That is what MDUSD Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark told me when I asked him if, barring catastrophic events, students would at least be back in the fall. He is also completely committed to getting more of our students back on campus before this school year ends….but that is a bit more complicated. We talked about some of those challenges and how we can navigate them.
As an example of the challenges, right now the return of teachers to in-person instruction has to be negotiated as part of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that covers the rest of this school year. At the end of this school year, the need for a MOU will expire and the District and the teachers will revert back to the existing agreement. Essentially, teachers will be expected to fulfill their normal duties unless a new successor contract is in place.
One of the people on the other side of the negotiating table is Dan Reynolds- he works for California Teachers Association and is part of the MDEA bargaining team. Dan is a passionate advocate for teachers and for public education. He has kids in MDUSD and I know he wants them back in the classroom as well… but wants to make sure it is done safely.
If you’d like to listen to these conversations as a podcast (missing out on my super boring background and Dan’s amazing headset that might get TV channels over the air), you can get it here.