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President's Post - Monday, April 20, 2020

Awesome Teachers!

With the first week of Distance Learning under our belts, I can say that I have heard some wonderful stories of our members stepping up to the plate and doing an awesome job. Remember that we are only being asked to try and do our best. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and improve. This is new for everyone.

Evaluations

MTA signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) this past week regarding evaluations for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • A permanent certificated staff member for whom two (2) observations have been completed and rated Satisfactory will have their final evaluation completed for the current 2019-2020 school year and will achieve an overall rating of Satisfactory.
  • A permanent certificated staff member for whom one (1) observation has been completed and rated Satisfactory will have their final evaluation completed for the current 2019-2020 school year and will achieve an overall rating of Satisfactory. If not completed prior to the date of school closure (3/18/20), a second observation will be considered waived.
  • A permanent certificated staff member with one (1) Satisfactory and (1) Unsatisfactory observation completed prior to the date of school closure will have his/her evaluation placed on pause. The evaluation for this member will be continued to the 2020-21 school year, picking up where the process was put on hold, and the two observation completed thus far will count.
    • Upon commencing, the outcome of the continuance of the process will be applied and count as the final evaluation for the 2019-20 school year, and the evaluation cycle for the employee will be applied per normal procedures.
    • A final evaluation will not be written/transmitted at the end of the 2019-20 school year as would normally occur until the above process is completed.
  • A permanent certificated staff member assigned to the PAR process in the 2019-20 school year will continue the PAR process in 2020-21, unless it was determined that the member satisfactorily completed the PAR process and was deemed Satisfactory prior to school closure.

Stipends

MTA also negotiated an LOA regarding stipends during school closure. Most stipends will be paid in full.

  • If the work can continue, the stipend will be paid as if we were in open school.
  • Zero/Eighth Period Optionals as well as the TK/K stipend for not having paraprofessional support will all be paid in full.
  • If the work was not able to continue during school closure, the stipends will be prorated to the date of school closure (3/18/20).
    • For example, traffic patrol, drama, dance, outdoor education, etc. will be prorated to the day of school closure.
  • Athletic Coaching - Spring Sports
    • Stipends will be paid at 50% with the following exceptions - 55% for swim stipend, and stipends for coaches with late clearances will be prorated based on the date of clearance.

Union Busting

Many of you may have received an email from an organization called Optout Today trying to convince you to drop your union membership during this time of Distance Learning. Make no mistake about it, this is just another attempt to bust public employee unions at a time when the support and protection of a labor union couldn't be more important.

    • Modesto Teachers Association is here to serve and represent you during these difficult times. We appreciate your continued membership and support. In this solidarity, we will survive this pandemic and continue to make public education strong.

Rep Assembly

  • MTA Site Reps: Please watch your email for a Zoom invite from Darrel James to a virtual R.A. meeting at the regularly scheduled day and time, Wednesday, May 6th at 3:30 PM. See you there!

MTA Office

The office remains closed currently, but as always, we are here to answer questions and provide support. We are all available by email and can arrange for phone calls when necessary.

Please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a face mask in public places. This is a very fluid and ever-changing situation. We will continue to give you up to date information. Stay safe!

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