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Organized Parent/Teacher Pushback Planned At Tonight's LB School Board Meeting, Dissatisfied With Current LBUSD Reopening Plans, Quotes Lakewood High Teacher Saying Until Comprehensive Plan "We Are ALL Safer At Home"



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(Aug. 5, 2020, 11:50 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned there will be organized parent and teacher pushback at tonight's Aug. 5 LB School Board meeting voicing dissatisfaction with LBUSD's plans to date regarding reopening of LB schools.

A press release received by LBREPORT.com at midmorning (Aug. 5) states that "#United LBUSD" describing itself as "a movement of 5,000 concerned parents and teachers coming together to express their concerns over lack of community input with recent district decisions on distance learning," quotes a Lakewood High teacher in stating: "The goal should be the reopening of schools for in person learning when it is safe with a comprehensive plan that keeps students, teachers, staff and our LBUSD families safe. Parents and teachers are united in this goal. Until then, we are ALL Safer at Home."

The group and its release appear to be associated with a Facebook page by Parents for Teachers LBUSD.

The release states:

[Release text] In a matter of hours last Friday, July 31, thousands of parents and teachers organized together in response to a series of district updates on distance learning that have left both constituencies with more questions than answers. For parents, it came in an email sent late Friday evening requesting parents to either opt into online instruction for the entire school year or enroll in face-to-face instruction once itís deemed safe, but engage in online instruction in the interim.

To compound the matter, the district enrollment system crashed. Parents were unable to follow suit on the district request nor contact district offices with questions over the weekend. With an original re-enrollment deadline of August 7th looming, parents were left with questions regarding learning models unanswered.For teachers on the other hand, frustration has been escalating due to a recent mandate by LBUSD requiring teachers to deliver instruction from their empty campus classrooms.

At a time when the science of Covid19 is still emerging, coupled with an ever-rising surge incases and related deaths, concerns about safety abound. According to a recent study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in four teachers in the US, or nearly 1.5 million people, are at increasedrisk for Covid19. Considering how many infected teachers can bring the virus home to their families, including their own kids, this is cause for alarm.

Jason Goldfischer, a teacher at Lakewood High School sums up concerns about teaching from his classroom, "The goal should be the reopening of schools for in person learning when it is safe with a comprehensive plan that keeps students, teachers, staff and our LBUSD families safe.Parents and teachers are united in this goal. Until then, we are ALL Safer at Home."

Parents and teachers plan to express their concerns and solidarity in a physically distanced car caravan demonstration and public comments to coincide with todayís 5 pm board meeting.

United LBUSD is a movement of 5,000 concerned parents and teachers coming together to express their concerns over lack of community input with recent district decisions on distance learning. As parents and teachers, United LBUSD takes pride in the ALL MEANS ALL mantra of the school district and advocates to ensure all students receive an equitable and safe learning environment thatís informed by science and data.

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As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, the LB School Board is scheduled to hear a report from LBUSD management at its Aug. 5, 5 p.m. meeting on "Opening of School Update." LBUSD has indicated school will begin online only on Sept. 1 and will continue online only until at least Oct. 5.

The publicly stated position of the Teachers Ass'n of Long Beach (TALB) is:

[TALB website Aug. 5] "There are NO agreements with Executive Staff on any aspect of returning to work on August 31st. There is NO agreement that ALL teachers should return to their empty classrooms to teach online learning. There are NO agreements to Executive Staffís proposals for online learning. Put simply, THERE ARE NO AGREEMENTS! Our next Bargaining Session is August 7th. The TALB Bargaining Team NEEDS your support. Please email Board of Education members and copy (cc) Executive Staff. BARGAIN A FAIR AND EQUITABLE SETTLEMENT! [end TALB text

In other words: LBUSD management and TALB are negotiating the terms of an MOU on how to proceed in resuming classes. We have no ddetails yet. Also on the agenda:

  • An LBUSD staff recommendation to convene the "School Naming Advisory Comittee" in fall 2020 "to review names that have been nominated for schools and to engage in the established process for making recommendations to the Board of Education." (The proeceddures are spelled out in an attachment on pp. 33-34 of the agenda here.).

  • A staff update on "establishment of an equity leadership team and seek input from the Board of Education on the composition of the team and consider other recommendations." The action follows a July 20, 2020, Board vote to establish a "district equity leadership team tasked with making recommendations for policy, practices, funding and future initiatives."
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