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    Bargaining Update January 2021
    Posted on 01/13/2021

    Bargaining Update January 2021

    On December 17, 2020 the School Board passed a resolution for a phased re-entry for in-person services for students in preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade and students enrolled in Special Education Intensive Service Pathways (SEL, Moderate Intensive, Focus, Distinct, Developmental Preschool, and Medically Fragile). We will continue to provide students identified for in-person services by an IEP team.

    The current Seattle Public Schools/Seattle Education Association joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) requires that we negotiate with the Seattle Education Association any changes to the current remote instructional model. SEA and SPS will begin that process this week. SPS will provide bargaining updates on this webpage.

    Return to In-Person Learning Timeline

    June 2020: Engagement Team Planning Learn more about the June Engagement Teams and recommendations.

    • Foundational values were developed and prioritized students identified for a return to in-person learning (Preschool, first grade, second grade, students receiving special education and English learner services, students experiencing homelessness, and students in secondary transition grades). The planning workgroups and leadership team represented educators, SEA leadership, the Principals' Association of Seattle, School Leaders, central office staff, families, students, and Board members.

    August 5, 2020: Board Work Session: 2020 Reopening Plan

    • Introduction of the OSPI "Washington Schools 2020 Reopening Plan" requirements, staff recommendations, and district data. Reopening substitute resolution also introduced - focused on outdoor and community education for 2020-21. August 5 Meeting Minutes.

    August 12, 2020: Board Approval of required OSPI 2020 Reopening Plan with Board substitute resolution

    • Learning will be remote except for students whose IEP team determines in-person learning. The district will design and implement a process for creation of Outdoor Learning pilots and launch a Task force. August 12 Meeting Minutes.

    August 25, 2020: 20-21 Reopening Update and Work Session

    • Recommended revisions to the school calendar in support of a "Strong Start" week for students and staff and adjustments to start and end times for schools.

    August 26, 2020: Board Approval of revised 2020-21 calendar and start and end times. August 26 Meeting Agenda.

    August 2020: Execution of the 2020-21 Seattle Education Association MOU that outlines agreements during remote learning.

    August 2020: Implementation of the Remote Learning Playbook and three days of training for all staff.

    September 3, 2020: 2020-21 Reopening Update and Work Session (building use and childcare)

    Ongoing: SPS/SEA Health and Safety Workgroup

    • The team includes SEA leadership, SPS nurses, central office staff, and public health representatives.
    • The team reviews data and builds common understanding of the current state of public health related to COVID-19.

    October 2020: Development of protocols and processes that align with Washington State Health requirements, SEA/SPS MOU, and Labor and Industries. Protocols initially developed to bring back students whose IEP goals require in-person learning. Team included SPS nurses, central office staff, and special education.

    October 2020: Reconvened the Re-Entry Leadership Team

    • Team is tasked with providing guidance and input to the School Board, staff, and Superintendent in the district's effort to increase in-person learning.
    • Have made two recommendations: To continue in a remote setting for most students through the end of the first semester; To continue in a remote setting for most students until March 1st.
    • Team includes students, family representatives, Seattle Education Association, Principals’ Association of Seattle, the Superintendent and School Board

    October - November 2020: Design of Outdoor Education protocols and application process

    November 30, 2020: Board Work Session, In-Person Learning. November 30 Meeting Minutes.

    December 2020: Invitation to participate in the Outdoor and Community Education Taskforce; launch of initial Outdoor Education pilots.

    December 2020: SEA leadership, Chief of CAI, Chief of HR, and School Board Directors meet to discuss Outdoor Education pilots.

    December 5, 2020: Board Retreat to review staff's in-person recommendations. December 5 Meeting Minutes.

    December 17, 2020: Board approval of revised OSPI Washington Schools 2020 Reopening Plan and in-person learning for PreK-1 and students enrolled in Intensive Service Pathways 

    December 17, 2020: Chief of Human Resources sends SEA a formal email notifying them of the district's intent to engage in bargaining.

    December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021: Intent to Return In-Person Survey developed and tested for delivery to families on January 5.

    January 4, 2021: Staff survey sent to all PreK-1 and Intensive Service Pathway educators including classified staff.

    January 5, 2021: 10,200 surveys sent to families of PreK-1 and students enrolled in Intensive Service Pathways.

    In addition to negotiations, the district will need to analyze the survey results from both families and staff to determine staffing plans and classroom configurations in each of the schools.

    • As of January 8, 1,975 staff out of 3,843 have returned their HR survey notifying the district of their intent to request remote accommodations for reasons outlined by the CDC or the current MOU with SEA. 25% of the 1,975 staff members have communicated their need to request a remote accommodation.
    • As of January 10, close to 70% of families have return the Intent to Return to In-Person Survey. The survey closes on January 13. Data will be provided to Human Resources the week of January 20

    January 7, 2021: Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association met to discuss the negotiations process necessary to support an increase of in-person instruction on March 1.

    The bargaining timeline agreed to is as follows:

    • SEA will send SPS a list of issues needing proposals from the district on Monday, January 11
    • SPS will provide bargaining proposals to SEA by Friday January 15
    • SEA will review the district's proposals and seek engagement from their members the weeks of January 18 and 25
    • SEA intends to respond to the district's proposals by the end of January
    • The district has communicated our intent to complete negotiations by mid-February