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Schools & Coronavirus: What You Should Know

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While Congress has allotted various rounds of COVID-19 stimulus, it has yet to fund states and local governments at levels needed to avoid crippling public services and layoffs of essential workers – including educators. On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1 trillion HEROES Act to stabilize education funding. Tell the Senate to do the same now.

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COVID-19 Resources

Education-Specific Links

CTA

  • Message from CTA President E. Toby Boyd, March 16, 2020
  • CTA calls for closure of all public schools and community colleges statewide, March 13, 2020
  • CTA & the Education Coalition’s statement to California policymakers, on issues related to the Coronavirus and its impact on K-12 schools, March 13, 2020
  • Distance learning webinars

California Department of Education

April 2, 2020:

 

California Department of Public Health

 

California Governor COVID-19 website

  • Gov. Newsom suspends teacher testing requirement due to coronavirus closures, June 2, 2020
  • Gov. Newsom empowers schools to focus on COVID-19 response; extends LCAP deadlines, April 24, 2020
  • Gov. Newsom announces deal to expand student loan relief (April 23, 2020)
  • Gov. Newsom signs executive order suspending standardized testing this year, March 18, 2020
  • Gov. Newsom signs executive order ensuring state funding for schools even in the event of closure, March 13, 2020

 

Commission on Teaching & Credentialing: 

 

U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 information

 

NEA

 

General Resources

Distance Learning 

*** NEW! CTA Distance Learning webinars, including Classroom/Behavior Management in a Digital Setting (K-5 & 6-12), Online Math Assessments, Teaching Specialized Populations and more. Sign up for live webinars or get links to recorded webinars, including Best Practices for Virtual Teaching (with FAQs). ***

 

Strategies

 

Lessons, Lesson Plans

 

Special Education

 

Physical Education/Adaptive Physical Education

  • PE and APE distance learning resources, CTA Wakelet

 

Resources  & Advice

 

Higher Education

 

Articles & Information

Join our Facebook group to connect with fellow educators and to share your own lesson plans, advice and strategies.

Coronavirus-Related Anti-Racism Tools

  • Stop AAPI Hate, reporting tool in multiple languages, Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Hate Incident Reporting form, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Tell Your Story, help us track hate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

 

Statements & Resources

 

Media Coverage

 

Self-Care

Explaining COVID-19 to Your Child

 

At-Home Learning Ideas

Go to CTA’s Leader Resources (login required) for COVID-19 information, which includes:

Remember to talk to your CTA Primary Contact Staff.

FAQs

Be sure to join our Facebook group CTA Teaching, Learning and Life During COVID-19, a space to support each other and our students, and to share resources, ideas, feelings, stories, laughs and memes.

We are trying to answer questions that come through social media, email and other means. But please note that your best resource for assistance with local issues regarding district directives, leave questions, etc. is your local CTA chapter and CTA primary contact staff.

Here are answers to some of the more frequent questions we’ve been receiving.

Frequently Asked Questions from CTA Members

On March 13, CTA called for a complete closure of all California schools. While most districts began closing immediately, the decision remained a local one until Governor Newsom issued an executive order on March 19 asking all Californians to stay home. At this time, virtually all California schools are closed, and Gov. Newsom has warned they may remain that way the rest of the school year. If you are in a district that is still holding classes, please ensure that your local CTA staff person is aware, so that we can work with your chapter to ensure that you and your students remain safe. 

YES! While we are temporarily closing our physical office locations, CTA leadership and staff are continuing to work to support members and local chapter.

Governor Newsom’s complete order can be viewed here. Districts are required to 

  • Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students through other options, distance learning, and independent study 
  • Safely provide school meals 
  • To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision of students during ordinary school hours 
  • Continue to pay employees 

No. They must make a good faith effort, but districts are struggling and meeting these challenges with varying degree of success. Nothing in the Governor’s order blocks funding for districts struggling to meet these new challenges.

In general, any STRS or PERS member in paid status continues to receive service credit.  STRS has posted information on this topic, and PERS has distributed information to employers confirming that fact. 

Gov. Newsom has issued an executive order, pending federal approval, suspending standardized tests for this year. 

CTA has issued a bargaining advisory to our primary contact staff who work with our locals. In general, if a district is continuing to offer services to the general student population, they must continue to offer similar education opportunities to special education students, and, conversely, if services to the general student population are suspended due to closure, then the Local Education Agency (LEA) is not required to provide services to students with disabilities during the same period. The U.S. Department of Education has additional information and the California Department of Education has issued state guidelines. 

Districts and local CTA chapters are handling this differently. CTA has offered bargaining and pedagogical guidance to our local chapters that would require districts to supply any necessary equipment (unless otherwise bargained) and provide training for approved and properly licensed software and communication platforms. Consideration should be given to both student and educator privacy.  Educators are coming together to share ideas and resources in our CTA closed Facebook group CTA Teaching Learning and Life During COVID-19, and across social media platforms using the hashtag #remotelearning. CTA has also hosted a virtual training presented by a CTA member who teaches at a virtual school.