We said it's time to shut the NYC school buildings down yesterday while COVID-19 is on the rise. Waiting for the almost inevitable 7 day average positivity rate to be 3% before closing buildings could very well needlessly cost lives. We are in the second wave of this pandemic. Contrary to the NY Times, COVID-19 is spreading in 3/4 empty NYC schools. This is from the NYC government on COVID-19 in NYC schools.
Red dots represent schools closed due to multipleCOVID-19 cases in those school buildings.
For those who prefer raw numbers to dots:
The UFT position is for teachers keep windows open for ventilation and to bundle up as the temperature falls. From Michael Mulgrew:
Bring in fresh air: How wide or how many windows should be open will differ with each room design and the comfort level of the occupants. In general, if your classroom or office has operable windows, keep the windows and doors open. All windows do not necessarily have to be wide open, especially when it is raining, snowing or extremely cold outside. Windows should be open as wide as is comfortable for the occupants. Also, dress in layers and bring additional warm clothes for yourself. Be sure to also remind students (and the parents of younger students) about the importance of dressing warmly for school.
Here is some advice for teachers from Teegan Burke on Twitter:
We need a real union and we also need members willing to put the pressure on the mayor to close school buildings before more students and staff become ill. I will say it yet again that my advice is to stay home if you don't think it is safe. Don't worry about your CAR. We'll figure out later about getting days back.
Reality Based Educator gets the last word: