Thursday, November 01, 2012


I recently saw the post below on the UFT Facebook page and now finally it is on the DOE Web page.

From DOE
All school-based staff should report to work at 10 a.m. Friday, November 2. 

Information coming from the UFT and DOE is sporadic at best and often confusing.  I still have no idea why they want us at work Friday. It makes no sense. Anyone have an answer?

DOE has set up an appeals process for people to not lose a day in their sick bank if they can't make it to work Friday.  This is ridiculous as usual.

UFT Facebook
The DOE has just informed all school-based staff that they don't need to report to their schools until 10 a.m. tomorrow. There will still be no penalties for transit-related lateness. This new reporting time applies to ALL schools.

Latest Dennis Walcott Letter to us.

Dear Colleagues:

This afternoon (Thursday), Mayor Bloomberg made several announcements related to the City's response to Hurricane Sandy, outlined below. Please review these developments and continue to monitor the news,, @NYCMayorsOffice and @NYCSchools for the latest information about the City's response to the storm.

School Remains Closed to Students on Friday
Schools will remain closed and will reopen to students on Monday, November 5. Due to damage and power outages, some schools will remain closed on Monday. Additional guidance will be provided regarding enrollment of displaced students.

Weekend Activities at Schools Rescheduled
For detailed information click here.

School-Based Staff to Report to Schools on Friday
School-based staff should report to work on Friday to prepare for school opening on Monday. We are making accommodations for staff based at the buildings that we are unable to occupy due to damage or power outages. Later this evening we will send detailed information regarding where staff should report tomorrow. Additionally, this information will be made available on the DOE web site, Facebook, and twitter.

Central Office Staff: Administrative Offices Open on Friday
In accordance with city policy, if your office is open and you can safely report to work, please do so – but only if you can get in safely. This includes teachers assigned, Supervisors, Educational Administrators, managers and all other staff working in central and field offices.

Administrative buildings in zone A will remain closed with the exception of essential operations. Employees from administrative offices in zone A may be redeployed by supervisors to alternative work sites.

Additionally, the Tweed and 49-51 Chambers Street offices are currently closed due to power outages or damage. Below is a list of administrative office sites where displaced staff may report and have access to a networked computer. These sites will be able to accommodate all non-school based staff who are displaced.

Because of the lingering effects of the storm, continue to exercise caution and allow extra time for travel to work tomorrow morning. If mass transit services have not yet been restored in your neighborhood, and you have no other safe and feasible way to travel to work, then you should use your judgment and delay your arrival. There will be no penalties for transit-related lateness. If you cannot come to work, you should use annual leave, personal leave/CAR time or compensatory time to stay home.

Continue to use your judgment and ensure your safety first. Administrative offices will be open and staff can report to work or take leave. For those who have no applicable leave balance, leave may be advanced for this purpose. For hourly employees who are unable to come to work, offices should make every effort to schedule make up hours within this pay period if at all possible.

Questions about the policy should be directed to Lawrence Becker at or Joann Molter at

Difficulty Reporting to Work
To address the issue of staff who have difficulty reporting to work we have created an appeal process whereby you can provide us with the reason you were unable to report and ask that the day(s) not be deducted from your leave bank.  To access the appeals form, click here

If you have difficulty accessing this link please email or contact HR Connect at 718-935-4000.  Please note that by submitting such an appeal and showing confirmation to your timekeeper, no deductions will be made to your leave until your appeal is decided. Hourly employees should also use this same process to appeal to be credited with time. Please note that school-based staff were excused from Monday, October 20 through Thursday, November 1 so they do not need to submit an appeal for those days.

Please check the MTA web site at for the latest on mass transit service; also, please be sure to check and the Department of Education web site for any additional information. Please distribute this memo to other staff.

We will continue to update you. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Dennis M. Walcott

Weekend Activities at Schools Rescheduled
The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) scheduled for this Saturday, November 3, has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 17. Accommodations will be made for students with conflicts. 

High School interviews, assessments and auditions scheduled for November 3-4 are canceled and will be rescheduled. LaGuardia High School auditions scheduled for November 3-4 will be rescheduled for November 10-11.  Reminder: The SHSAT exam scheduled for Sunday, October 28, has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 18. Accommodations will be made for students with conflicts. 

The GED Examination that is scheduled for this weekend will be canceled. In addition, all Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE) classes for this Saturday are cancelled. Superintendents will be communicating with Principals in District 79/ Alternative Schools and Programs (ASP) and the OACE to update them on disruptions. Please visit our web site for additional information.

The SAT administration scheduled for this weekend (Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4), has been cancelled in the five boroughs of New York City.  A makeup date has been scheduled for New York City public schools on Saturday, November 17 for the November 3 test-takers, and Sunday, November 18 for those test-takers who were scheduled to test on Sunday, November 4.  Students can also go online and change their test date to a regularly scheduled December administration date.

For ongoing updates, check in with your school guidance counselor next week, or call 311.

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Anonymous said...

It's also up on the DoE website that teachers should report at 10 am When did you find out? This was only posted over an hour ago on the UFT FB page. You would think it would have been up much earlier. I wonder how many teachers and not aware of this change in time????

James Eterno said...

I don't think too many people are aware of it. This is crazy.

Anonymous said...

The DoE did the same thing during the transit strike. I did not find out til later in the evening.

This is so deliberate.

Anonymous said...

What's the purpose?

Zeno said...

Purpose? This is $ and only $. The DOE will pay our salary until Thurs. After that, they want us to take the hit or live life in the absurd lane.

Anonymous said...

City moves forward with opening schools in Sandy’s aftermath | GothamSchools

So - the UFT went along with the DOE's edict to report today. We had about 8-10 staff members out. the heat was on high wasting energy as were all the lights, computers etc. Those who get paid by check did not receive them. They were sitting downtown, Brooklyn. Someone could have delivered them on time. The employees were there...on time. The principal was out as was our IA AP - both had flood damage. Our AP who lives locally was in at 6 AM. All the staff that was out had some kind of damage as well as power loss. How sad that they will not be believed unless they file an appeal. The 10:00 start time was not known to most people - but neither were we notified until very late last night after most teachers are in bed. The schools had to report their numbers in to the DOE by 11 AM. However we were able to leave at ! PM today.

Anonymous said...

Some displaced teachers were forced to sit in a hot auditorium and watch some video. Now they are being told they will be day-to-day subs instead of being assigned to follow their class.

Also, SI high schools being used as shelters are reporting horrible and unsanitary conditions. Yet students are reporting back on Monday.

Funny how the blue-collar working sections and the minority sections of the city most devastated are being totally ignored by Bloomberg. Has he even visited them.

Something is truly wrong with Bloomberg. I heard he is having a radiator installed in his SUV while it sits idle at City Hall. He doesn't want to have to put his butt on a cold seat.

Anonymous said...

It was not until 12:54 am that I received the email from the DOE which said I did not have to report until 10:00 am. Where is the common sense? These are the same individuals who require us to check our DOE email everyday yet can't send something important like this earlier like 7 or 8 pm? These are also the same individuals who keep assigning data to everything we do yet would not be able to produce better results. This belated email about not reporting by 10 am should be brought up at the next delegate assembly meeting.

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