Our friend DOENUTS put in a Freedom of Information request with the Department of Education for the COVID-19 statistics for the NYC schools. He received numbers for February and March. COVID-19 was all over the school system in February and early March when we were being told by the DOE and UFT to go into the school buildings. This list is not inclusive as it has been documented that COVID-19 was in Brooklyn Tech and Flushing High School. My guess is there were others that are not on the list below. The schools listed are the ones that followed the rules and filed a report in the Online Occurance Report System.
DOE's culture of secrecy and the UFT's major concern being the loss of dues, not protecting members, had deadly consequences since the DOE did not tell staff and students not to enter buildings and the UFT did not urge its members to leave. 75 school-based employees and 12 school safety agents lost their lives to COVID-19.
In my humble opinion, the main reason multiple tragedies did not repeat themselves in the fall is that many buildings were mostly empty as the vast majority of students and plenty of staff members never set foot in a school building and many other students went in a few times and never returned. To be fair, the reporting has improved in the fall but I still don't trust the DOE-UFT and neither should you. COVID-19 was in the generally empty schools in the fall and many buildings closed temporarily. The DOE is interested in appearances and the UFT showed when they were most needed that they are more worried about protecting their dues than your lives. We need a union against this kind of employer but not this leadership.
Nobody should have to go back now until there is a widely available effective vaccine and no community spread of COVID.
To read this list, the N08 Medical means that an Online Occurance Report System (OORS) was entered for a positive COVID-19 case.