Loudoun Education Association

Loudoun Education Association The Loudoun Education Association is an advocacy organization for quality public schools and public school employees where members work collaboratively and organize for action to reach the common goals of the Association.
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Virginia Education Association
05/11/2020

Virginia Education Association

Tune in today at 3pm for our #VEALive 'Monday Member Mailbag' segment! We're answering your questions including how and when will we get Virginia’s public schools open again? See you then! #VEAStrong #COVID19

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05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Loudoun County Public Schools
05/09/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. All School Board members and staff representatives will participate electronically from remote locations. The LCPS Administrative Building will be closed, and no opportunities for public participation will be available there.

The full meeting agenda is available on the LCPS website.
Live public comment will be accepted virtually and aired in real time during this meeting. Citizens who wish to make live public comment may register by visiting the Citizen Participation link on the School Board webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/226240). Online and telephone registration will open through 5 p.m. Monday (telephone registrations may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at 571-252-1030).

To participate in the May 12, 2020, School Board meeting, please register here (https://tinyurl.com/ycmldqke).

The board will consider three action items during the meeting: Income Replacement and COVID-19 Time Limited Emergency Pay; Individual Learning Devices for K-2 Students; and Possible Contingency Planning Policy. The agenda also contains eight information items. The information items include:

• FY21 Operating Budget Reconciliation;
• Exempt Employee Emergency Pay;
• School Board Policy 6210 Student Transportation - Annual Review of Walk Zones;
• Approval of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Business Partnership (SBP) Executive Council Membership for the 2020-2021 School Year;
• Information regarding Class Rank;
• Information on School Calendar and Possible Changes to Last Day of School;
• COVID-19 Update on LCPS Continued Response;
• Recommendations Regarding School Board Member Participation on the Equity Committee and Leadership Role as Chair of the Discipline Committee.

The Loudoun County School Board believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system, even while the COVID-19 crisis requires special arrangements to safely conduct business while implementing recommended preventative measures. The meeting will be available for public viewing through the live-stream telecast (https://tinyurl.com/v3jlht6) on LCPS.org, and live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

Virginia Education Association
05/07/2020

Virginia Education Association

We have a special #VEALive lined up for today to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. VEA's 2020 Award for Teaching Excellence Winner, Allen Watkins will be joining the show! See you at 3pm! #VEAStrong #ThankATeacher

05/06/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun County Public Schools Equity Committee will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 7. The meeting will be virtual, rather than in person, and available for viewing on the LCPS-TV webpage (https://tinyurl.com/v3jlht6) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Participants who wish to make public comment during the meeting should register online (https://tinyurl.com/yb4pdjny) before 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.

The agenda for the meeting includes an equity presentation by Dr. Paul Gorski, founder and lead equity specialist of the Equity Literacy Institute. Dr. Gorski is a 1990 Park View High School graduate and attended Guilford Elementary and Seneca Ridge Middle School.

Virginia Education Association
05/06/2020

Virginia Education Association

Earlier today, the VEA Elections and Campaign Practices Committee counted ballots mailed in by delegates to the 2020 VEA Delegate Assembly and announced the following results.

President: James Fedderman (Accomack) was elected President of the VEA and will serve a two-year term that begins August 1, 2020.

Vice President: Carol Bauer (York) was elected Vice President of the VEA and will serve a two-year term that begins August 1, 2020.

NEA Board of Directors: Kevin Hickerson (Fairfax) was elected to a vacant seat on the NEA Board of Directors.

Congratulations to the new VEA office-holders and to all candidates for their commitment and diligent campaigning! #VEAStrong

York Education Association
05/06/2020

York Education Association

7 Days of Collective Bargaining Truths: Day 6

Happy National Nurse's Day. Thank you for all you have and are doing!
05/06/2020

Happy National Nurse's Day. Thank you for all you have and are doing!

Virginia Education Association
05/05/2020

Virginia Education Association

Join state Superintendent James Lane, Secretary Atif Qarni, and Governor Ralph Northam to get the very latest on Virginia’s response to #COVID19 as it relates to public schools.

All current VEA members for whom we have a valid phone number, should have received a pre-call this afternoon with information about the event.

✳️ If you did not receive a pre-call today but want to participate in Wednesday’s Tele-Town Hall, we may have incorrect or dated contact information for you. You can contact VEA here: https://www.veanea.org/contact/ ✳️

York Education Association
05/05/2020

York Education Association

7 Days of Collective Bargaining Truths: Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory ove...
05/05/2020

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

NEA Today
05/04/2020

NEA Today

"Before coming to Virginia five years ago, I taught for one year in Pennsylvania. I immediately saw the differences between each state. It mainly had to do with collective bargaining: Virginia didn’t have it, Pennsylvania does.

I had more freedom as an educator in Pennsylvania because of collective bargaining and the advocacy work other teachers had done before me.

In Virginia, we had little planning time. I was getting maybe two of my planning periods per week. The pressure on testing is too high. The state’s standardized test dictated our goals. I felt it was harder to have a voice here than it had been previously.

