to our teaching and our success in the classroom with the community we so proudly serve. To not have administration understand this is problematic at best. Having gained this insight, the HEA bargaining team was prepared to guide the district toward having plans reflected in bargaining proposals that are goal oriented and will ultimately improve the teaching and learning environments in HUSD

To that end....

We questioned the district's rationale about:

  • Continuing to propose that TOSAs reapply for their jobs every so many years
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to propose that we leave our preps and programs to act as substitutes
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to propose to take away time to collaborate on self-determined relevant issues
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to propose to evaluate nurses, counselors, Psychs, TOSAs via abstract “narrative evaluations” this year whenever bargaining is finished
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to propose to eliminate staggered reading rights for grades 1-3
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to propose to maintain old Program Improvement language about lengthening minutes even though there are no longer PI mandates
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to deny Elementary Special Ed Special Day class teachers an additional prep to do case management
    To what educational end?

  • Continuing to propose that students suspended by teachers using Ed Code rights should be sent to non-traditional classrooms
    To what educational end?

We will continue to advocate for our futures and our students future – We continue to stand for decreasing response time to safety needs, defending collaboration, advocating for improved SPED and EL programs, pushing to attract and retain through competitive, compensation increases (We are still waiting for any response to our compensation proposal), and much more.

If not for the work of HEA members, the students of HUSD would stand little chance in facing the challenges in the world. We have a goal oriented plan in everything we do - every lesson - every day!

The HEA team thanks you for your continued support - you make the difference to the team and to the students and to HUSD!

We bargain again October 28th - Please wear GREEN!

STAND UP – STAND STRONG – STAND TOGETHER

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