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Informational Meeting
 for Substitute Teachers


When: 
Thursday,  August 26, 2021
 from 4 - 5 pm
 

This meeting will be to share and discuss school reopening issues as well as bargaining updates and our campaign for the fall.
 
Register immediately for this meeting by clicking:
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This meeting will begin promptly at 4 pm and end on time.

 


 

 

 

FAQ on Vaccines, Quarantine, and Exposure Protocols

 

LAUSD COVID-19 EXPOSURE PROTOCOLS
 
What happens if there is a positive COVID-19 case on my campus?
A Community Engagement team tracer will contact the person who tested positive for COVID-19. They will conduct an interview to get information about the person’s whereabouts and any close contacts (within 6 feet, for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period) at the site. If the case is a minor, the team will contact the parent/guardian.

For students who test positive: The student will be escorted to the dedicated isolation area and the parent or guardian will be contacted to pick up the student.

For employees who test positive: The employee will be directed to go home immediately. UTLA educators will not have to use their sick leave and will be paid for the duration of their quarantine. 


Students and employees who test positive shall not be allowed to return to campus until cleared and notified by the Community Engagement Team.

At what point will my school close if there are positive cases?
This will be at the discretion of the Superintendent and the LA County Department of Public Health, if cases are epidemiologically linked (2 or more individuals affected and present at some point in the same setting and time period while they were infectious)

Where can I get more information about COVID exposure and LAUSD’s guidelines?
More information about COVID exposure and LAUSD guidelines can be found in the LAUSD COVID memo on exposure
 

LAUSD VACCINE MANDATE
 
What date do I need to be vaccinated by?
All LAUSD employees must be fully-vaccinated (2 doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) by October 15, 2021.

How do I prove I have been vaccinated?
These are the proof of vaccination methods approved by LAUSD. You only need to present one form of proof from the list below:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose was administered); OR
  • A photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document
  • A photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device
  • Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider
  • A digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type
  • Documentation of vaccination from other contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards.


Where do I submit my verification of vaccination?
Current Employees must submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through the Daily Pass web portal at https://achieve.lausd.net/dailypass by October 15, 2021. Qualifying Health Care Workers must submit proof of final vaccination no later than September 30, 2021.

New employees hired on or after October 1, 2021 must be fully vaccinated and provide verification of their vaccination status as part of the hiring. New employees should submit results via U.S. or School Mail:
LAUSD
Human Resources Division
Employee Health Services – SB 792
333 S Beaudry Avenue, 14-110
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fax: (213) 241-8918

What if I was already vaccinated through LAUSD last Winter or Spring?
Individuals vaccinated as part of the winter/spring 2021 District vaccination program do not need to submit their vaccination record for verification. All information transfers automatically to the Daily Pass.

What if I was vaccinated outside of the LAUSD Vaccine program already?
You should submit your vaccination record for review and verification through the Daily Pass. The verification process takes 2-3 business days to be completed.

May I take time during the workday to get vaccinated?
Employees are allowed a window of up to three hours (per dose) for vaccination for themselves or their dependents during their workday, including travel time to the vaccination location. 

Where can I find LAUSD Vaccination sites? 
A list of LAUSD vaccination sites can be found at https://achieve.lausd.net/covidvaccineappt


How do I request time off to get vaccinated?
Employees utilizing this paid time-off are to complete and submit a Certification/Request of Absence for Non-Illness (Form No. 60.NON-ILL; Reissued 9/14/2020). Under Reason for Absence, select Option “M” for Other Absences and identify MSND (Miscellaneous Natural Disaster) with explanation as “Self and/or Dependent COVID-19 vaccination.” An absence due to natural disaster does not get deducted from the employees’ illness balance. Notify your supervisor one day ahead if you are scheduling an appointment during the workday. Classroom teachers who schedule an appointment during their workday will request a substitute teacher for the three-hour window via the SmartFind Express system and indicate “vaccination” as the qualifying reason.

What if I have adverse reactions to the vaccine?
Employees who experience adverse physical reactions to the vaccination may be allotted additional time (up to three days per dose) with the approval of their supervisor as specified in Reference Guide REF-041184.0.

Who is exempted from the LAUSD vaccine mandate?
Employees may submit a written statement from a licensed physician identifying a need for accommodation due to the person’s disability or serious medical condition. This statement must be submitted on the employee’s doctor’s office letterhead with the doctor’s printed name, license number, signature and date the statement is issued. An employee may also seek accommodation based on a sincerely held religious belief.

What if I do not get vaccinated and I do not have an approved exemption?
Per LAUSD: “Failure to comply with the mandate to be vaccinated and/or failure to provide the appropriate qualifying exemption documentation may result in disciplinary action, being placed on unpaid leave, and/or separated from District service.”

