Thank you to our negotiating team (Patty Peinado, Tanya Guiremand, Rich Guiremand, and Aaron Nesper) for all their hard work over the past few months. And a special thank you to Andrew Oman for his ongoing support.

After numerous meetings and conversations, we now have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the reopening of school. The MOU can be found here.

As you read through the document, which I recommend, please keep in mind that the MOU includes items for working during Distance Learning as well as working in a Hybrid model in the future. Consequently, items in the MOU that don’t pertain to our current Distance Learning situations will pertain to a possible Hybrid model in the future. Also, keep in mind that if conditions should change in the future, both parties may agree to meet and negotiate potential changes.


Some of the main points in my last email have already passed so no reason to mention them again.

Here are some new points and some repeats that are worth mentioning:

1) We will be paid our daily rate for the extra three professional development days we worked this week.

2) Students will start school on August 17.

3) The bell schedule we will use is attached to the MOU and can also be found on our SMJUHSDFA website here.

4) With the exception of those asking for accommodations through the Interactive Process, we will work from our school sites for one more week. Starting on August 24, each week, we will work from our school sites on Monday and one other day of our choice. The other three days we can choose to work from school or home. As a reminder, if you have asked for an accommodation from Kevin Platt, and you have not yet completed the process, you may work from home until the process is completed. Additionally, for safety reasons, we may be asked by our site Administration what days we will be working on campus.

5) Don’t forget to complete the five trainings required by the District. Visit

6) A new 2020-2021 School Calendar including January 11, May 28, and June 11 has yet to be developed.

7) All evaluations will continue per our current Collective Bargaining Agreement with the following exception: If a permanent unit member receives a “needs improvement” or “unsatisfactory” evaluation during the 2020-21 school year, he or she will be re-evaluated in the 2021-22 school year. The 2021-22 evaluation will replace the 2020-21 evaluation and the replaced 2020-21 evaluation shall have no further consequences.

8) Many items in the MOU address Face Coverings, Physical Distancing, and Workplace Cleanliness. Please read item #6 of the MOU if you want specific information on Safety Conditions.

9) We will all utilize Canvas as our learning platform.


Additional documents that may prove to be useful now and in the coming months include:

Classroom Attendance FAQ

SMJUHSD Instructional Guidelines and Expectations

SMJUHSD Reopening Plan Fall 2020

This information will continue to be posted on our SMJUHSDFA website for future reference.

Hope we all have a great school year,

Matt Provost