DUSD and DUEA Joint Communique Regarding MOU for Opening of the 2020-2021 School Year

  • Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) and Duarte Unified Educators Association (DUEA) are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been reached for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, This MOU outlines the parameters of the 100% Distance Learning Model for Grades TK-12 that will start on August 13, 2020. The members of the bargaining teams are to be commended for developing an agreement that addresses the importance of creating a rigorous remote learning experience for our students and safe working conditions for our certificated employees in response to COVID-19. The MOU also aligns with California Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) and the priorities developed through our Re-Visioning process which was informed by our district’s students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration. 

    Key highlights included within the MOU are: 

    • The school year will begin with a 100% Distance Learning Model that will be evaluated every 30 days to determine when it is safe for the district to transition to blended learning instruction and eventually full in-person instruction consistent with local public health orders and SB 98.
    • The 100% Distance Learning Model will provide high quality, rigorous instruction that is aligned with state standards.
    • The 100% Distance Learning Model will include daily live interaction with teachers and peers for instruction and to maintain school/social connectedness.
    • Students will receive Grades and Daily Attendance will be taken.
    • Teachers have the option to work either from their classroom or home.
    • All employees will be responsible for self-assessing symptoms for COVID-19 prior to arriving at a worksite.

    The MOU also outlines the schedules that will be followed during 100% Distance Learning. These schedules were constructed through the negotiations process collaboratively and conscientiously to best serve the needs of our students and certificated staff members. The schedules were customized for secondary and elementary levels, and are available to view by clicking here. 

    Careful consideration was taken to build schedules that are age-level appropriate and that provide for a healthy balance of synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. Key features of these schedules are noted below:

    • Dedicated time is built in for teachers to plan lessons, offer office hours for parents and students, collaborate with colleagues, provide small-group instruction, special needs support, and intervention to address any prior learning loss from school closure due to COVID-19.
    • The secondary schedule for students in Grades 6 - 12 will utilize a block schedule format allowing for three class periods each day on an alternating odd/even rotation every Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Students will have all six class periods every Monday between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for the opportunity to check-in with all of their teachers and receive an overview of the upcoming week.
    • The schedule for Grades TK-5 will include 255 minutes of instruction per day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday-Friday and every Monday from 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. Within the instructional time of each day, 45 minutes will be allotted for breaks and lunch.

    The MOU will be voted on by the DUEA membership this week, and then presented to the Board of Education for approval at the Regular Meeting scheduled for August 13, 2020. DUSD and DUEA appreciate the dedication and hard work invested by the members who negotiated these terms on behalf of both entities in a thoughtful, respectful, and collegial manner. We are proud to continue to work together to provide a safe and productive learning environment for our students, employees, families, and community that is needed especially now to meet the challenges of these unprecedented times.

    Sincerely,

    Rick Crosby, DUSD Assistant Superintendent of Personnel

    Heather Messner, DUEA President