12 Feb CCSD and ESEA reach agreement for return to school
The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) to support the transition to the hybrid instructional model beginning on March 1, 2021, for students in pre-kindergarten through third-grade students.
The intent of the MOA is to efficiently and effectively address the safety concerns of employees in connection with the reopening of CCSD’s schools.
“Support Professionals have played a critical role in supporting students, teachers and families throughout the pandemic. We must ensure they continue to feel safe doing their jobs,” said Board of School Trustees President Linda P. Cavazos. “This agreement allows the Board to continue to address safety concerns.”
The MOA includes safety protocols and standards based on guidance from the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including:
- Daily symptom screening
- Monthly COVID-19 testing
- COVID-19 contact tracing
- Providing personal protective equipment to all employees
- Strict and thorough classroom and building sanitation
The agreement also outlines a one-time $3,000 stipend for First Aid Safety Assistants (FASA) and a one-time $1,000 stipend for FASA backups who will be needed to staff the sick rooms to support potentially ill students. The FASA and FASA backups will also be provided with all necessary personal protective equipment and disinfectant supplies. Additionally, the MOA will provide a one-time $750 stipend for employees who performed public work during the school closure period.
“Support professionals play a critical role in supporting our students both in and out of the classroom,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “This agreement with the Education Support Employees Association is a vital piece of getting our schools open for face-to-face instruction. We need every member of the CCSD team working together to support students and their fellow employees to ensure everyone remains healthy as we take this giant step toward overcoming this year of adversity.”
“ESEA is pleased that the Trustees approved the agreement between CCSD and ESEA this evening, This agreement is a good start to keeping the reopening of schools as safe as possible for education support professionals and students. ESEA will be working closely with CCSD and our members to ensure safety is a priority as we move forward with reopening,” said ESEA President Jan Giles.
Additionally, CCSD will prioritize any telecommuting requests for education support professionals who are members of a “vulnerable population” as defined by the State of Nevada’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 021, Phase 2 Reopening Plan, Sections 5 and Section 6.
The District has been working closely with SNHD officials throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so to safeguard the health and safety of students, families and employees.