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03/18/21

Parent2Parent Conference

Dear Families, Educators and Community,

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You are invited to the 2021 virtual Boston Teachers Union Parent2Parent Conference, co- sponsored by  the Boston Education Justice Alliance, Boston SpedPAC, St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, Citywide Parent Council, Federation of Children with Special Needs, City Life/Vida Urbana, Citizens for Public Schools, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and the BPS Office of English Language Learners.  The theme this year is Learning, Parenting, Teaching: Strengthening Communities Together, and we have an exciting program planned for that day.

 The Conference will take place on Saturday, March 27th, from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.  There will be a morning plenary session where we co-create a big picture vision for education justice,  workshop sessions, a Community Resource Fair,  and more!

Interpretation will be provided to all who register.  

Please share the  flyers with your networks and register today!

01/19/21

1/10/2021_BPS & BTU Reopening Agreement

 Summary of BPS & BTU Reopening Agreement

As long as the Boston Public Health Commission says it is safe, many high needs students at all BPS schools will be invited to return to in person learning 4 days a week beginning February 1, 2021.

This update is the result of a new agreement between Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union. This new agreement says that as long as the Boston Public Health Commission says it is safe, no matter what the COVID positivity rates are, students that BPS has labelled as HIPP or “High Priority in Person” students will be offered the chance to return to in person school for four days per week beginning February 1.

The agreement also says that if the COVID positivity rate is below 5 percent, then Boston is required to provide certain COVID-19 protections to BTU staff members and students, including compliance with all CDC guidelines. If the COVID positivity rate is above 5 percent, BPS will provide BTU staff members and students with more intense COVID-19 protections such as air filtration systems, testing, and contact tracing.

Finally, the agreement says that if the COVID-19 positivity rate hits 10 percent, then BPS and the BTU will meet to renegotiate this school reopening agreement.

 

Here is a link to a  detailed description with links to the agreements and footnotes. Specific quotes from the agreement are included in the footnotes at the bottom of each page.

 Fully Executed Side Letter

The November Agreement

September 9, 2020 Reopening Agreement

09/21/20

BTU Community Forum on Safe Spaces

Dear Community Partners and Allies,

The BTU invites you to an online community forum this Thursday, September 24 from 5:30-7:00pm to provide the wider Boston community with information about results of safety walkthroughs of school buildings.

Please join us and prepare to share what concerns you have heard from your members/constituency/community about the conditions of school buildings. We will also discuss what our response should be as a community if buildings are deemed unsafe for students to return.

RSVP using this form and you will receive the Zoom link to participate. If members of your organization require interpretation please request it on the form by end of day tomorrow (Tues, Sept 22) so that arrangements can be made.

At this forum, Roxi will also give an update on the fight for providing services to high needs students.
Please reach out with any questions!
Thanks,

Ilene Carver

(she/her/hers)

BTU Organizer
617-680-1755