July 19, 2021
The District sent notification to CTA that they intend to "revise" the COVID-19 Health and Procedures Manual, which is basically a unilaterally prepared policy for dealing with the pandemic and related issues.
CTA'S RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THE DISTRICT'S MANUAL REVISIONS ARE AT THIS LINK:
The District has never considered any of CTA's recommendations, does not consult regularly with stakeholders, and unilaterally creates the policies claiming "management rights".
CTA filed action against the District for violating our MOU by revising the COVID-19 manual to move from a 14-day quarantine to a 10-day quarantine, which was against the preliminary advice of their own Medical Advisory Committee. They made the changes on December 18, 2020 without notifying or consulting with CTA until after the changes were made. What happened as a result? January 2021 had the most COVID-cases that were ever recorded in OCPS schools and worksites. In fact, there were more positive COVID-19 cases in January, than in August, September, October, November and the first weeks of December combined!
We cannot allow the District to make reckless decisions that risk the health and lives of students and employees by gutting policies.
A copy of the current OCPS COVID-19 Health and Procedures Manual is at this link: Download File (COVID-19 Health and Safety Manual.pdf)
A copy of the proposed OCPS COVID-19 Health and Procedures Manual is at this link:
If you are concerned with the lack of protections that will be provided this school year, as the Delta variant has made cases surge in Orange County, the positivity rate is over 15%, hospitalizations are up, the School Board has made masks optional, and most students and many adults at schools and worksites will be unvaccinated, please contact school board members. (Their email addresses are at this link:
CTA also demanded to impact bargain the safety and health policies and offered 6 dates and also afternoons, evenings and weekends. The District rejected all of CTA's dates, and instead proposed bargaining after teachers return for pre-planning. We will keep you updated on developments.
CTA WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO KEEP EVERY EMPLOYEE AND EVERY STUDENT SAFE!
READ MORE ABOUT THE DISTRICT'S UNILATERAL CHANGES TO THE MANUAL AT