BFT Elementary Counterproposal
BFT proposed that only teachers who volunteer to return to in person instruction shall be assigned to work with students in person.
Threshold for Resuming and Continuing in Person Instruction
BFT proposed that contingent upon in-person work being voluntary, in person instruction in a hybrid model for elementary and ECE will resume after Alameda County and the City of Berkeley are designated in the Orange Tier and that Elementary and ECE programs will remain open as long as the county and city remain in the Orange Tier. If BUSD rejects the proposal that all in person work be voluntary, BFT proposes that the threshold for reopening will be the Yellow Tier.
Criteria for Closing a Class or School
If a confirmed case of COVID occurs in any classroom, the classroom will close. It may reopen after two weeks. If confirmed COVID cases over the course of a week total 5% or more of the student population of a site, the entire school will close for two weeks.
Student and Staff COVID Testing
BFT proposed that all students be tested before returning to in person instruction and every two weeks as long as they are attending classes in person.
BFT accepted the BUSD proposal that staff be required to obtain a COVID test every two weeks, but countered that testing opportunities shall be provided at each school site and that teachers shall be granted one hour of staff meeting time or one hour of pay at the hourly rate to complete the required testing.
High Risk individuals
BFT proposed that teachers who document that they have conditions on the CDC high risk list, or live with someone who has those conditions, or are a caretaker for someone with these conditions, will be allowed to continue to work remotely, regardless of the specific outcome of their accommodations interview.
BFT proposed that members may work remotely from any location as long as they are on site for any responsibilities they may have during the in person instruction portion of the day.
Elementary Hybrid Schedule
The BFT survey showed strong support among elementary teachers for the general hybrid model that BUSD has proposed. The model retains the core of Distance Learning in the mornings and adds in person options in the afternoon for those who choose them. However it’s not possible to keep all of the elements of Distance Learning while adding in person time.
BFT’s proposal keeps online classes together for whole class sessions every day for every student. It keeps the A/B half class sessions for students who aren’t attending in person on any given day. Teachers who are working in person will not hold small group sessions online. Students who remain in 100% Distance Learning may receive small group support from teachers who also remain in 100% Distance Learning. Members report that students are somewhat less engaged with the asynchronous work, so our proposal greatly reduces responsibility for that work for those teachers who will work in person.
BFT rejected the BUSD proposal that in person small group support instruction be provided by classroom teachers while they are simultaneously conducting live online instruction while a hybrid model is in effect.
BFT proposed that Special Ed, intervention, release time and enrichment staff continue to work remotely unless they volunteer to work in person. This will reduce the likelihood that adults are traveling from group to group and bursting cohort bubbles.
BFT proposed that students will eat their grab and go snacks and meals outdoors and that a plan will be developed for eating outside under cover on rainy days. BUSD is planning to install some covered shelters in the coming weeks.
BFT expects that there will be many logistical challenges that cannot be foreseen or completely addressed in a written agreement before classes begin. Many will need to be solved on a site by site basis. To facilitate the type of problem solving that will be required, BFT proposed a more gradual reopening than that proposed by the district.
Week 1--TK/K and ECE classes will open.
Week 2--Grades 1-2 classes will open.
Week 3--Grades 3-5 classes will open.
Week 4--After school classes will open.
BEARS After School Program
Under the BFT proposal, Bears staff will only return to in person work if they volunteer to do so.
BFT has proposed that whenever possible, Bears classes will be assigned to rooms that are not in use during the in person portion of the school day. Students will eat any snacks or meals outside.
BFT proposed that there be a plan for isolating students who show symptoms after school offices close for the end of the day.