Dear Team DPS,
We are pleased to share that DPS leadership and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) have continued to build on our strong collaborative efforts and have reached an agreement on the COVID-19 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this school year. Thank you to everyone who supported these discussions and sharpened our focus on the needs of our educators and scholars.
We recommend reading the entire agreement, and below are a few highlights. There are also two new guidance documents incorporated into the MOU, the Temporary Remote Learning Guidance and ECE Guidance. These were developed in conjunction with these negotiations and will guide the way we continue to support our students during periods of temporary remote learning this year.
Collaboration with School Leadership Team on the following areas:
- Synchronous and asynchronous learning options for instances when student(s), staff, or an entire school must move to temporary remote learning.
- Collaborate with ECE teachers to determine alternative touch points to provide support for ECE students for instances when student(s), ECE class, or an entire school must move to temporary remote learning.
- Allocating time for SSPs and Special Education Teachers within their work week to complete compensatory and contingency planning and paperwork.
- Review substitute contingency plans monthly to assure equitable impact and implementation
- Determine whether school-level professional development can be delivered remotely during non-student contact days.
Special Education Teachers and SSPs: Spend non-teaching duty time on implementing IDEA and may not be required to provide general education class coverage during scheduled student services or their non-teaching duty time.
COVID-19 Testing: Asymptomatic educators who are in compliance with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment vaccine mandate may use their lunch period or self-directed planning time to get tested for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Decision-Tree Implementation: If there is a disagreement regarding implementation of COVID-19 protocols, then the Department of Nursing designee will consult with the building nurse and principal prior to making the final decision.
- SSPs and Special Education Teachers approved by a direct supervisor and/or principal to complete compensatory and contingency planning and paperwork beyond the work week will be paid at the individual educator’s hourly rate.
- A teacher directed to cover assignments for other teachers will be paid $35.00 per hour.
- Nurses who serve as the licensed medical professional leading the building’s COVID-19 response will be paid a $2,000 stipend prorated based on their FTE.
If you have questions about the agreement or how to implement it, please reach out to your Human Resources School Partner.
We are excited to continue strengthening our teamwork and collaboration, and we are grateful to every member of Team DPS for all of the work you’re doing to support our scholars and each other.
Dr. Alex Marrero,