United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

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Update on the fires and current situation in our communities

Dear UTR members,

 I wanted to give you some updates about the Fires and situation in our communities. We have been in direct communication with district staff to find the safest outcome to this situation we are currently experiencing. Please be in touch with your site administrator for instructions or next steps. Some communities like San Pablo, Hercules, and Richmond are being affected more therefore some schools have been told to do different things. Superintendent Duffy and his staff as well as UTR leadership are currently visiting sites to monitor the situation. 

 These are some of the things we know:

-Depending on how bad the air quality is, some schools air vents have been shut off/down to make sure the smoke is not just being circulated.

-Smoke safety masks are currently being delivered to all the school sites. 

-Certain schools in the San Pablo and Hercules area might be going onto a shelter in place depending on how bad the situation gets today. Please listen to instructions by administration.

-If parents want to take kids home they are more than welcome to do so.

-If you have students or staff who are not feeling well please let your administrator know so that they may head home and a plan is created for those classrooms.

-If you suffer of a condition that might be affected by the smoke or you are currently pregnant please take any precautions necessary.

For any UTR staff being directly affected by the fires please look below at an email from President Heins for information on the CTA Disaster Relief Fund. We hope you are safe and please contact us for any support necessary. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

Dear Colleagues,

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the many students, fellow educators and families impacted by the wildfires raging in California. In the latest estimates, more than 1,500 structures have been completely or partially destroyed. Containment has not yet been reached.

With more than 80,000 acres burning across the state, scores of districts have closed schools, while some, like Sonoma Valley High School, will serve as shelters for evacuees displaced from their homes.

If you are a chapter president in one of these areas, please let our members know that help is available through CTA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Grants are available for homes and local schools, including temporary displacement and catastrophic damage grants. Download the application. View the brochure with more information. Read a message from California Casualty for policy holders impacted by the fires.

We also want to recognize and thank our union brothers and sisters of the California Professional Firefighters who are battling these wildfires. Your bravery on behalf of others is among the highest forms of service and we thank you for it.

Thank you everyone for everything you do, please keep safe, and make sure to stay hydrated.

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA