UPDATE 1: LTA Bargaining Proposal Regarding the Effects of Covid-19 School Closures

Negotiations continue between LTA and the Lennox School District regarding the effects of Covid-19 School Closures.  LSD responded on 4/1/20 to LTA’s initial 3/36/20 proposals, and LTA responded to LSD on 4/2/20.

download LSD Covid-19 response (4/1/20)

download LTA Covid-19 response (4/2/20)

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LTA Bargaining Proposal Regarding the Effects of Covid-19 School Closures

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, LTA President Priscila Avila, LTA Bargaining Chair Brian Guerrero, and CTA Staff Anderw Staiano met (virtually) with LSD administration and presented the following proposal regarding the effects of Covid-19 school closures on teachers and students.  The goal of the MOU would be to better define teacher rights and responsibilities at this time, and, above all else, to protect the health of teachers, students and the Lennox community.

PROPOSAL

March 26, 2020

The District and Association enter this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the school closures related to COVID-19.

  1. The parties recognize there is a need to close schools and move to an online distance learning program to allow for social distancing as recommended by public health officials in order to prevent the spread of illness arising from COVID-19 during the 2019-2020 school year. Unit members shall work remotely for the duration of the school closures. Unit members shall check their emails at regular intervals throughout the day, and respond to parents and students accordingly. Unit members will establish a minimum of a two hour window each day during which they will be directly accessible by phone, web conference, or email. All communications outside of this window should be responded to within 24 hours. The workday shall be at least 5.5 hours per day including instruction, planning, grading, professional development related to distance learning, grade level or department collaboration and communicating. The unit member has flexibility in when the duties are completed throughout the day.
  1. Unit members’ compensation and benefits shall not be reduced as a result of the school closures so long as funding remains available under Executive Order N-26-20. Unit members who coach or receive other stipends, shall be paid their full stipends in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
  1. During the school closure unit members shall be entitled to use the applicable leave provisions in the collective bargaining agreement and any additional paid leave mandated by the state or federal government, including HR6201 in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Unit members who are unable to provide services to students during the period of school closures shall inform their direct supervisor as soon as practicable. The District shall make reasonable efforts to provide substitutes as appropriate for members who will be unable to provide service beyond three (3) days. In the absence of substitute teachers, regular classroom teachers may volunteer to substitute and shall be compensated at the full daily substitute rate. Teachers who volunteer to substitute shall do so only for the same grade level or subject area.
    1. Unit members who were on extended leave prior to the school closures shall remain on that leave and access their available leave balance in accordance with applicable contractual and legal requirements pending release without restrictions by their physician.
  1. Flexible learning activities shall be provided to students to promote continuity of learning while students are not in school. This will include enrichment, engagement, intervention, remediation, and new material. The development, pace and means of providing instruction, and the choice of curricular materials shall be at the discretion of the individual teacher, subject to the concurrence of the district, based on the needs of their students, available resources, and the students’ ability to access the curriculum. After consulting with the Association and a grading committee comprised of teachers, the District shall provide guidance around final grades in the event the school closure lasts for the duration of the semester.
  1. The District shall notify all parents/guardians that the use of a video-conferencing platform by unit members to interact with students (Zoom, Skype, WebEx, etc.) is encouraged, but not required, for unit members and shall alert parents/guardians to monitor the appropriate use of this medium with their student(s). Unit members shall be held harmless in the event a student (or students) misuses this platform or engages in inappropriate activity. Unit members will report inappropriate actions by students to their administrator and follow normal procedural guidelines relating to discipline.
    1. The District shall provide training for unit members choosing to use District authorized video-conferencing platforms upon the request of individual unit members.
  1. The parties agree to meet at mutually agreeable times to address implementing guidance from the California Department of Education (CDE) as well as the Federal Department of Education (FDE) in order to provide equitable and appropriate education for students with special needs. Special Education teachers will work collaboratively with core content teachers to accommodate and/or adapt lessons as necessary to meet the needs of students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in a digital learning environment and ensure that lessons and activities are appropriate as documented in students’ IEPs. General education teachers will confer with special education teachers to ensure that appropriate accommodations are being provided during direct instruction.
    1. Special Education teachers of students with moderate to severe disabilities will provide continuity of learning through a variety of distance learning resources as deemed appropriate by the District, so that Special Education students have reasonable access under the circumstances to the same learning opportunities as other students during the school closure.
    2. Related Service Providers (Speech Therapists, Adaptive PE teachers, etc.) will prepare distance learning activities that can be completed at home as appropriate.
    3. General education, special education and all service providers shall collaborate for the development of and participation in student IEP meetings in a telephonic or video conferencing platform.
  1. Evaluations of unit members shall be considered completed for the 2019-2020 school year as of March 12, 2020. Any employee who has not completed a final evaluation meeting with an administrator will receive the final document before the end of the school year.
  1. The District shall submit appropriate documentation as directed by the CDE to mitigate the loss of funding due to lower than normal Average Daily Attendance (“ADA”). If the waiver is denied or the state requires students to make up days for the 2019-20 school year, the parties will negotiate make-up student instructional day(s) up to the number of school closure days.
  1. With the exception of School Site Councils which shall be conducted via web conference, unit members shall not be required to make up adjunct or committee assignments missed as a result of school closures. Adjunct duties and District and/or site committees shall be canceled and not rescheduled during the school closures.
  1. Unit members shall not be required to report to their worksite for the duration of the District-determined school closures. Prior to the return of employees or students, reasonable efforts will be made to:
    1. Disinfect all schools and other worksites.
    2. Provide hand soap and/or hand sanitizer in every classroom and bathroom, to the extent such supplies are available.
    3. Change all air filters at all worksites throughout the district.
  1. Upon the State/County/District determining schools safe to reopen, the District shall provide for at least two (2) full days of voluntary on-site employee-directed preparation to all unit members to prepare for the return of students to school.
  1. In the event the State of California imposes alternative requirements for schools in response to COVID-19, the parties agree to immediately initiate negotiations on the impacts.
  1. The parties understand the COVID-19 pandemic is an extremely fluid situation and mutually agree to review the provisions of this MOU and make any necessary modifications consistent with local, state, and federal mandates.