I know how much of a difference the union had made in Pennsylvania, and so it was never a question for me of whether I needed to join the Virginia Education Association. Joining VEA was one of the first things I did when I got here.

During my third year of teaching, I participated in a program called Sparks, which helps new teachers learn about the union and how to get more involved. I learned some things and was really fired up to help advocate for my students, coworkers, and myself.

When I got back from that program, I started talking to people who I knew were on my local association board. This year, I'm president of the Culpeper County Education Association.

I have to thank the union for giving me a voice. I did not have it before I started getting more involved. Now, I feel more equipped to advocate for myself and for others.

Earlier this year, a group of us met with our legislators to talk about the need for collective bargaining. With the help of our union and our voices, collective bargaining is coming to Virginia. Being able to bargain collectively makes it a more personal, local experience whenever you're talking about contracts. We can speak to our members, see what the needs are, and advocate for those specific things. There are many concerns educators have that our central office and administrators aren't necessarily aware of and collective bargaining would give us all a seat at the table so we can hash those things out together."

— Maggie Gannon, 2nd Grade Teacher, Culpepper County, Virginia #NEAMemberMondays #ThankATeacher

We are stronger when we work together, and joining your local union is the best way to advocate for the children you will one day serve.

Visit our interest form and join our movement: http://neatoday.org/nea-member-interest-form/

York Education Association
05/04/2020

York Education Association

7 Days of Collective Bargaining Truths: Day 4

Loudoun County Public Schools
05/04/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, May 6. The meeting will be virtual rather than in person, and available for viewing on the LCPS TV webpage beginning at 6 p.m.

Participants who wish to make public comment during the meeting should register online (https://tinyurl.com/y7kwnh8l) before 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.

The agenda for the meeting includes reports and updates from the SEAC Chair, Parent Resource Services, School Board Liaison, Pupil Services and the Office of Special Education.

Virginia Education Association
05/04/2020

Virginia Education Association

We will be joined today by VEA Teaching and Learning Specialist Melinda Bright to discuss professional development and micro-credential opportunities for educators that are on the horizon. See you at 3pm! #VEAStrong

“A good teacher can inspire hope; ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry.“A teacher affec...
05/04/2020

“A good teacher can inspire hope; ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry.
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams.
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week From the LEA. Please click on this link for some great resources.

http://www.nea.org/grants/teacherday.html

York Education Association
05/03/2020

York Education Association

7 Days of Collective Bargaining Truths: Day 3

NEA Member Benefits - Member Appreciation Giveaway – May 1-29
05/03/2020
NEA Member Benefits - Member Appreciation Giveaway – May 1-29

NEA Member Benefits - Member Appreciation Giveaway – May 1-29

During these difficult times, we continue to work with our longtime partner, Bank of America, to give away $150 Target GiftCards™! Enter for your chance to win. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See rules for details.

York Education Association
05/02/2020

York Education Association

7 Days of Collective Bargaining Truths: Day 2

Loudoun County Public Schools
05/01/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. All School Board members and staff representatives will participate electronically from remote locations. The LCPS Administrative Building will be closed, and no opportunities for public participation will be available there.

The full meeting agenda (https://tinyurl.com/ycjqu9q6) is available on the LCPS website.

There is one action item on the agenda, Virtual School Board Meeting Schedule Considerations. The School Board also will have a closed session and one information item, an update on LCPS’ continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live public comment will be accepted virtually and aired in real time during this meeting. Citizens who wish to make live public comment may register by visiting the Citizen Participation link on the School Board webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/226240). Online and telephone registration will be open through 5 p.m. Monday (telephone registrations may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and Monday at 571-252-1030).

To participate in the May 5, 2020, School Board meeting, please register here (https://tinyurl.com/yak3erac).

The Loudoun County School Board believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system, even while the COVID-19 crisis requires special arrangements to safely conduct business while implementing recommended preventative measures. The meeting will be available for public viewing through the live-stream telecast on LCPS.org (https://tinyurl.com/v3jlht6), and live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

York Education Association
05/01/2020

York Education Association

7 Days of Collective Bargaining Truths

04/30/2020
Amherst Education Association

Amherst Education Association

Folks, here are some highlights from Sups Memo 150-20 (April 24, 2020) as shared by VEA Director, Government Relations and Research, Kathy Burcher . The Virginia BOE will meet on May 7 at 1pm to review the waivers. That is the final step in this process. No school division may formally finalize any action to the items below until the VA DOE has notified divisions across the state that the waivers are officially in place, but they will be making plans and our members should be engaged in the development of those plans ESPECAILLY CALENDAR!

For the 2020 Senior Cohort:
Waives the CPR and AED curriculum as a requirement for graduation.
Waives the completion of a virtual class as a requirement for graduation.

For Teacher Licensure:
Any person seeking a new or renewable license who is missing ONLY the hands-on CPR requirement shall have that requirement waived until January 1, 2021.
Any person with deficiencies to full licensure, including any professional assessments, will be granted, UPON REQUEST, a one-year, non-renewable license that will run July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021. There will be no application fee for this license. It will not be extended unless the COVID-19 crisis continues well into 2021. Information on the process to apply for this license is pending from the DOE.
Any current license holder who is unable to meet the requirements for renewal by June 30, 2020 , will have their license extended for one year following the DOE process (Not yet announced).

