Napa Valley EA News

Representing NVUSD Teachers, Counselors, and Nurses

December 3, 2020

Council met on December 1st. Here are the talking points:

Informational: The public health circumstances in the county and state continue to be a concern. We anticipate an Executive Order from the Governor this week which may have implications for Napa County and the District.

Informational: The District will be enacting a series of six Middle School Redesign Task Force meetings to address the impacts of decline in enrollment at the middle school level. The diverse committee of stakeholders will deeply study facility, financial, and programmatic information and options. The work will be done with a lens of sustainability and equity. The meetings will be public (January-April). Potential changes would be implemented in the 2022-23 school year.

Informational: We discussed the forthcoming surveys to staff from the district and Promise 54 to gather organizational culture and talent readiness information to guide the preparation of a multi-year roadmap toward improved diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). An email with more details will come out this week to staff.

Actionable: In light of concerns, we evaluated our current Phase 2 schedule and identified common interests to improve student outcomes and teacher support. The next step is to propose and consider potential options for the hybrid schedule.

Site reps were asked to share interests around how to improve the phase 2 schedule. NVEA brought these interests to council. Here are the interests that were developed during council:

Improvement of Phase 2 Schedule:

How will we know it is better?

  • Reducing stress

    • repetition in secondary school (teaching periods twice)

    • Lack of time to meet students’ needs (efficacy)

    • Teachers’ expectations for their own teaching

    • Room/Zoom

      • ineffective teaching/learning

      • workload

  • Safety is still a priority

    • number of students in person

  • Student engagement/success

    • SEL/Mental Health

    • Students’ needs are met

    • More time with teacher

    • development of independent work skills

  • Schedule that is adaptive to changing conditions

  • Consistency

  • Minimizing the unintended consequences

  • Asynchronous time

    • definition

    • structure

    • time management

    • clarity for teachers and families

    • more time with teachers for specific needs

Unless the state completely shuts down in-person education, we will continue in Phase 2. There is not an expectation of moving from Phase 2 before March and possibly not until the end of the year. The possible schedule changes will not be a complete redesign. There are also updated guidelines from CalOSHA and the CDC.

If you have additional interests please share them with your site rep who will share with their director. NVEA/NVUSD Council will be meeting again on December 8th.