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MDUSD Bargaining Update: MDEA School Calendar negotiations
Posted 1/10/22

The Teachers’ Union rejects District’s proposal to add two Emergency Makeup days to 2022-23 and 2023-24 school year calendars, which could require the District to add days later if the state denies waivers in the event of school closures due to fires or other emergencies


On Friday, January 7, 2022, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) negotiation team met with the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA) negotiation team at MDEA’s request to negotiate the impact of adding two Emergency Makeup days to the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school year calendar. 


The District proposed to add these two Emergency Makeup days in response to the California Department of Education recommendation that says: “In locales where an emergency event will predictably force school closure for a day or more every year, the school should foresee the need to close and build in emergency days to their school calendar in order to compensate for the foreseeable loss of instructional time.” 


The District believes that including these two days in the school calendar provides flexibility and certainty to families in the event the District is required to close schools unexpectedly and later make up the instructional time our students lost due to the closure. Without these makeup days, if the District closes schools, the District has to apply to the California Department of Education for a waiver of the instructional minute requirement. Because the District receives funding based on the average daily attendance of students, the District has to seek a waiver to maintain funding for the day(s) that the District closed. If the waiver is not granted, the District could lose approximately $1.2 million in funding due to the closure.


MDEA maintained the position that since these make-up days are not required by the State, there is no need to add these additional emergency days to the calendar. The District was unable to reach an agreement with MDEA on adding these make-up days to the calendar.  This means that in the event of the need to temporarily close schools due to an emergency, the District will have to request a waiver and, if the waiver is not granted, work with our labor partners to add additional school and workdays to the calendar to ensure compliance with the instructional minute requirements.  


It was the District's desire to respect all MDUSD employees and the community to allow them the opportunity to plan and know their calendar as far in advance as possible. To that end, please see the draft 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 calendars at the links below. The School Board expects to consider and vote on these calendars on January 19th.


2022-2023 Calendar: Click Here 

2023-2024 Calendar: Click Here