This MOU is not precedent setting. This MOU shall be in effect for the duration of the school closure or June 30, 2020, whichever comes first and may be  extended by mutual written agreement of the parties.

download LTA Covid-19 proposal (3/26/20)

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2020 LTA Spring Elections – Announcement of Vacancies

Announcing the following vacancies in Lennox Teachers Association leadership and governance:

President – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]; duties:

  • Be the official spokesperson for the Association;
  • Be familiar with the governance documents of the Association, CTA and NEA;
  • Call meetings of the Association, the Representative Council and the Executive Board;
  • Prepare the agenda for the meetings of the Association, the Representative Council and the Executive Board;
  • Preside at all meetings of the Association, the Representative Council and the Executive Board;
  • Appoint the chairperson, all members of the Bargaining Team and alternates, with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year;
  • Appoint the chairperson, treasurer and all members of the Political Action Committee with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year;
  • Appoint the chairperson and all members of the Elections Committee with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year;
  • Appoint chairpersons and members of all other committees with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year or upon formation of the committee;
  • Suggest policies, plans and activities for the Association, and be held responsible for the progress and work of the Association;
  • Attend meetings of the Service Center Council of which the Association is a part; and
  • Attend other CTA/NEA meetings as directed by the Representative Council.
  • Stipend = $3,000/yr. + up to 40% release time, as determined by Rep Council

Vice-President of Contractual Affairs – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]:

  • Serve as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President (i.e., serve as “First” Vice-President);
  • Serve as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President; and
  • Serve as chairperson of the Grievance Committee and keep an accurate record of all grievances.
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Vice-President of Curricular Affairs – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]; duties:

  • Serve as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and the Vice-President of Contractual Affairs (i.e., serve as “Second” Vice-President);
  • Serve as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President; and
  • Serve as chairperson of the Membership Committee and keep an accurate roster of the Membership.
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 4 at LMS, 1 at the SPecial Education preschool, and 1 for TOSAs, for a total of 16 positions) [members of the Representative Council]; duties:

  • Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
  • Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
  • Represent the views and the input of the Active membership in votes taken in the Representative Council, conducting frequent and regular polls of such membership for this purpose; and
  • Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
  • Stipend = $200/yr. + an additional $50/yr. if re-elected to consecutive terms after the first.

download Declaration of Candidacy form

download complete description of positions and timeline

download CTA 2019-2020 Local Elections Manual

 

Timeline for LTA Elections shall include the following:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – Announcement

  1. Announcement of vacancy(ies) and term(s) of office using a method that will ensure each member is aware of the opportunity to file a declaration of candidacy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – Declarations of Candidacy

  1. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for declaration of candidacy forms;Written declarations of candidacy must be received by Ruth Culqui at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm.
  2. Campaign statement of candidates (decide on limit of number of words, and what to do if limitation is exceeded); Candidate statements will be limited to 50 words or less. In case a candidate submits a statement exceeding 50 words, only the first 50 words will be included on the Candidates’ Statement sheet.
  3. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacy by filing deadline; Ruth Culcui will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15pm – 4pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Jefferson Elementary. Declarations (form) may be submitted to Ruth Culqui prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Final Date to Acknowledge Candidates’ Declaration of Candidacy

  1. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy; Candidates will be announced on Weds, 4/22/20, no later than 4pm, via the LTA website.

