Preschool Educators & Learning Specialists Unite for Safety
Welcome to so many of you who joined us for the first time today – we appreciate your honesty, passion and advocacy. Today was a great start to what will likely be a quick moving effort. As many of you mentioned when we were together the issues and concerns are pressing and solutions are needed sooner rather than later.
The reality is, there is great power in people working together towards a common goal – together we can push for things we could never accomplish alone. We have pulled together some quick action items listed below and a core group of folks is working on two possible petitions – one for pre-k and one for SPED educators.
Please keep an eye on your emails – if you would like to join this core group please contact Chesca (720) 454 – 6066
A brief summary of the meeting today:
Over 65 Preschool Educators and Learning Specialists from across the district came together to discuss district management’s decision to stay in-person while the rest of the district moves to remote learning and COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our state and county. Of the 65 educators on the call today, 79% agree that remote learning for all students and educators is the right move to make given our current circumstances. We also know remote learning isn’t the ideal option for many students but, as professional educators, we are going to strive to create the best academic environment possible while also valuing safety as a top priority in our schools! We’ve learned there is conflicting, and frankly outdated, data being given by district management, to specific district departments and onto our building administration causing a lack of transparency and therefore clarity amongst staff and parents. With so many lives on the line, we realize this is not acceptable and we are working together to push our district leadership to LEAD in a safe, respectful and transparent manner!
Help Build This Movement
Together you are dedicated educators standing up for not only your own health and safety, but also the health and safety of our students and families. No one knows better what you and your students need than YOU.
Action Items >>>
If you haven’t yet, take the Preschool, SSN and Nurse Safety Survey **ASAP**
- Share this survey with all of your colleagues – their voices matter too!
- Contact your Colleagues, Building Leadership and Parents About Their Opinions, Concerns and Possible Solutions – ask them to join us. Start your list.
- Text, call and email anyone you know about their concerns around in-person learning for Preschool and SPED departments – let them know we are working together to make a plan of action to define what we need and go together to district decision makers. Ask them to join us.
- Be on the look out for a petition draft ASAP.
- Sign up to attend and invite your colleagues to join us for the next meeting
Next meeting: Take 60 seconds to let us know which day and time works best for you next week. Share this invite with your colleagues: https://forms.gle/mcmq2JVstQXXzNoT6
Ready to share your story NOW?
While we work on draft petition language and help build out an escalation plan we encourage you to share your questions, concerns and solutions with district leadership. If you want support we are happy to help you draft something. If you aren’t quite there yet – keep an eye out for more collective action opportunities coming soon!
Board of Education- School Board Members
- Susan Harmon – Susan.Harmon@jeffco.k12.co.us
- Stephanie Schooley – Stephanie.Schooley@jeffco.k12.co.us
- Brad Rupert – Charles.Rupert@jeffco.k12.co.us
- Susan Miller – Susan.Miller@jeffco.k12.co.us
Jeffco Public Schools Cabinet
Kristopher Shuh, Interim Superintendent – email@example.com
Marcia Anker, Interim Deputy Superintendent – Marcia.Anker@jeffco.k12.co.us
Dan Cohan, Interim Chief of schools – Secondary – Daniel.Cohan@jeffco.k12.co.us
Rene Nicothodes, Chief of schools – Primary – Renee.Nicothodes@jeffco.k12.co.us
Susan Leach, Chief student success officer – Susan.Leach@jeffco.k12.co.us