Hayward Unified School District: Stop the Rush to Close Our Schools!

Hayward Unified School District: Stop the Rush to Close Our Schools!

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Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) management has decided that it wants to close as many as eight schools at the end of this school year--without a concrete plan for how to ensure continuity of services and programs for the students currently enrolled in those schools, job security for the staff and educators currently working in those schools, or mitigate overcrowding or strain on programs and services at the other schools those students would be sent to in the event of a closure.

Simply shuttering schools as a kneejerk reaction to declining enrollment and budget concerns is ill-conceived and may have ...

Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) management has decided that it wants to close as many as eight schools at the end of this school year--without a concrete plan for how to ensure continuity of services and programs for the students currently enrolled in those schools, job security for the staff and educators currently working in those schools, or mitigate overcrowding or strain on programs and services at the other schools those students would be sent to in the event of a closure.

Simply shuttering schools as a kneejerk reaction to declining enrollment and budget concerns is ill-conceived and may have many unintended harmful consequences. This ignores the opportunities HUSD has from new funding streams for pre-K/T-K and community schools to improve schools while working on creative ways to boost enrollment in the long term.

 

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SEIU 1021, Hayward Education Association, and Association of Educational Office and Technical Employees Petition to HUSD

Please join SEIU Local 1021 classified staff, Hayward Education Association (HEA) educators, and Association of Educational Office and Technical Employees (AEOTE) education support professionals in signing this petition to HUSD management and Board of Education.

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After the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students’ and communities’ past two years, the school closures that HUSD management is proposing promise nothing but further disruption and upheaval. 

HUSD staff, educators, and families ask to partner with the District to find collaborative solutions to enrollment and budget issues that above all protect our students’ educational and social needs.

We call upon the HUSD Board of Education to reject HUSD management’s poorly thought-out “plan” to close schools, and immediately begin working with HUSD staff, educators and families on a plan that centers students and includes:

  • Maximizing opportunities to improve HUSD schools and build out enrollment with new funding for pre-K/T-K and community schools that has already been approved by the state.

  • Exploring ways to increase enrollment, including through marketing and offering specialized programming.

  • In the event that school closures are found to be unavoidable, working with HUSD staff and educators through their respective labor organizations to ensure continuity of programs and services for displaced students and families, mitigate negative impacts on the schools these students will be sent to, and prevent layoffs.

  • Additionally, in the event of school, the community and labor groups must be part of any long-term decisions regarding the use of vacant properties. The Board must ensure that these properties are not used for charter schools or sold for one-time cash infusions.