Tears are flying along with their robes, students are ready to shoot off out for the life outside of high school. They want to say a last goodbye to the teachers, the students look around, but they’re nowhere in sight.
This year, teachers may refuse to work at graduation because it is not part of their contract. Castro Valley Teachers Association (CVTA) is concerned about being required to perform extra work for free.
CVHS administration wants teachers to work at the ceremony because they have always done so before, the duty is listed in the staff handbook, and it shows respect to students.
We at The Olympian recognize the importance of following the contract. Teachers would also like the district to pay more for benefits as health care costs are going up and the Bay Area in general. Actually, teachers and the district are negotiating a change that would increase health benefits and require teachers to work at graduation this year.
Even if the teachers do not attend, graduation will happen and it is unfair for the students who want to cherish their last formal day the best they can. Substitutes or parents may be able swap in, however they will not be able to replace the bonds they created as students and teachers.
The Olympian nevertheless believes it is reasonable for the teachers to not “work” at graduation. It is a way to pressure the district to provide more pay and benefits to those who shape the students’ future.