The calendar for 2016-2017 school year was presented to the Board of Trustees on February 4, 2016. During the public comment portion of the meeting, the Board heard from parents and teachers. Based on the comments they heard, the Board has asked for further clarification regarding the process. The Board of Trustees hopes to receive that clarification from the bargaining teams and make a decision regarding the 2016-2017 calendar at the February 18, 2016 Board meeting.
As we learned at the last PTA Council meeting in January, the calendar is part of the collective bargaining discussions (negotiations) between SMETA and the District.
To maintain our position of neutrality and to ensure a timely meeting, we are sharing this information and not asking for statements from the District, Board of Trustees nor SMETA.
For our information, the process for calendars traditionally does not include input from parents. The input that was gathered from the community 2 years ago was related to creating a common calendar to address the issues raised by having two different calendars in a single district. The feedback that was received has been taken into consideration by the District and SMETA during their discussions regarding the school calendar.
The school calendar is negotiated in good faith between the School District and a subcommittee of the teachers’ union (SMETA) as part of collective bargaining. The calendar discussion includes more than just start dates, end dates and holidays. It also includes professional development days, staff work days (sans students), and whether or not a minimum day will be included and which day it will be, etc…
Once a calendar has been negotiated in good faith between the School District’s and SMETA’s bargaining teams, it is presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.
That brings us up to date. That being said, know that SMETA and the DO are not going back to square one. They have been asked to provide clarification to the Board of Trustees regarding their process.
To ensure compliance with the California State PTA policy of neutrality, PTA members cannot separately meet/discuss negotiations with either school district or employee association representatives. Any communications should therefore be directed to both SMETA and the District.
Contact information for SMETA can be found at http://www.smeta.org/contacts.html
Contact information for the San Mateo Foster City School District can be found at http://www.smfcsd.net/en/contact-us/directory.html