Educators want to come back in person
We agree with the parents that students would benefit from being back on campuses safely. We see how challenging this situation is when we interact with our students daily. We are also interested in clarity and advanced planning. Our concern is that moving too quickly, ahead of vaccinations especially, invites a combination of unintended consequences for instruction, along with increased risks from increased contacts.
We are not preventing a return to campus. The district can actually mandate that on their own, and essentially, they have. When we negotiate, it’s to make sure that we are able to effectively support students and provide the best possible learning experience.
“Livestreaming'' is a complicated issue. Teachers are against mandating such an approach without knowing details and options, knowing what technology and training would be offered, what the trade-offs or unintended consequences are, and how privacy and legal concerns can be addressed. And then factoring in costs, and time, the issue is far from being as simple as turning on cameras and teaching.
Research and News
CA Safe Schools for All: https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/
COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year
Santa Clara Co. School Reopening Plan (12/14/20 rev.) https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Documents/Reopening-of-Santa-Clara-County-K-12-Schools.pdf
EU Guidance re: schools - https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/facts/questions-answers-school-transmission (updated 1/25/21)
Who Is the Teachers Union?
97% of the eligible educators in PAUSD are members of PAEA. Role of the union: When the union takes a position, it comes from our membership. As union leaders, we are proud to speak on their behalf to share their insights and concerns.