I have read numerous articles from Sue Edelman exposing what is going on in NYC public schools. This weekend there were three very interesting pieces that caught my attention.
The first was on a birthday party for an eighth-grade girl that could end up being a COVID-19 super spreader event.
An 8th grader held a birthday party with four classmates from her Bronx school before testing positive for COVID-19 — raising fears of a “super-spreader” event, The Post has learned.
The party, which took place inside a small apartment, featured a “cake fight” with girls smearing icing on each other’s faces, the kids told staffers at PS/MS 20 in Norwood.
“She blew out the candles,” one said. “They were not social distancing, and nobody was wearing masks.”
The birthday girl, 13, did not come to school on Monday because she felt ill.
On Wednesday morning, the mom told the school that her daughter had tested positive.
“She’s very sick,” with a fever, chills, chest pain, a sore throat and rashes, the insider said.
The school immediately sent the students in the same class to the isolation room to wait for parents to pick them up. The students were told to quarantine for 14 days.
But the girl’s seven teachers were not informed until the end of the day — after teaching all their other classes — because administrators could not find substitutes to cover for them immediately, insiders said.
Why would anyone be afraid to go on the record for this story? Later, there are quotes but they are just identified as staffers.
The Department of Education’s “Situation Room” — a multi-agency team that handles all reports of COVID-19-positive teachers and students — should have extended the quarantine to the four girls and their close contacts, staffers contend.
“At the end of the day, our safety is not a priority,” one said.
The administrators are willing to risk teachers' health but the teachers are still too scared of the administrators to call them out by name and use their own names. I'm glad they called Sue Edelman but anyone who I felt did not make my health a priority would not get off without me naming them and utilizing my own name.
Sue has two other pieces this weekend. One is on the no-fail grading policy that was leaked to her that I think most will oppose. The other is on DOE attendance which varies widely from school to school. It is amazing that 152 NYC schools reported perfect in-person attendance. Say what you will about Arthur Goldstein going over to Unity and we have criticized his lack of criticism for Mulgrew since his conversion, but Arthur will still speak out about DOE folly and he is not afraid to use his name.
From the Post:
Stunningly, 152 schools reported 100% in-person attendance.
At one of those schools, Francis Lewis HS in Queens, teacher Arthur Goldstein called the figure “ridiculous.”
Firstly, Francis Lewis gives its 4,500 students all-remote instruction. Students may come to school one or two days a week only for tutoring and other support services.
Secondly, Goldstein said, “No school ever has 100% attendance. Students get sick, students have other issues. Even before COVID, we never had 100% attendance. It’s impossible.”
Francis Lewis listed remote attendance at 94%.
Keep up the great reporting, Sue. If I was ever in charge of the UFT, I would ask Sue how much money she wants to be the editor of the NY Teacher. She's done their job better than them for years.