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AFT 1931 Members Step Up in the Midst of COVID-19 Crisis And Stand Ready to Help Rebuild California

Work had just started on the Fall 2020 schedule in the SDCCD when school secretaries were sent home because of the coronavirus. Faculty were busy making their way through their course materials when the call came to go into remote teaching mode. Our districts’ health services employees and counseling staffs had to figure out how best to serve students online. The libraries and tutoring centers committed to supporting students virtually in a matter of days. IT and Distance Education workers were ...

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