From BATS NY:
The NY Post reported on the London, England schools shutting down in person schooling:
British officials announced Friday that all schools serving younger children will shut for two weeks due to rising coronavirus infections and concerns over a new strain.
Education authorities had initially opted to reopen most primary schools after Christmas break while delaying class resumption for older kids.
But with COVID-19 rates surging and increasing worry over a more contagious new strain, critics protested the decision.
Officials were only going to shut a limited number of primary schools in certain parts of the country — including some but not all in London.
That position led to objections from some local school and municipal officials, and Friday’s reversal.
“The Government have finally seen sense and u-turned,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan posted in a tweet. “All primary schools across London will be treated the same. This is the right decision – and I want to thank education minister Nick Gibb for our constructive conversations over the past two days.”
There is growing pressure to close all in person schools in the UK from educator unions as the new strain of coronavirus spreads. This is from BBC:
The National Education Union (NEU), which is the UK's largest education union and has more than 450,000 members, said all primary and secondary schools should remain closed for a further two weeks after the school holiday.
It is advising members against working in school.
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) called for all schools to move to home learning for a "brief and determined period for most children", and said it would issue guidance to head teachers recommending they take no action against staff who refused to return to work if they felt unsafe.
We have been urging UFTers to avoid working in school buildings if they don't feel it is safe. Worry about the job consequences later. Your lives are more important than your sick bank days.
Where are the UFT, NYSUT, AFT leaders? Have any of you heard anything from them?
UFT Solidarity has a petition to turn schools remote in NYC. What we really need is a collective spine.