Negotiations

WVEA Negotiations Team
Salli Collins
Joshua Henness
Gary Imai
Lisa Peterson

May 17, 2021 Negotiation Update:

Topics in the MOU included the following:

1. Grade Span Adjustment (GSA) for TK-3. - The agreement between WVEA and the District for the TK-3 GSA ended this year, 2020-21. There will be a slight change on determining class sizes for TK-3 following the California state guidelines.

2. Class Sizes for Virtual Classrooms for 4-12. Class sizes will follow contract language.

3. Off-schedule bonus of 4% for 2020-21. Checks will be issued in July.

4. More specific information will be shared with Reps at the next Rep Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 19th.


March 29, 2021 Negotiation Update:

The negotiating team is meeting with the district to discuss in-person instruction for the

2021-2022 school year. Two options will be presented to parents.


Option One: In-person instruction: This traditional model is designed for students coming to

school on campus. Students will attend the full day every day (5 days per week subject to

change based on capacity limitations due to adequate spacing of students), for example, from

8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., which includes break time and lunchtime. The in-person instruction will

be like the traditional instructional model where the teachers are teaching in-person students;

different from the Spring 2021 hybrid model. At any time Public Health directs closure of a

classroom or the entire school due to COVID-19 exposure, students and teachers will revert to

the Distance Learning model for a temporary time.


Option Two: Virtual Learning: Virtual Learning will be offered to Elementary and Secondary

students. However, only core courses and a limited number of electives will be offered at the

Secondary level. This model is for students who will commit to online learning for the duration

of the school year. Students will be assigned to teachers through an online program. They will

be required to log in daily and complete work during the school day in addition to assigned work

by online teachers.


The main purpose the district is sending out the 2021-2022 registration is to determine how

many students will be in-person or online. Once they have the numbers we will be able to

determine what the needs of each instructional model will be. Please look for an email from Dr.

Taylor within the next couple of days.


We are in the early stages of working with the district on the impact of these models to your

working conditions. At this time we do not know who will be teaching what classes or how

teachers will be selected to teach online. We will continue to keep you updated as negotiations

progress. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14.


January 25, 2021 Negotiation Update:

The negotiations team is meeting with the district on a regular basis to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Bargaining Unit Members’ working conditions and to explore learning models for reopening when permitted to do so by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Below are some key topics from recent discussions.


Addendum #3 to the MOU

  1. Open House- Officially cancelled for the 2020-2021 school year.

  2. Covid Leave- The district has agreed to provide members with leave that will not come out of their normal sick days if it is related to COVID-19. This provides our members with similar leave to what was previously provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA). This available leave is retroactive to January 5, 2021, which is when the FFRCA expired.

  3. PD, Collaboration, and Staff Meetings- After multiple discussions, WVEA and the District have agreed to adjust the MOU as it relates to Professional Development (PD) beginning March 1st during the final 3 months of the 2020-2021 school year. The district has agreed to remove PD and to reduce our overall minutes for meetings from 180 to 150 minutes per month. Staff meetings will continue to be limited to 60 minutes of the available 150 minutes.


Staff Development Day

This year's staff development day will be on Friday, February 19th. The schedule for the day will include site directed time in the morning, district provided lunch for pickup, and member directed time in the afternoon.


January 12, 2021 Negotiation Update:

The negotiations team is meeting with the district on a regular basis to discuss the impact of

Covid-19 on Bargaining Unit Members’ working conditions and to explore learning models for

reopening when permitted to do so by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Below are some key topics from recent discussions.


Covid Update

As of January 1st, Los Angeles County averages 127 new cases per 100,000. In order to be

removed from the most restrictive tier that number needs to come down to 7 cases per 100,000.

Under the Governor's reopening plan for Elementary it needs to come down to 28 cases per

100,000.

Sick Days

WVEA is in conversation with the district to make additional sick days available for members

who need them due to Covid.

MOU for Open House

District and WVEA are working on an addendum to the MOU to reflect the cancellation of Open

House for the 2020-2021 school year.


Parent Survey

District has decided to hold off on a parent survey until after the current surge of Covid cases, in

order to gather more accurate data.

PD Discussion

We are still working with the district to reduce the amount of professional development that is in

our MOU.


Computer/Device Update

Almost all MacBooks have been distributed. District is hoping to receive approximately 400 of

the HP laptops ordered by the end of the month.


State Testing Update

No news yet. There has been some talk of a condensed version of the test. We will need to

wait and see.


ELPAC Testing

  • As of now, this test is still going to be given. The District does not have a waiver from the state at this time.

  • The testing window is from February to May.

  • Grades 3-12 will be tested remotely

  • Grades K-2 will also be tested remotely however there is a written component required.

  • The logistics of the written component are still being worked out.


EL Academy Update

  • Elementary will focus on novice and level one. It will be held on Saturday from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. A grab and go lunch will be provided for the students.

  • Secondary will focus on students in danger of failing. It will be held three times per week from 3:00-4:30.

  • The positions are voluntary and you had to apply for the job.


Early Tell Update

Remind members that the deadline to submit paperwork is February 1st.