Coronavirus Uncertainties Lead to Mass Layoffs at San Rafael City Schools

San Rafael City Schools will give layoff notices to more than 100 classified workers amid uncertainties about the fall semester and the coronavirus. The vote was 4-to-1 Monday for layoffs at the district’s elementary schools and high schools. Trustee Greg Knell was the lone no vote on both resolutions.

“This looks horrible in the middle of Black Lives Matter to wipe out every black employee in the district,” Said Knell (Marin Independent Journal). The cuts will affect custodians, food clerks, instructional assistants, and other staff.

Amy Baer, assistant superintendent said the district must prepare for a “worst case scenario” in the fall. There is still a chance that distance-learning continues through the foreseeable future and many positions are not needed.

“This is not about lack of budget funds — this is about lack of work,” Baer said.

Some of the positions could come back, depending on what happens next semester. On that note, California State Employees Association union representatives questioned the move’s necessity and said discussions with the teachers should have been held first.

According to the Marin Independent Journal, the layoffs will cut “the equivalent of 76.4 full-time jobs in the elementary schools and the equivalent of 30.2 full-time jobs in the high schools — for a total reduction of the equivalent of 106.6 full-time jobs across both sections, affecting 142 actual employees.”