February 24, 2021
The Seattle Education Association is the voice for educators and our students, standing united to address the needs of our community during this pandemic and to transform our district into an anti-racist school system where every student thrives.
ACT NOW!
Our SEA bargaining team continues to advocate and bargain on behalf of members with a focus on health and safety, and racial equity.
 
1. Read the side-by-side comparison of SEA and SPS's proposals regarding Health & Safety, Accommodations, Leaves, and Benefits, and Cohorting. Please discuss and share the side-by-side comparisons with your colleagues and families from your school and beyond. Feel free to post links on your social media. Send your questions and comments to SEAbargainingteam@washingtonea.org.
 
2. Show up in force to Upcoming Engagement Opportunities listed at the end of this email. Show up #SEAStrong!
 
3. Post this video to your social media account with the hashtag #SEAStrong and message: We are all one school community - educators, administrators, families, and students – trying to survive and working to address multiple pandemics. 
4. Follow up this action by searching Facebook and Twitter for the hashtag #SEAStrong to like, share/retweet, and comment on your colleagues’ messages and photos. If you do not have a social media account, please forward this email to your friends and family who do.
Survey Results
 
Thank you to the 2,892 members who took the SEA Follow-Up Survey to Inform Bargaining! It was a good representation from across our departments and across all schools and programs. There were 470 paras, 120 SAEOPs, 109 substitutes, and 2,193 certificated members who responded.
 
Getting back to being in-person with students is important, here is what our membership said was necessary to get there.
 
  • 9% of total respondents are ready and want to return to in-person instruction regardless of vaccinations as long as there are easily enforceable, clearly communicated health and safety protocols. This is an increase from the first survey in which only 5% were ready.
 
  • Another 17% are ready to return to in-person instruction as soon as all educators have had the option to be fully vaccinated (two doses complete), 8% are ready as soon as all educators and their families have had the option to be fully vaccinated.
 
  • 30% are ready to return to in-person instruction as soon as all educators have had the option to be fully vaccinated and equity issues and workload are addressed.
 
  • 35% of the members do not believe a return to in-person instruction should be considered this spring regardless of vaccinations and other issues. The benefits of returning to in-person do not outweigh the costs (e.g. disruption to learning, unknown health risks). This has not changed since our first survey.
 
It is important to remember, given how rapidly information is changing during this pandemic, this is a snapshot of what members were thinking at the time of the survey (Feb. 9-21).
Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Join us to hear bargaining updates and to provide feedback to inform the bargaining team’s work. All members are welcome!
 
Please plan to attend one of the following listening sessions this week.
 
Friday, February 26, 5:00-6:00pm. Register in advance for this meeting:
 
Saturday, February 27, 1:00-2:00pm. Register in advance for this meeting:
 
Additionally…

Thursday, February 25, 4:00-5:30pm. Be our ears and join the special Seattle Public Schools School Board work session during which the school board will discuss next steps and planning for fall. The meeting will be broadcast on television or can be viewed on the SPS TV YouTube channel. To listen by phone, dial 206-800-4125 and use Conference ID 931 417 102#. 
How to Stay Connected:
The 2019-2022 Contracts are posted on the SEA Website!