Cal Poly Pomona Faculty for Covid Relief

CFA-Cal Poly Pomona Parents and Caregivers Petition

To the Cal Poly Pomona Community: we invite you to add your name to the petition below.

As you know, school-age children throughout the U.S. are dealing with the social isolation and insecurity that characterizes distance learning. The academic toll is also grave: a December McKinsey report stated that the average American student will lose 5–9 months of education – an entire school year – due to the inadequacies of distance learning. These challenges are compounded for students from working families and underserved communities.

In Fall 2020, the CSU system distinguished itself as a leader in responding to this emergency by offering leaves or partial leaves to faculty parents and caregivers. Faculty in the UC system were offered similar accommodations. In November, UC President Michael Drake extended those accommodations to faculty parents for the Spring 2021 term. On February 1, the employees of the Los Angeles Community Colleges received an extension of their leaves for the rest of the academic year. However, several weeks ago, incoming CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro decided that CSU faculty parents and caregivers would not be offered any accommodations or assistance this semester, implying that our children and dependents are not deserving of the same attention and care as children and dependents of UC or Los Angeles Community College faculty.

Although social distancing has bedeviled all of us, returning to the online classroom has placed a tremendous burden on faculty parents and caregivers, who have suffered a loss of public services we ordinarily rely on to do our jobs effectively. Even the most experienced instructors will find it difficult to keep one eye on their classes and the other on their children. Parents and caregivers also have very little time for research – a problem that has enormous repercussions for probationary faculty.

We acknowledge that parents and caregivers are not the only groups facing exceptional challenges right now. Faculty parents of children who are grown have managed with little, if any, institutional support for the past year. But in the absence of school and the quarantine-imposed reduction of social support from friends and affinity groups, it is up to parents to singlehandedly meet all of the needs of their children. CPP parents are obligated to do this while working full time, with no additional support.

We are asking CPP faculty to support our request that President Coley and the Chancellor’s Office provide course releases and expanded family and medical for faculty parents and caregivers. Will you support your colleagues by signing the letter?