Daniel Alicea from Educators of NYC and others including me wrote some clear demands that the NYC Department of Education should meet before anyone returns to NYC schools. Schools need to be safe. This evening Daniel turned it into a change.org petition.
I urge everyone to sign it and spread the word. The UFT is saying basically nothing in public on what it would take for a safe return to schools even though teachers report to work in just four short weeks. President Michael Mulgrew declared that we reached herd immunity at the June Delegate Assembly and added that he hoped the virus would be done by the end of the summer. Since then, we have heard very little on a safe return for the fall from the UFT.
The UFT plan seems to be to pretend COVID has gone away and so to start the schools like it's 2019. The evidence does not support this view. AFT President Randi Weingarten called for a vaccine mandate for teachers. UFT: silence so far. Remember when 3% positivity meant close the schools in NYC. See below for the latest NYC positivity rate. At least the UFT had a plan in 2020 but now with Delta being a real danger for kids, particularly those not vaccinated, the UFT says teachers should do what they did last year but just upgrade it for more students. This won't work. Remember, children under 12 years of age are currently not eligible for vaccines. We need a union to fight for a safe reopening for UFTers and students of NYC now!
Please read and sign the petition below. Anti-vaxxers and COVID deniers, kindly find another site to spread misinformation.