Santa Rosa City Schools’ teachers: progress needed before return to campus

1 February 2021

As Santa Rosa City Schools officials push forward on plans to ready facilities and staff for a potential return to the classroom March 1, the vast majority of district teachers who took part in an internal poll have signaled they will not return under conditions as they stand currently.

District and union officials met Thursday to begin negotiating an update to an agreement inked last summer that set standards for how, and under what conditions, teachers, nurses, counselors and others will return to in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. While district officials have said they’ll be ready to reopen classrooms March 1, many of those standards have not yet been met, according to labor leaders.

The outcome of the negotiations — and the success or failure of efforts to reduce the rate of COVID infections in Sonoma County — are crucial pieces to returning the district’s nearly 15,700 students and 1,600 staff to campus.
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