Green Dot California Ratifies Agreements with Teachers
Union, Sets April 26 as Reopening Date for all 19 Middle and High Schools in Los Angeles
The agreements focus on high-quality instruction, mental health, safety, and support
March 26, 2021 -- LOS ANGELES. Green Dot Public Schools California (GDPSCA) ratified agreements with Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU) the union that represents Green Dot’s California teachers and counselors, that outline reopening plans for Green Dot’s 19 middle and high schools in Los Angeles. Students will have the option to return to in person learning starting on April 26, 2021.
Schools will offer either the Hybrid Model and Afternoon Supports Model based on family interest for each model and academic indicators such as absenteeism, grades and assignment turn-in rates. There are additional models and supports for subgroups including Students with Disabilities and English Learners. In both models, students will be interacting with teachers in-person rather than merely accessing a distance learning curriculum in school.
“We are fortunate to have a partnership that values all stakeholders - including students, teachers, counselors and parents” says Jeremy Zuniga (President, Asociación de Maestros Unidos). “We are satisfied with our MOU that will bring some students, teachers and counselors back to campus to resume in person instruction.”
Green Dot’s safety protocols and facilities upgrades exceed the requirements from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and include: installation of the highest quality air filters, UV lights and static cleaners for disinfecting, and signage, PPE, 6-feet social distancing, masks, and plexiglass throughout campus. All staff can receive a Covid-19 vaccine and there is weekly testing available to students, staff, and vendors.
“We’re solidifying key learnings and innovations from the pandemic as we focus on accelerating student growth and rebuilding communities,” says Dr. Cristina de Jesus (CEO & President Green Dot CA). “We’re capitalizing on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine our schools.”
Green Dot California is on Spring Break from March 29th through April 9th, schools will prepare for reopening the weeks of April 12th and 19th while online instruction continues, and will welcome participating students back to campus on April 26th. Green Dot will continue to operate in partnership with AMU, ACEA and our parents and students, as well as in response to local and state health guidance and recommendations.
Green Dot Public Schools California is a network of 19 Title I middle and high schools purposefully located in communities that have been historically underserved in South and East Los Angeles. Our mission is to help transform public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.