Accreditation:
2020-21 Accreditation (using this year’s data) will be waived. This is another of the many steps needed to waive SOL testing.
School Boards are relieved of their requirements on SOL testing and alternative assessments.
Kindergarten Readiness (Spring) and PALS (Spring) testing is waived.

Calendar:
Flexible start dates will be allowed for the 2020-21 SY for school divisions that want to add instructional days to recover lost instructions time (we need to watch this one).

Virginia Education Association
04/30/2020

Virginia Education Association

We've got a special episode of #VEALive lined up for tomorrow. VEA Senior Staff Attorney, Dena Rosenkrantz will be joining us to provide guidance on legal issues surrounding the #COVID19 pandemic. See you tomorrow at 3pm! #VEAStrong

Ian Serotkin, Loudoun County School Board Member, Blue Ridge District
04/29/2020

Ian Serotkin, Loudoun County School Board Member, Blue Ridge District

**4/28/20 School Board Meeting Notes**

✅ The only action item on the agenda was the final adoption of new English Language Arts textbooks, which passed unanimously. (These materials were on display in the central office and available for review online from February 26 through March 11, 2020. During the school closure, the materials were available online through April 14, 2020.)

✅ Additionally, Mr. Morse requested a suspension of the rules later in the evening to request the board adopt guidance regarding grading and awarding of credits during the COVID-19 closure, adopting the staff recommendations with some simplifying changes he proposed to a grading table in the appendix. The motion passed 7-2.

CONTINGENCY PLANNING & COVID-19 UPDATES

I presented to the board a contingency planning policy I had drafted. This would not put contingency plan as policy - you would not want to do that, as it would require board action whenever any aspect of a contingency plan changed, which could be quite frequent – especially in the context of an agile methodology for contingency plan development like Dr. Williams has presented last night. What this policy would do is to set some minimum requirements for what the contingency plan should contain, both in the types of disruption scenarios accounted for and the essential missions and functions that should be maintained during such disruptions. It would require LCPS’ contingency plans to be reviewed and tested on a periodic basis, and to make sure key personnel are trained on it. I’ve attached the draft policy to this post for community input; it will be discussed again and possibly adopted by the board during our 5/12 school board meeting.

Additionally, during my remarks last meeting, I mentioned that I would be drafting a charter for a task force or ad hoc committee to review contingency plans for the fall and provide recommendations. And, I have drafted such a charter. However, during some productive discussions with Dr. Williams over the course of the past week, he committed to suggesting some alternative formats for community engagement and feedback at our upcoming board meeting, which may be more flexible and dynamic than a formal committee would allow for, so I’m holding off until we have a chance to receive more information from Dr. Williams on this topic at our next meeting.

Aside from that, we received numerous updates from Dr. Williams and staff on the current status of contingency plan development for fall scenarios relating to COVID-19. We also received information regarding extending the current Income Replacement and COVID-19 Time Limited Emergency Pay programs past May 23rd through to the end of the fiscal year (6/30), which the board will vote on at our next meeting.

💵 FY21 BUDGET 💵

As previously noted, we have a total of a $73M shortfall in state and local funding, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which we will have to cut from the FY21 school budget in the coming weeks. While we MAY get additional money from either the state or county later on in the fiscal year, for the time being, we have to operate under the assumption that we won’t get ANY additional funds.

Dr. Williams presented his recommendations for $73M of cuts to the budget to the board last night. His recommendations, in broad terms, are to cut almost all of the non-growth enhancements, while saving a limited number of high-priority items such as additional support for Special Education, EL, and equity initiatives. The school board will have a work session on May 12th regarding the budget reconciliation and will adopt a revised FY21 budget on May 26th (which almost certainly will differ in some respects from the Superintendent's recommendations, as the school board makes changes).

OTHER NOTES

▶️ LCPS is planning to reduce the cost of all Virtual Loudoun Term 3 (Summer) courses to $375, in order to match the cost of Virtual Virginia. This change is expected to be effective for Term 3 in the summer of 2020, and for it to be a permanent reduction in cost.

▶️ There will be an online Parent Information Session regarding Temporary Distance Learning Plans (TDLPs) on April 30th from 5 PM – 6:30 PM. The registration/attendee link is: https://mylcps.webex.com/mylcps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e065784242b540ecab1f16b6bbdc0d7e5

▶️ SEAC will meet virtually on May 6th from 6 PM – 7:15 PM. The attendee registration link will be posted on the LCPS division calendar.

Address

19465 Deerfield Ave, Ste 206
Leesburg, VA
20176

General information

Here are your LEA Officers David Palanzi, LEA President Sandy Sullivan, Vice President, Third grade teacher at Legacy Elementary Melissa Muszynski, Secretary, Preschool teacher at Sully Elementary Tim Brown, Treasurer, Spanish teacher at Woodgrove HS

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 858-7700

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