UTLA and LAUSD Strike Tentative Deal on Safety Measures, Teacher Pay
Members of United Teachers Los Angeles will vote on a tentative agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District this week which calls for new COVID safety protocols, an endorsement of live instruction for quarantined students, and a 5% raise plus bonuses for teachers and staff.
"First and foremost, the agreement recognizes that COVID-19 is still very much with us,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz. The agreement will be voted on Sept. 30 and then heads to the Board of Education for approval. Additional highlights include:
- A one-time $2,000 stipend for the current school year and an additional $500 bonus for teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors in addition to the 5% raise
- A $5,000 retention bonus for school nurses spread out over three years
- Ongoing weekly testing of all students and staff for the remainder of the fall semester and then weekly testing of unvaccinated students and staff in the spring semester
- Access to video livestreaming for at least 50% of the instructional day for students in quarantine
“Still unsettled is the question of whether L.A. Unified will adopt more flexible quarantine guidelines recently approved by the county health department,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Under those rules, students who are in close contact may be able to remain in class provided that the student and the infected individual were wearing masks. L.A. Unified rules mandate a quarantine for the exposed student in that circumstance.”
UTLA wants stricter quarantine rules. But the district has said it is considering aligning with the new county quarantine guidelines.