GPS MOU for ratification

As per policy Iam posting the MOU for the usage of GPS in District vehicles. The mainly pertains to School buses and is a enhancement to the previously agreed to poicy regarding GPS.
Please check the link below for the document . This will be voted upon at the Chapter meeting on Monday June 8 at the ESC (PDA) at 5:15 pm.

2015-03-25 CSEA MOU GPS

Side Letter of Agreement Between
Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD)
California School Employees Association (CSEA) and it’s Chapter Placentia Yorba Linda #293
March 25, 2015

The intent of this letter is to clarify the capabilities of the GPS devices being installed in district buses as well as which of these capabilities will be utilized and by whom.
The physical hardware, produced and licensed by Geotab, consists of equipment to receive GPS satellite signals, monitor several operational functions of the bus, and send this information to a server where it is accessible by district personnel. The information gathered and forwarded by the Geotab devise consists of following:

A. GPS transceiver

-calculates the location, travel direction, speed and acceleration rate of the vehicle, then forwards this data to the Powercheck server.

B. Geotab Powercheck software:
-Monitors the engines performance through the OBDC loom and is capable of sending alerts when established criteria are exceeded.
-Is capable of recording events or sending alerts when established “rules” or parameters are exceeded (for example: Vehicle exceeds 55 mph for more than 30 consecutive seconds – speeding event)
-Auxiliary electrical inputs record when the following are activated:
• Right Turn
• Left Turn
• Red Lights
• Yellow Lights
• Reverse
• Front Door
• Brake
• Parking Brake

C. On-Screen software application:
-This is part of the existing VersaTrans Routing and Planning product that the district has utilized for routing since 2005. The On-Screen module is capable of measuring the variance between the scheduled and actual route traveled.
In order to enhance the safety of staff and students in an emergency, the GPS information (vehicle location) would be accessible by department managers, dispatchers, and driver trainers. In addition, the vehicle trip history would also be available to dispatchers, driver trainers, and managers in the event of a verifiable incident. Such an incident would include, but not be limited to, an accident, public complaint, or a service related complaint. In the event that GPS data/information is reviewed by a manager, the driver of the bus involved will be notified within two business days. No district employee will be alerted when established rules (such as speeding) are exceeded. However, in the event of an accident any relevant information may be accessed and/or reviewed.
Vehicle engine data (coolant temp., charging volts and amps, etc.) would be available to the Vehicle Maintenance Coordinator as needed. The system is capable of sending an alert when the bus engine starts to malfunction, such as overheating or charging voltage drops below a specific range, etc.
It is the intent of the district to make this data available to any bus driver upon request (related to their bus).
The data/information obtained from the GPS technology will not be used in the evaluation procedure for drivers, nor will it be used as the primary impetus leading to driver discipline.
The district acknowledges the need to test, verify for accuracy, and train staff in the operation of the GPS technology. During any of these events, drivers will be notified at least one business day in advance. When feasible, management will seek volunteers for these purposes.

Memorial Day – May 25, 2015

US Dept of VA

Memorial Day

THE MUFFLED drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground 5 Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.

Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O’Hara

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

Memorial Day History

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

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 Guidelines for Display of the Flag

CSEW Celebration Day Is Here!!!

CSEW_logo_2015_OL_01_12_15California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and named the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” (CSEW) to honor these contributions.

Classified school employees play crucial roles in education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education.



To celebrate Classified School Employees Week

Where?  District Office Board Room, 1301 E. Orangethorpecsea_streamers

When?  Thursday May 21, 7:30 – 5:00

Know Your Rights mini sessions:  9:00 & 3:30

Who?  ALL Classified employees

Why?  Because you’re AWESOME!

Breakfast:  7:30 – 10:30
Lunch:  11:00 – 3:30

We will have door prize drawings for:
Avalon Bagels to Burgers, Massage Envy, Sprouts, Craftsman Pizza, Stefano’s…..  and MORE!


Essential Work, Extraordinary Workers

Video: From Roses to Rose Buds
Video: From Roses to Rose Buds

James Petersen is the head custodian at Rose Avenue School. But he does more than empty trash and sweep classrooms. Jim teaches the children about gardening. Through his encouragement they learn responsibility and they learn how important it is to nurture their gardens.

Essential Work, Extraordinary Workers

Classified employees do the essential work that keeps our schools and community colleges up and running. These extraordinary workers keep our campuses safe, clean and efficient. Most importantly, they strive to improve the lives of our students every day.

From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. From the classroom to the playground, the school cafeteria to the college financial aid office – classified employees make a difference in the daily life of student.

Serving our schools and communities
Just as classified employees are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students at school, many are working to build better neighborhoods and communities as well. Whether they’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, classified employees serve their communities with the same pride that they serve our students and schools.

CSEA is proud to represent more than 215,000 classified employees in California public schools and community colleges. These dedicated employees perform a wide range of essential work, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more.



Since CSEA’s founding in 1927, members have strived to make their communities aware of classified employees’ contributions to public education.

Gov. Ronald Reagan first proclaimed Classified School Employee Week in 1969, stating that “The classified employee is proud of his status and the integral part he plays in the total field of education throughout the State of California.”

In 1984, CSEA members passed a resolution to establish an official recognition week, and a year later it was adopted as a state-sponsored resolution. Then, in 1986, Senate Bill 1552 (Campbell) permanently solidified Classified School Employee Week as an annual week of statewide recognition.

Bill sponsor William Campbell said, “I urge all citizens to work closely to take time out and to think about school days and recall the efforts of the bus drivers, secretaries, custodians and all the other classified staff they met and knew. As much as any other group of employees, the classified school staff is a valued and integral part of our public schools system and their work is vital to our children’s success.”

The ensuing recognition led to newspaper articles and resolutions by local school districts. There were picnics, award ceremonies and other events. Today, the tradition continues as schools up and down the state celebrate the third week in May as Classified School Employee Week.


Celebrate CSEW May 17—23, 2015


California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and named the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” (CSEW) to honor these contributions.

Classified school employees play crucial roles in education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “They have their official duties and they also have smiles for the students. Our classified people are part of the overall school team. There is mutual respect and support between the administrators and the workers on the front line who do the day-to-day work.”

Most school districts host events to honor their classified employees during CSEW. Many have picnics and barbecues while others recognize outstanding employees with certificates and awards. Administrators said that it’s also important for parents to recognize how much classified employees contribute to local schools.

“I let parents know that our classified staff is an integral part of our team and how the district and school sites cannot operate without them,” said Modesto City Schools Superintendent Pam Able.