Bayside High School is where I graduated from back in the Stone Age. It is comforting to know they currently have a principal who is willing to be honest with parents. I printed his entire March letter to the parents below. I hope you can read it as it was not that clear but here are just a few highlights.
It starts off with an attention grabber:
You made a good decision when you chose remote Learning for your child. Please stay with it.
No Department of Education or NYC Mayor's Office bullshit there, just straight to the point. He goes on to explain how the school never really closed as it went fully remote and he gives details of what is going on. On page 4, he hits all the right notes in his Q & A.
Q: Is Bayside aware of increased numbers of teenagers being diagnosed with Covid-19?
Q: Is Bayside aware of scientific articles citing effects of teenagers experiencing Covid-19 (heart, lungs, and kidneys) and possible later-in-life effects?
Q: If your daughter (meaning my daughter) was school age, would you send her to school for "blended"?
Q: Does Bayside have adequate resources & staff for a large influx of "Blended/In-Person students?
Q: Will a large influx of "Blended" students affect Bayside's remote learning, tutoring, etc.?
Q: Have there been confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections of Bayside staff or students?
A: Yes. Forty reported and confirmed resulting in three hospitalizations and one death. Our colleague is one of the almost 540,000 Americans and over 2,600,000 worldwide who have succumbed to this horrible plague.
The ICEUFTblog is left almost without words. Michael Athy receives a huge ICEUFTblog GLOW for his truthfulness in the letter and for not being afraid to put it in writing.
Compare Principal Athy to Michael Mulgrew talking about the reopening of NYC schools.
From our notes of the President's Report at yesterday's DA:
High schools: Great reopening Monday. Elementary schools open smooth as silk. D75 working. Middle schools moved ahead when they reopened on a cold day. High schools reopened. One school had balloons. We make sure kids are treated the way they should be. Thanks to everyone. Two reopenings for every division of this union. We made every educator who works in NYC proud. No dramas, no problems. Where there were issues, you dealt with them quickly.
No problems, everything is wonderful in the schools in the pandemic.
Wouldn't a little openness and honesty from our Union's President be refreshing?