School Board approves distance learning agreement between teachers, District

In a special virtual School Board meeting conducted over Zoom on Monday night, Board members unanimously approved an MOU between the Piedmont Unified School District and the Association of Piedmont Teachers that establishes a baseline of expectations around distance learning. The agreement is effective April 2 – June 30 and outlines policies around grading, instruction, professional development, special education, and more.

You can view the MOU here. 

The approval came a day before Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties formally — and not unexpectedly — announced that school campuses would remain closed through the end of the school year.

More specific information will be sent to parents within the next several days, according to an email Supt. Randy Booker sent to the school community last night. Parents, students, and teachers in Piedmont and around the state have been grappling with issues of access and equity related to online learning since schools were shut down in mid-March. Piedmont’s Spring Break begins April 13, giving educators and families a chance to take a breather before restarting on April 20.

The next regular virtual School Board meeting is this Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. See the agenda and how to access the meeting here.

Coming later this week: Results from PUSD survey reveal challenges ahead for distance learning.

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