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April/May 2021

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Use the QR code above to go directly to the Cal/OSHA online form to file a complaint. Details below. You can report safety violations at your school through your CTA site rep or safety rep, who will follow up to make sure unsafe situations are addressed and take it to chapter leadership if necessary. They will also enter the case into the CTA Safety Violation Database. You can also: • Call the COVID-19 School Hotline at 833-422-4255 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat- Sun 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) or go to caschoolsopening. (under the tab "Comments and Concerns") to report a violation. • File a complaint with Cal/OSHA at dosh/complaint.htm (any images that show student or sta™ faces should be blurred before uploading). Your CTA primary contact sta™ is available for assistance. For the latest information on the coronavirus, vaccines and more go to Report a Safety Violation "Parents of color are more likely to be cautious about schools opening too quickly, not too slowly," Garin said. "Only 22 percent of Black parents feel comfortable sending their child to school for in-person instruction." • By 57 percent to 35 percent, parents say they are more worried about their children being infected at school or infecting family members than about their children falling behind aca- demically if only o™ered remote learning. When schools do reopen, half of parents (51 percent) will opt to keep their child participating in remote learning from home. Said Garin, "Parents of color tend to be more concerned — they live in communities that have been a™ected by virus." " There will absolutely be parents — and I've spoken to them — who will not feel comfor t- able sending their kids to school in the fall, so there will have to be options for them," said Matthew Schneck , a high school teacher and member of San Diego Education Association, at the press event. • Large majorities of voters (78 percent) and parents (76 percent) think schools need to make major modifications to reopen for in-person instruction. What's more, 71 per- cent of voters and 63 percent of parents say schools should reopen for in-person instruc- tion only after teachers have had the chance to be vaccinated. Parents are evenly divided about whether they'll send their children back to schools when they reopen. 51% 48% High school teacher Matthew Schneck at the press conference. Top 5 Points From CDPH O N M A R C H 2 0 , the California Department of Public Health issued a revision to its COVID-19 guidance for in-person instruction in schools. Key points: • Maximize space between seating and desks. Distance teachers and other sta™ at least 6 feet away from students and other sta™ desks. Maintaining a minimum of 3 feet between student chairs is strongly recommended. • Use of a hybrid model is permitted; full reopening not required. "In-person instruction" is defined as a school giving "all students in at least one grade the option to return for at least part of the school week." • Reopening allowed when adjusted case rate < 25. Schools may open for all grades in the purple tier when the adjusted case rate is less than 25 per 100,000 people per day, but they are not required to do so. • COVID safety plan. Schools must complete and post a COVID-19 Safety Plan to their website prior to reopening for in-person instruction. • Enforcement. Safety concerns should be reported immediately to your chapter leadership. Continued from Page 14 16 In the Know R E T U R N I N G T O S C H O O L

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