Bakersfield Metropolis College Districts are finalizing talks with the Bakersfield Elementary Lecturers Affiliation to return to face-to-face studying
The Bakersfield City School District was originally scheduled to initiate face-to-face teaching this month. These dates were postponed to early April shortly after the announcement.
On Thursday, the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association and Bakersfield City School District met for over seven hours to finalize a memorandum of understanding on BCSD’s return to school.
“It’s not just about the safety of teachers and staff: our students live in the most vulnerable zip codes and the most affected zip codes in Kern County, and there is not a single employee who wants to be responsible for introducing a virus, too.” a child. Steve Comstock Jr., president of the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association, told 23ABC, “While they (children) are not as prone to it, they can still be carriers and their families have been hit really hard.”
According to Comstock, BETA wants to ensure that all teachers and staff who want to get vaccinated before they return have this opportunity. Around 80 percent of the members surveyed would like to receive the vaccine.
“‘We’re only asking as much for as much security as possible, and the district was really willing to work with us on that,” Comstock said. “We are really grateful.”
Comstock said shortly after BCSD tentatively postponed personal class dates from mid-March to early April, Governor Newsom allocated 10 percent of vaccine doses to teachers and proposed new laws for schools returning in person.
Comstock also said the district has signed a contract with some local health facilities to vaccinate teachers and staff at district locations rather than mass vaccination.
“We know the other interventions work. We know masking works. We know distancing works, that vaccinations are a layer on top of any other layers we’ve put in place to protect us from the transmission of COVID-19, ”said Kimberly Hernandez, assistant manager of health services at Kern County Public Health, told 23ABC . “So we can get the students back into school with these non-pharmaceutical interventions.”
The CDC has also voiced the same, but Comstock said they had these interventions back in October when Kern County entered the red line and that they eventually had to close again.
“And the yo-yo effect of opening and closing is even harder than continuing to do distance learning until we get to a point where we can open up and stay open,” Comstock said.
Here are some of the other working conditions that Comstock BETA hopes will complete on Friday morning:
-How often are classrooms, bathrooms and common areas cleaned
– With plexiglass in certain areas
– Accommodation for teachers for underlying health conditions
-All the safety guidelines set by the CDC, the California Department of Health, and Cal / OSHA
Comstock told 23ABC that they will have another meeting with BCSD at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. He’s hoping for an agreement.
We reached out to BCSD and they were unable to fulfill our interview request at this point.