Our Plan Moves Forward: Teacher Training Agreement Signed
We are pleased to share that we have reached an agreement with the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) for the second step of our distance learning plan during the period of school closures.
The second step of our plan includes:
- Computers for teachers who need them to provide distance learning instruction
- Training for teachers on distance learning
Our Next Step
Our plan is to begin a district-wide formal distance learning program on April 13. The District looks forward to continuing our discussions with SCTA to continue developing and implementing our distance learning plan during this period of school closures.
This would include setting expectations for distance learning as well as the responsibilities of other key non-classroom certificated employees, including counselors, social workers, nurses, school psychologists, training specialists, librarians, program specialists, resource teachers, and language, speech and hearing specialists. Again, we remain hopeful that our students can begin a district-wide distance learning program by April 13.
This agreement is consistent with the orders from the Governor (link to March 13 Exec. Order; March 19 Order/Guidance) and direction from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide Essential Educational Services. It is also consistent with corresponding CDE-issued guidance to help K-12 education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities.
Protecting Equity in Distance Learning
We are grateful for the efforts of our teachers who continue communicating with their students to provide learning resources and ongoing support. Implementing a distance learning plan that serves all Sac City Unified students remains our focus in these critical negotiations with SCTA over the coming days.
This agreement moves us another step forward in our plan to provide comprehensive and equitable learning opportunities for all students.
Please know that we are working internally, regionally, and beyond to determine how best to implement the various directives and guidelines related to distance learning opportunities.
Available Online Resources
There are many free resources that can support student learning and student and family well-being during this public health crisis.
Free Learning Resources – Learning and physical activities for students and additional educational information for parents/guardians.
Utilities and Internet Services – Free and low-cost Internet services; links to free transit services and assistance with utility bills and rent.
Student Nutrition Program – free meals for students provided Monday – Friday.
Additional Food and Supplies – Free food closets and free fresh produce.
Health Resources – Free clinics, foster youth supports and mental health services.
Additional Resources – Legal assistance, childcare for essential workers, community childcare, Dreamer/DACA information and multi-service community agencies.