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When will schools be re-opened?
School sites are closed through end of academic year: Physical school sites will not reopen this academic year of 2020. LAUSD's decision parallels advice from local and state health officials and is the right step, given the increase in cases in California and the gaps in knowledge we still have about how the virus spreads and is best treated. The closure announcement reinforces the need to address critical issues, such as matrix/staffing assignments for next year andÂ graduations and culminations. We don't have complete answers yet, but we are working every day to get clarity.
Will the school year be extended into the summer to make up for the closure?
Expanded summer school is likely. We are talking with LAUSD about announced plans to hold virtual summer school in four-week blocks. The program is still in the development stage but it likely will involve serving a higher number of students than usual and classes beyond the typical credit recovery courses. On a related note, there have been no discussions about extending the school year.
What is the new agreement with LAUSD on pay for substitute teachers?
Day to day substitutes will be compensated during the district closure based on the current year's work pattern. All subs will be compensated for daily hours ranging from 3 to 6 hours per day, depending on how much you have worked. This provision has a floor — meaning that even if you did not work much this school year for whatever reason (for example, health issues), you will be eligible for the 3 hours of daily pay for each day of closure. Click here for LAUSD memo.
Under this new agreement, will I still get paid for jobs scheduled in SmartFind?
You will get paid the higher amount—either the days you were scheduled to work or for the 3 to 6 hours per day outlined above—whichever is greater.
LAUSD has agreed to enact new pay provisions for a guaranteed basic income. The key elements:
- Day to day substitutes will be compensated during the district closure based on the current year's work pattern. All subs will be compensated for daily hours ranging from 3 to 6 hours per day, depending on how much you have worked. This provision has a floor—meaning that even if you did not work much this school year for whatever reason (health issues, etc.), you will be eligible for the 3 hours of daily pay for each day of closure.
- Substitutes who were scheduled to work or had assignments in SmartFind will be compensated for the days you were scheduled to work or for the 3 to 6 hours per day outlined above—whichever is greater.
- LAUSD also put into writing an agreement we already reached: substitutes on long-term assignments who are currently earning the extended rate will continue to receive the extended rate.
What if I am not receiving correct pay?
We have heard from some substitutes that LAUSD is not paying the correct rate for long-term assignments and is not honoring assignments that were in SmartFind before the school closures. LAUSD payroll has acknowledged the errors and will adjust pay accordingly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
What is the new agreement with LAUSD on pay for substitute teachers?
Day to day substitutes will be compensated during the district closure based on the current year's work pattern. All subs will be compensated for daily hours ranging from 3 to 6 hours per day, depending on how much you have worked. This provision has a floor — meaning that even if you did not work much this school year for whatever reason (for example, health issues), you will be eligible for the 3 hours of daily pay for each day of closure. Click here for LAUSD memo. LAUSD shared this information about how pay is calculated: The district calculates a daily average by taking the total number of hours worked from July 1, 2019, to February 29, 2020, divided by the academic days for that period (112); that number is then rounded to the nearest whole number — for example, a daily average of 3-3.49 is rounded to 3; a daily average of 3.5 – 3.99 is rounded to 4.
Will Closure pay count toward health benefits
LAUSD has agreed to count substitutes' closure pay toward qualifying for heath benefits —another breakthrough in supporting our substitute colleagues. A new district Q&A also spells out its commitment to honor long-term assignments and jobs booked on SmartFind Express and covers how substitutes can determine how much you will be paid. Substitutes will receive paychecks on April 3 as scheduled, which will include pay for hours worked between March 1 and March 13 plus the projected hours based on the closure agreement. Click here for the district Q&A.
The agreement we reached with LAUSD to provide substitute educators with a guaranteed basic income is an unprecedented agreement — and one we hope breaks ground for other LAUSD employees, such as cafeteria workers and teaching assistants, and workers in both the public and private sector.
Will the school closures impact qualifying for the continuity rate increase?
UTLA is asking LAUSD to lower the threshold of 130 days by the number of days in which our schools are closed.
How does the closure impact eligibility for healthcare?
Substitutes who are currently enrolled in healthcare will maintain their benefits to the end of the plan year on August 31. Go to https://achieve.lausd.net/benefits for more info or email email@example.com.
Am I eligible for unemployment insurance benefits?
Our legal team is working on the best strategy to push for unemployment benefits for substitutes, and we are calling on the district to immediately write a letter to the EDD in support of substitutes receiving immediate unemployment benefits.
If I am working in an extended, day-to-day assignment, will the school closures constitute a break in that assignment?
No, the closures do not constitute a break in the extended assignment, and the district has committed to honoring the continuation of extended day-to-day assignments for the purpose of pay. *Substitutes who are able to work will accept assignments from the district.*
What are the PD requirements expected of educators?
The five sessions that educators need to complete by April 17 has been extended to April 30 and are still required (the number of this round of PD totals 5, counting the March 27 session). If there are continued technical problems, we will make sure the deadline is changed. Under our new agreement, there are serious guardrails going forward about PD mandates. Required PD will be limited to distance learning strategies and use of technology during the month of April. Any required PD other than the existing PD referred to above must be no longer than one hour and will take the place of any faculty/department/grade level meeting scheduled for the same week.
I’m still having technical trouble completing the LAUSD PD before the April 17 deadline. What can I do?
Given the ongoing technical issues with the PD, we are pushing for a deadline extension to April 30. We'll update you on any developments.
What happens if I decline assignments during the school closure?
While you are encouraged to take assignments if you can, LAUSD has confirmed that there will be no ramifications for declining work. If SmartFind calls you based on an outdated assignment, contact the school or Jorge Amador at the LAUSD sub unit if necessary.
Will LAUSD food centers will stay open under “shelter at home” protocols
Volunteers handed out more than 90,000 meals on Day 2 of the LAUSD food centers, a huge jump over the previous day and a sign of how deep the need is. LAUSD’s student food centers will stay open under the new “shelter at home” protocols because they provide an essential service to support families in need and to keep people healthy to stave off the virus. The large number of people accessing this service means that it is critically important that all safety measures be followed rigorously at over 60 locations. We've been informed that all staff now have access to masks. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region in partnership with the LA County Office of Emergency Management will support these student food centers. UTLA will continue to monitor the implementation of safety protocols to protect both the volunteers and the families accessing the services. Find out more about the LAUSD Food Centers.