Distance Learning

July 16, 2020

AFSCME employees,

I am sure that each of you are aware that all of Sacramento County including EGUSD has decided to start the 2020-2021 school year in a Distance Learning model.  We have spent most of the last couple of months working on the Transitional or Hybrid Model options for the start of this school year. The survey that AFSCME did last month showed that many of you had concerns about safely reopening our schools.  I know that those concerns are shared with the District and the EGUSD School Board.  We now need to change our focus.  Seeing as this decision was just made yesterday by the Sacramento County Office of Education and then adopted by EGUSD, the District has not yet discussed with us the complete switch to Distance Learning and what that means for our AFSCME employees.  As you can imagine we have a lot of questions that need to be answered.  When we were asked in a text message if “we were comfortable with this decision” my response was, “AFSCME is concerned with possible staffing changes that may occur due to this decision”.  How can we support a decision that we do not fully understand the ramifications of?  Some of us have jobs that rely on students being on campus.  Is there a way we can still provide this service or a variation of it in a Distance Learning environment?  We will need to think collaboratively, creatively and innovatively to make ourselves useful during this time.  I received an email yesterday from a Library Technician with suggestions of ways she has brainstormed to support Distance Learning.  This kind of thinking is what will really make a difference in the next few months.

 

AFSCME Leadership has been working collaboratively with District leadership and the other bargaining units and we will continue to do so.  We will be negotiating with your best interests in mind.  We will continue to email updates as they become available.  Remember this is not a permanent change.  We will have students back on campus and they will need us more than ever.  We make EGUSD happen!

 

Jennifer Ballerini

President, AFSCME Local 258