Call to Action: #Closenycschools

#Closetheschools: A Plea from the UFT Solidarity Council and Membership

As per the Chancellor, if you feel sick, stay home.

UFT Solidarity urges members to please sign and share this petition to close NYC Schools and protect members in Central Offices: https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-close-all-nyc-schools-because-of-coronavirus-outbreak-and-taking-classes-online

    Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency across New York State and urged people in the private sector to stay off ‘crowded trains’ (when is #cuomosmta not crowded?) and telecommute if possible. To those of us who work in the Department of Education where school is still open, this brings up memories of the numerous times that New York City was covered in a foot or two or more of snow, a state of emergency declared, and NYC schools kept open and teachers required to make a perilous journey to work to instruct near empty classes and do coverages for colleagues who live far away and decided not to risk the journey.

    The DOE and the city’s slow piecemeal response has created more panic and confusion than it has solved. If anyone in a particular school tests positive for COVID-19, a shutdown for cleaning and assessment takes place for at least 24 hours. However, this seems too little too late considering that by the time a student or staff member tests positive they could have exposed many others. Lives and health are at stake and the United States is clearly woefully underprepared in terms of testing and facilities, so any step to lessen the spread now is urgent and necessary. It is time to #closetheschools for a couple weeks to stop the already frightening spread of the virus that is causing global panic.

UFT Solidarity urges members to please sign and share this petition to close NYC Schools and protect members in Central Offices: https://www.change.org/p/andrew-m-cuomo-close-all-nyc-schools-because-of-coronavirus-outbreak-and-taking-classes-online
** We also encourage members to email the Chancellor, UFT leadership, and Borough Reps. Please email us at Solidaritycaucus@gmail.com if you would like help in drafting a letter.

As per the Chancellor, if you feel sick, stay home.
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3 Comments

  1. Why can’t people learn from other’s mistakes like Italy’s! Let’s cut this down now not when it’s too late.

  2. We are having to choose between our lives and our livelihoods. Sports teams, parades and Uft meetings are cancelled but who cares about a Nyc public school teacher stuck in a room with 30 kids! How wrong! Schools are a Petri dish of germs. It was recommended that schools be drop off child care centers for parents in need and health centers instead, but the Mayor doesn’t care about teachers lives. We sadly don’t matter.

  3. Sadly they keep schools open to pretend they care about children eating, they’re still able to eat in the summer. We are a glorified babysitting service, and they get money for attendance. They don’t care about teachers, children nothing but the mighty dollar.
    Its makes absolutely nice sense the public schools are not closing

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