Welcome to our new and improved website! I wish this were under different terms as we all grapple daily with the five W’s. BTA continues to support you and enforce the rights and protections we have under our current MOU and contract. Now more than ever it is important to have our union in place. I hope the few who are not members will grow to see that what they are able to enjoy is a result of all of their colleagues’ joint efforts to support unionism.
Today we move forward and practice safe measures until COVID-19 retracts, and it becomes safe for us to return to a new sense of normalcy. BTA is here for all of our members and in spite of our imperfection, we will rise and show our Burbank community what consummate educators look like as we resume education through a distance learning platform.
I look forward to the day we can meet again in person. We will celebrate! Until then, be well and stay well.
EMERGENCY UPDATE 7/13/2020
Given the circumstances with the increase in Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County, BTA’s Executive Board has made the unanimous decision to advocate that we start the school year with 100% distance learning.
While we understand that in person education is far superior to the distance learning model, the safety of our children, families, and BTA members is paramount. We know members have many questions about distance learning. We’ve been working with the District as we reach agreement. We hope to be able to implement the hybrid model of instruction when BTA and the District deem it safe to return to campuses. The safe return to in class instruction will be negotiated. BTA plans to create a phase one MOU for distance learning and a phase two MOU for hybrid learning.
Thank you for your patience and continued support as we navigate this difficult situation. Keep reading News From the Table for updates on tentative agreements BTA reaches with the District.
RECENT UPDATE 7-11-2020
Again, thank you for your flexibility and patience during this time. The challenges continue as we work quickly to put a MOU in place that will be brought to a member secret ballot online electronic vote before school starts. All that has been discussed to date is tentative. Please make sure that you are receiving our BTA communiques through your personal emails. We have had many people not open their personal emails and we have had some discover that their email is not current. Here are some clarifications since our last communication.
I once again encourage all to be prepared for being able to distance teach from home. The Print Center is open and ready for those who want to put assignments or units or any other curriculum in packets. Thank you again for working together as we nimbly find ways to be safe and stay safe.