Are Teacher Assistants allowed to be in Zoom breakout rooms without teachers?
The same rules apply as if you were on a physical campus. You can be alone in a breakout room but only for a short amount of time.  The teacher should be gone for no more than 10 minutes. Treat it as if the teacher had excused her/himself to use the restroom in an in-person classroom. If you are left alone for long period of time, you should report it to your supervisor or administrator. If the issue is not resolved, please submit an inquiry form to SEIU Local 99 at

Does this also apply to Special Education Assistants in Zoom breakout rooms?
Ideally, there should be more than one person in the breakout room, but one assistant is allowed.  The teacher should be checking-in every 10-15 minutes.

Who is eligible for the additional hero pay?
All SEIU Local 99 members who are required to report to a physical worksite will receive additional pay of $3.50 per hour. This includes everyone at grab-and-go sites, COVID-19 testing centers, school sites, warehouses and other locations where you must be present to perform your work.
Please note that the $5.00 per hour additional pay that was being paid in the spring ended on June 30, 2020. LAUSD did not want to offer any continued hero pay. Our member-led bargaining team pushed hard and secured the additional $3.50/hour for as long as distance learning continues as well as a provision taht there will be no layoffs or furlough days.

What if I don’t feel safe at a worksite?
If you do not have proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or safe social distancing is not being practiced or you are asked to work in any other situation where you do not feel safe, report it to your supervisor. Let them know that you cannot work in an unsafe environment and go home. Report it immediately to SEIU Local 99 by completing an online inquiry form. You must not lose pay or suffer any other consequences for refusing to work in an unsafe environment.

What if I have a pre-existing condition and I am required to report to a physical worksite?
Our agreement with LAUSD states: “Employees with documented chronic health conditions as per COVID-19 public health guidelines, may request alternative shifts with minimal interaction with other employees. These requests shall not be unreasonably denied.” Read the full language here.