Napa Valley EA News
Representing NVUSD Teachers, Counselors, and Nurses
May 11, 2021
Dear Teachers, Counselors and Nurses,
NVEA/NVUSD Council met on Tuesday, May 4th. Here are the talking points that were sent out from council on the 6th:
We discussed staffing implications following the School Board’s decision to close and redesign middle schools including impacts of early choice enrollment and K-8 pilot possibilities. Gayle and Dana will begin meeting with the staff of River and Harvest this week.
We discussed the one-time, in person money from the state to help support students with in-person instruction. There will be many opportunities for teachers to provide extended instruction to students, starting this summer and throughout next year. We reviewed the recent MOU to pay teachers at their normal hourly rate for this kind of extra work throughout 21-22.
We discussed parameters for modifying the last week of school schedule as needed based on graduation and promotion needs. We agreed sites would finalize the changes based on their individual schedules within shared guidelines from the Instructional Division.
Next meeting we will continue to discuss the 21-22 school year and what will need to be in place to continue to meet public health guidelines while providing the most in-person instruction possible.
Today, May 11, Dana Page sent an email about the stipend using the one time money the State specifically allocated for incentivising districts to increase in-person instruction. NVEA's interest was to insure as much money as possible went to our members. AB86 provided this restricted money to support and encourage in-person instruction. This money could not be used to support virtual instruction. We recognize the additional work all our members have had during this unprecedented school year. For members working at schools there have been increased responsibilities, including room and zoom. In October, when it was announced that teachers would be responsible for in-person instruction, we had members ask that those teachers working in the classroom receive extra compensation because of the additional work involved. At the time there was no source of money for that kind of extra compensation. Now there is thanks to these restricted funds. Here is a link to the FAQ’s.
NVEA was also able to increase our members’ opportunity to make additional money by insisting that our summer school rate and extra hourly rate was increased to our salary per diem. This is also one time funding from the Learning Loss Mitigation funds. This means that next year when members sign up to provide instruction outside of their contract hours they will be paid the same hourly rate they earn during contract hours.
Please stay safe and healthy,
NVEA Executive Board