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Dear Colleagues,
Welcome Back!  Lots going on as we begin the 2017-18 school year!  Here is a brief PFT update. 
 
Staffing
Elementary: Class sizes remain the same as last year with a cap of 25 at TK, 26 in grades K-3, and 33 at grades 4 and 5. (Classes should only exceed the cap on a rare and exceptional basis and the affected teacher and PFT should be consulted).
Secondary: Secondary schedules are always in a state of flux for the first two weeks of school as sites work to balance classes and adjust to changes in enrollment.  The PFT/PUSD Joint Staffing Team reviews pivot tables (class sizes by teacher, content, and school) to identify areas of concern and/or questions.  If you have a specific concern please contact the PFT so we can follow up. 
 
Labor-Management Collaboration
: Our new Superintendent, Dr. Kim-Phelps, has an interest in continuing our tradition of labor-management collaboration and Interest Based Problem Solving.   This is good news! 
 
Tech Reminders
Public Records Requests:Every time you conduct district business in writing (on district device, personal device, district email, personal email, from home or from work) it may be subject to a public records request.  So just be your professional self. (See attachment for more details).
Social Media Tip:To avoid any potential Personnel related issues, PFT recommends you do not provide students and/or parents access to your personal social media sites.  We are working on specific recommendations that will keep teachers “in the know” about social media risks.
 
Teacher Professional Learning and Effectiveness System (TPLES)
This year marks our second year of full implementation of the TPLES, our growth-focused evaluation tool.  Look for more info soon about support opportunities available to you if you are notified you’re in the evaluation cycle this year.  We expect about 350 teachers to participate in 2017-18 and look forward to hearing their feedback on the process.
 
Epipen/CPR/Diastat: No changes this year.  (See attached info if desired).
 
Leadership Changes
We have a lot of new leadership at the district office and at the sites!  (See attached for details on changes at the district office).
 
Next Steps
Your next PFT update will have information on Health and Welfare negotiations, Flex Time, the PUSD budget, politics that may impact our profession, and more. 
Hope you had a great first day today!
Kelly
 
Kelly Logan
PFT President
11031 Via Frontera, Ste A
San Diego, CA  92127
(858) 674-2800 <tel:(858)%20674-2800>

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