Summer Update

Issue #3 - July 16, 2020

- President's Message -

President's Message #3

- COVID 19 statement from SMMCTA Executive Board -

"As leaders of the SMMCTA, we recognize that the safest way to return to school is to follow the guidance of scientific experts. According to recent LA County DPH data, we are not ready to open schools as cases increase. Currently, there are not enough tests available to meet the growing need. In order to reopen schools safely, we need to have access to on-demand testing and also have declining infection rates in the community. Schools in Los Angeles County are not yet ready to open. And when schools reopen, we need to follow the most current protocol and guidelines from our local and state health authorities."

Read the full statement here.

Return to School MOU Update from Bargaining Chair, Grant Clark

Your bargaining team continues to negotiate with the district on the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and the reopening of schools as it relates to distance learning and eventually hybrid and full return. Our number one priority is to protect the health and safety of our members and students - now and always.

Your bargaining team is Liz Cowgill, Kathleen Faas, Peggy O'Meara, Jorge Cierra, Adam Panish, Grant Clark, and Penny Sevoian - CTA staff person.

Next meeting is July 22.

Contact Grant Clark at

Vice President Claudia Bautista-Nicholas on Safe Reopening of Schools

Vice President Claudia Bautista-Nicholas shares this from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocals for K-12 Schools

Bautista-Nicholas also attended the NEA Webinar: Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction. Please see her notes here.

You can also find an article and recorded webinar link in NEA Today

SMMUSD Alumnus Shares his family's covid 19 experience

Alumnus Dariush Sayson's family are all recovering from COVID-19. Please watch his video about their experience and his plea to follow the safety precautions here.

"Please follow those precautions...," he pleads, "...It's not about you. You could have it. You don't want to spread it."

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Articles of Interest

SMMCTA Executive Board Elementary Representative and Grievance Chair, Jenny Lipson, shares these articles that helped inform SMMCTA's position on the reopening of schools:

California schools must provide daily live interaction, access to technology this fall

Fauci: Mixed Messaging On Masks Set U.S. Public Health Response Back

Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, July 16th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Sign up to speak at 5:00pm through the Google Form.

Approval (vote) on the Reopening Plan Fall 2020 is item H.3. Presentation and survey results are attached.

Zoom Icon for the Board of Education Meeting

We invite you to use this Red for Ed picture for the board meeting in a show of solidarity for a safe reopening.


1. Click on the picture and download (or find it here).

2. Open your Zoom account or app

3. Add this to your profile pic

4. Once you join the Zoom meeting turn off your video and this will show.

Show Off your mask!

Members - Please send us a pic of you in a mask to be included in our next Newsletter and on our Facebook Group. Please include your name, site, and position. Send to

About Us

The Santa Monica Malibu Classroom Teachers Association represents the employee groups:

Child Development Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, K-12 Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Counselors, Librarians, Adult Education Teachers, Substitute Teachers, Nurses and other non-administrative positions within the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.