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.
As we sadly continue to see the number of positive COVID-19 cases rise not just in the County, but in Burbank, we have worked hard to ensure the safety of all of our members. Last Thursday, November 19, 2020, the Board of Education decided to take a stand and voted 5-0 to keep Distance Learning for the 2020-21 school year. We currently have a MOU on Distance Learning that is in effect until the end of the 2020-21 school year. Although this is not what any of us wants and although we are aware of the ramifications of distance learning for our students, parents, and community, we will continue to do all we can to educate our students because we are skilled professionals who understand the needs of our students. This has been challenging and stressful on all of our teachers, counselors, speech and language pathologists, and nurses. In particular, I want to acknowledge our Horace Mann, ASES, and Around the Bell teachers who go in daily and work in person with our students. Going forward we must continue to stand strong to ensure that our schools stay safe for all of us and that includes SPED teachers and other small cohort teachers who are feeling the pressure to return. For those members who volunteer to return to meet with these groups of students, BTA will continue to make sure that you and the students are safe within the parameters that are in place regarding PPE and social distancing.
The Negotiations Team will meet with the BUSD on Monday, 11-23-20 to further discuss SPED assessments and small group cohorts for other groups. Please look for the next News From the Table when it comes out. Please be safe and stay well.