Friday, April 24, 2020 – Requests for Mail-in Ballots

  1. Date by which to request a ballot; Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ruth Culqui at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Fri, 4/24/20. Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 4/25/20, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – LTA Prepares Ballots

  1. Date for preparation of ballots.

Tuesday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Ballots Distributed to Sites

  1. Date on which ballots will be distributed; Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps.

Thursday, May 7 – Friday May 8, 2020 – Election Held at Sites

  1. Date(s) when voting will take place.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Mail in Ballots Received

  1. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots; Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thurs, 5/7/20.

Friday, May 8, 2020 – Ballots Will Be Counted

  1. Date, time and place where ballots will be counted, which should be immediately following the deadline for receipt of voted ballots; Completed ballots cast in person at regular voting sites must be received by Ruth Culqui at Jefferson Elementary by 3:30pm on Fri, 5/9/20.

** Ballots will be counted on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:30pm at Jefferson Elementary School **

Friday, May 8, 2020 – LTA Results Announcement

  1. Date that announcement of results shall be made to leadership, candidates, members, and posted at each work site, which date shall be not later than five (5) calendar days following the counting of ballots; Results will be posted on the LTA website on Friday, May 8, 2020, no later than 5pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Friday, May 8, 2020 – Run-off Elections

  1. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary; and
  2. Run-off election (if necessary) = Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Friday, May 15, 2020
  3. Ballots received/counted = Friday, May 15, 2020, 3:30pm at Jefferson Elementary
  4. Results announced = Friday, May 15, 2020, no later than 5pm

 Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Election Challenges

  1. Deadline for filing of challenges to initial election and run-off if held (date received, not date postmarked); Written challenges must be filed by Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8am with Ruth Culqui at Jefferson Elementary.

For more information on election rules and timelines, including campaign Do’s and Dont’s, please refer to the LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules and the CTA 2019-2020 Local Elections Manual.

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2020-2021 Bargaining Update #1

Summary

  • Both LTA and District sunshined articles to be negotiated at the Tuesday, March 10 School Board meeting.

Articles Sunshined (Opened) by LTA

ARTICLE 6:  COMPENSATION & BENEFITS – Bargaining unit member compensation shall be permanently increased to attract and retain education professionals who can foster the success of students and are invested in the Lennox community, and the district’s contribution to employee health benefits shall be increased to ensure that employees and their families are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

ARTICLE 7:  WORK YEAR AND HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT – Teacher calendar year and workday, and non-teaching responsibilities during and outside the workday, shall be adjusted to allow teachers to focus on their primary responsibilities of instruction and planning and preparing for that instruction.

ARTICLE 9:  CLASS SIZE – The district shall maintain low class size averages at all schools and programs, including elementary physical education and Special Education at the middle school.

ARTICLE 18:  STUDENT DISCIPLINE – District shall establish a district-wide system of student behavioral expectations and support, and on-going training and support shall be provided for teachers and other staff who will implement this system.

Articles Sunshined (Opened) by District

ARTICLE 6:  COMPENSATION & BENEFITS – “The District seeks to align compensation with budgetary conditions.”

ARTICLE 7:  WORK YEAR AND HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT – “The District seeks to propose revisions to the teacher calendar year and work day responsibilities in order to provide the District with necessary flexibility to focus on student achievement and establish a process more responsive to school site needs.”

ARTICLE 9:  CLASS SIZE – “The District seeks to determine staffing with enrollment patterns and reasonable variations.”

download LTA Initial Sunshine

download LSD Initial Sunshine

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2020 LTA Scholarships

The Lennox Teachers Association is pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for Lennox students!

The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship
• Named for long-time School Board trustee and child advocate, Mary Davis.
• Four $100.00 scholarships to purchase books for summer reading and high school.
• Open to all 8th graders attending Lennox Middle School.
• Award recipients will be notified in June 2020 and awards will be presented at the Lennox Middle School end-of-the-year award ceremony.

application – original application removed, updated application available

The LTA College/University School Scholarship
• Two $1,000.00 scholarships to help with college/university expenses.
• Open to all high school seniors who graduated from Lennox Middle School and are currently living within the Lennox School District boundaries (regardless of legal citizenship/residency status).
• Students must be in good academic standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2020.
• Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.
• Award recipients will be notified by mid-May 2020 and awards will be presented at recipients’ high school end-of-the-year award ceremonies.

application – original application removed, updated application available

All applications are due Saturday, May 2, 2020, mailed to:

LTA Scholarship Committee
Lennox Teachers Association
P.O. Box 2231
Hawthorne, CA 90251

Application received after the deadline WILL NOT be accepted.

Attached are the applications for each scholarship, as well as flyers you can post to help publicize the scholarships.  Please help spread the word and encourage eligible Lennox students to apply!

Lennox Teachers Association
Supporting Teachers, Supporting Students

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