LAUSD policy on Mandatory Vaccines
LAUSD FAQs on Vaccination

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR 2021-2022

The UTLA agreement with LAUSD for the return to traditional instruction for the 2021-2022 school year maintains concrete, enforceable COVID protocols that kept students, staff, families, and the education community safer last school year. The agreement, approved in June by UTLA members, includes:

  • Masks are required for all staff, students, and visitors while on campus.
  • Regular testing of staff and students. At this point, the district will be testing all students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, once per week at school sites. This goes beyond our agreement and is an appropriate response to the current status of COVID.
  • Physical distancing consistent with county guidelines, which currently require districts to maintain physical distancing to the degree that allows for daily attendance by all students.
  • Daily symptom screening and regular cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Monthly inspection and continued use of higher-rated MERV 13 filters for ventilation until at least October 1.
  • Paid leave for those required to quarantine.
  • Assignment to an online academy for members seeking reasonable accommodations for medically verified health risk factors and/or disabilities.
  • A COVID Task Force at every site to consistently enforce the safety protocols. Last school year the Task Forces were invaluable in identifying issues and getting a swift resolution.

It is important to stay in close communication with your UTLA Chapter Chair who will be working with UTLA Area Leadership, staff and officers to monitor the safety situation and to work with members in responding to developments as necessary for the safety of educators, students and the community.

Sideletter on Return to Traditional Instruction for 2021-2022

 

 

Reopening & Safety Protocols

 

What are the core safety protocols or our agreement with LAUSD for the 2021-22 school year?

  • Masks will be required for all staff, students, and visitors while on campus.
  • Regular testing of staff and students. At this point, the district will be testing all students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, once per week at school sites. This goes beyond our agreement and is an appropriate response to the current status of COVID.
  • Physical distancing consistent with county guidelines, which currently require districts to maintain physical distancing to the degree that allows for daily attendance by all students.
  • Daily symptom screening and regular cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Monthly inspection and continued use of higher-rated MERV 13 filters for ventilation until at least October 1.
  • Paid leave for those required to quarantine.
  • Assignment to an online academy for members seeking reasonable accommodations for medically verified health risk factors and/or disabilities. 
  • A COVID Task Force at every site to consistently enforce the safety protocols. Last school year the Task Forces were invaluable in identifying issues and getting a swift resolution.

 

Are there social distancing requirements in place for this fall?

LAUSD is required to implement physical distancing consistent with county guidelines, which currently require districts to maintain physical distancing to the degree that allows for daily attendance by all students.

 

Will we need to call for schools to close at some point because of the Delta variant?

At this point, state law doesn’t allow schools to be closed without the loss of state funding, but it’s impossible to predict whether COVID conditions will reach a point in the future that leads UTLA members to unite behind a call for closures or to make a demand to bargain over changing conditions. As we continue tracking the virus in our communities, we all need to keep the dialogue open.

 

If an employee or student tests positive for COVID or is determined to be a “close contact” through contact tracing, when will they be allowed to return to school?  

Employees and students can return from quarantine after five days if they have a negative test and no symptoms.

 

Are we going back to strict guidelines around HVAC systems at our schools?

MERV 13 filters will be maintained at least through October 1. UTLA will also be part of an Air Quality Task Force, looking at data from a joint study with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Air Resources Board to identify additional and/or alternative options for achieving the best possible air quality in LAUSD classrooms.

 

How will class size be determined?

The district is obligated to maintain class sizes no higher than our current contract. However, some class sizes may be lower due to targeted staffing increases resulting from our successful Reclaim Our Schools LA budget campaign.

 

Is the BIC program going to be implemented? 

Not for the beginning of the school year, though it may be implemented at a later date. To start the school year, students will take a Grab N’ Go breakfast the previous day and eat that breakfast at home the next morning.

 

Do you get paid if you are forced to quarantine as the result of a positive test or close contact? 

Members required to quarantine as the result of a positive COVID-19 test or as the result of close contact exposure as determined by a Community Engagement Team shall be paid without having to use contractual sick leave.

 

Who is supposed to enforce the mask mandate?

It will be, and should be, the responsibility of all staff to enforce the mask mandate. 

 

Is the district going to continue using the Daily Pass for all students and staff?

Yes

 

Will there be a vaccine mandate?

At this time, the district has not announced a vaccine mandate for staff or students but that could change as more institutions embrace a mandate. The UTLA Board of Directors took a position last fall to not oppose a vaccine mandate if the district implements one, but we would demand to bargain the impact and effects of any mandate and the necessary medical exemptions.

 

 

Online Academy & Reasonable Accommodations

 

What do I do if I have not heard back about my request for reasonable accommodations?

Contact Maria Sotomayor in the Risk Management Department at msotomay@lausd.net to follow up on the status of your request. 

 

How can I get an online academy assignment?

At this point, only educators seeking and receiving reasonable accommodations for medically verified health conditions are eligible for an online academy assignment. Pool teachers may be assigned to the online academies if needed.  

 

What is the maximum class size for online academies?

The district is obligated to maintain class sizes no higher than our current contract for the online academies.

 

Will parents be able to change their minds about the online academy?

The district has vacillated on this question, but has most recently indicated the initial choice will be for the first semester and that students can change for the second semester. 

 

Is it possible to push for a remote option that allows students to stay with their home school versus City of Angels? 

This is not currently allowable under state law.

 

If I submitted a request for reasonable accommodations last semester, do I need to submit a request again if I would like to continue with remote instruction in the upcoming school year?

Yes

 

What is the duration for the online academy for remote instruction? How long can I expect to be assigned to that program? 

The online academies are expected to be utilized through the entire 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Do I have return rights to my chapter if I pursue reasonable accommodations?

Yes. The district has committed to granting “return rights” for the 2022-2023 school year to members assigned to an online academy.