Attention Members!

The OEA Day of Collaboration: Distance Education Webinar Series is an OEA member program that will focus on member to member collaboration and expertise as a capacity building strategy to strengthen OEA members’ ability to improve student success during this unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic.  This webinar series will address important distance education topics and provide an opportunity for OEA members across Ohio to share information, insights, resources and learn from each other. This series will take place on Mondays from 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, starting August 10, 2020.

Monday, August 10, 2020  –  Webinar Topic: Remote Learning Plans

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Registration Link: Zoom Registration – August 10 Distance Learning Plans

Description: This webinar will provide OEA members with an opportunity to understand the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Remote Learning Plan guidance for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Guest Speaker(s): 
Jennifer Stump, Policy Staff
Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Ohio Department of Education

Contact:
Demetrice Davis, OEA Education Policy and Practice Consultant
Email: davisdem@ohea.org

WELCOME to our new assistant superintendent

Mr. Baker joins our leadership team as a familiar face in the school district following his employment from 1993 – 2005 as teacher and administrator.

“This is truly a full-circle moment for me. It is an honor to serve the district in which not only did my teaching and administrative careers begin but also from which I received my K-12 education. I look forward to partnering with the Reynoldsburg learning community to continue the excellence that is Reynoldsburg City Schools,”  Mr. David Baker.

ENGAGE AND BE INFORMED WITH THE BOARD

There will be an emergency Reynoldsburg City School Board meeting on Thursday, July 30. https://www.reyn.org/protected/EventView.aspx?id=830032B22

A Message from Scott DiMauro, OEA President

Today, the OEA Board of Directors acted unanimously to adopt a position statement on safe and equitable reopening plans for schools and campus buildings for the 2020-2021 academic year. (Click here to view) Bottom line: Ohio’s schools and campuses should only reopen for in-person instruction when conditions are met that ensure the safety of students, educators, education support professionals, their families and communities.  We are calling on strict adherence across the state to public health standards based on CDC guidelines, including six-foot physical distancing and masks or face coverings for all staff, students and visitors.  Counties designated by the state as Level 4 (purple) or Level 3 (red) must open only for remote learning.

The Board took this position after considering feedback of members across the state.  In a poll just completed last week, 69% of our members told us they don’t think it will be safe to reopen schools.  As your union leaders and fellow members continue advocating at the local level, we are taking this step to support those organizing efforts to protect your health and safety and that of your students and loved ones.  Know that at all levels of our union, we have your back.

Our advocacy is strengthened by the incredible work each of you lead in your own locals every day.  We are also strengthened by our affiliation with a powerful national union, the NEA, which continues to offer invaluable support and guidance.  I encourage you to participate in tonight’s virtual town hall: “All Hands on Deck: Reopening Schools Safely and Equitably.” Click here to join.

Be Informed by Engaging With the Board of Education

The next board of education meeting is July 21at 6:30. It will be an in-person meeting, however it will be live streamed as well. REA strongly encourages you to watch or attend. The board agenda is released on Friday and can be accessed here https://www.reyn.org/Members.aspx . Look through and read the policies and plan to attend/watch the board meeting.