07/10/2020 – Want a Safer Start in August?

Make your voice heard!

Join over 2000 of your colleagues who have already filled out JCEA’s survey on what makes for a safer return to school in August. The survey is open until Wednesday July 15. The data will provide us direction for negotiating an MOU (memorandum of understanding) about what the fall will look like. Follow this link.

Help us spread the word! Copy and paste this easy to share link to the survey into texts, emails and posts on social media : https://bit.ly/JCEA_Survey_July_8

Online or in person!?!?

JPS Employee Work Preference Request

JPS sent out a questionnaire about educator’s preference for the August return: online only OR in person. Many members are wondering how to respond.

JCEA’s advice is to answer honestly.

If you do not feel safe to go back in person, regardless of any medical condition, say so. The District needs to understand how many employees are reluctant to come back for in person instruction. And if you feel confident going back in person-say that.

Finally, if you need more time to decide, or if you have questions, wait. Take some time to make your lists of Pro’s and Cons, consult with your family and support system, give yourself permission to process this decision – it feels heavy because it is heavy and we all have a lot to process.

SPEAKING OF QUESTIONS…

JCEA members have many good questions about what August will look like. In addition to taking the survey, we are collecting any additional questions HERE. They will inform our conversations and our negotiations with the District. If we can answer your question, or the District can, we will get answers out in FAQs.

We know that not all the questions have answers yet. We want to make sure the District has thought about all your questions and concerns BEFORE we return to school (either online or in person) in August.

NEA has answers to questions too

NEA’s Office of General Counsel and Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy teams hosted a webinar today and it sold out (more than 20,000 educators attended today!). A second date has been added for next Friday July 17th.

Educators can RSVP for the webinar at https://bit.ly/NEASafelyReturningWebinar

As this town hall is for JCEA members only, you MUST RSVP to receive the zoom information HERE.  Share with your fellow JCEA members by using this quick and easy link: https://bit.ly/JCEA_Townhall_July_16

We need a fair tax system in Colorado NOW!

Initiative 271 could get us closer to that goal, but WE NEED YOUR HELP to get it on the ballot!

Fair Tax Colorado (https://fairtaxcolorado.org) needs THOUSANDS of signatures on petitions in order to meet the threshold to get Initiative 271 on the ballot.

This is no easy task given the COVID crisis, but we can do this!

When has Jeffco ever given up because something was hard?!

Please swing by our COVID-safe Drive-Thru Petition Signing event. It’s quick, it’s safe, and it’s for SCHOOL FUNDING!

When: Friday, July 17th @ 1:00 pm -5:00 pm AND Saturday, July 18th @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: JCEA – 1447 Nelson St. Lakewood (behind the Advanced Auto building)

What: SAFELY gather signatures for 271 AND return and notarize your petition packet!

The fight for school funding is ours to fight.

Good-bye to Dr. Glass

As was announced today, Superintendent Jason Glass is leaving Jeffco for his home state of Kentucky. JCEA has issued an official statement and wishes Dr. Glass and his family the best in his next chapter.

For immediate release:

July 10, 2020

Statement from Brooke Williams, art teacher and President of the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) on the departure of Dr. Glass:

“The members of JCEA extend our best wishes to Dr. Glass and his family as they return to their home state of Kentucky and as he begins this new chapter in his career as the next Commissioner of Education.

“Dr. Glass arrived in our district after a very turbulent time. We appreciate his leadership returning our District to more stable ground. His vision for public education in Jefferson County has been well received by both Jeffco employees and the community and he leaves the District well situated to continue moving forward.

“We expect that the Jefferson County School Board will value the voice and vision of our educators and involve JCEA and all of our JPS associations in the process of selecting our next Superintendent. We look forward to working in collaboration with them on this journey.

“JCEA also recognizes that this leadership change is happening in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis. We expect that the health and safety of our students, educators, and community will be central to all decisions moving forward.