Saturday, January 02, 2021



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. 


Anonymous said...

Newburgh has been remote since november.

Anonymous said...

Teachers are dumb.

Anonymous said...

Kingston and Saugerties are fully remote.

Anonymous said...

NYC teachers might not be too brave but teachers elsewhere fight back.

Anonymous said...

Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
When Britain first, at heaven's command,
Arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter of the land,
And Guardian Angels sang this strain:
The nations not so blest as thee
Must, in their turn, to tyrants fall,
While thou shalt flourish great and free:
The dread and envy of them all.
Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful from each foreign stroke,
As the loud blast that tears the skies
Serves but to root thy native oak.
Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame;
All their attempts to bend thee down
Will but arouse thy generous flame,
But work their woe and thy renown.
To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine;
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles, thine.
The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coasts repair.
Blest isle! with matchless beauty crowned,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves

Loyalists and citizens of the British Empire, Let's close the schools!

Anonymous said...

With HS and MS buildings closed, Mulgrew and de Blasio think they have sufficiently divided the staff to keep elementary schools open through even the largest COVID surge without pushback. Well, I would stand with my colleagues and pushback. Would you?

Valencia Wilson said...

I stand to defend and support my fellow teachers.

Anonymous said...

This is major!

NYC has 50 cases per 100K.

⬆️ from 40 (12.19).

The CDC says we are now at a "higher risk of transmission in schools."

12.19 was just a "moderate risk".

Is anyone going to convince @NYCMayor to put schools on pause? @NYCHealthCommr?

Anonymous said...

Britannia waves the rules.

Anonymous said...

My students need to be in school. They are some of the poorest in the city and being home is like torture for some. If you can’t be there for your students when they need you most, find another job. Doctors and nurses have to work through it!

Anonymous said...

Cuomo doing a good job wasting the vaccine. If you wanted to make sure that rapidly expiring vaccines distributed in 10-dose vials end up in the trash, this is how you'd do it.

Prioritization is important, but let’s follow Israelis to avoid waste:

“centers have also been opening their doors to all comers at the end of each day in an effort to make sure vaccine units available for immediate use do not go to waste”

Anonymous said...

9:05: I'm sure many of your students are poor, but for many in the city you have to take that with a grain of salt. To me poor is like my mother and father were as children. They went to bed hungry and to school with holes in their shoes. Just because people are collecting welfare and are on food lines doesn't necessarily mean they have no money. I find many people on the food line with nice cell phones and I see them loading the food into nice cars. Also, they said this holiday season, consumer spending was up. I still question how badly are economy was affected by this pandemic.

Anonymous said...

905, fuck you. All we do is babysit anyway. No education is occurring. Kill somebody else, not me.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Give me a break 9:05. We are teachers, not doctors. Our job is important but not life or death like a doctors. We also get paid way less and are treated like shit. Wake the fuck up. Good point 10:01.

Anonymous said...

Happy, dues payers? Getting what you pay for?

UFT not concerned about surging covid infections: “Our experience so far has been that the actual infection rate in schools has been very small, including in hard-hit neighborhoods, but we will be monitoring results closely as in-school testing begins again Monday."

Anonymous said...

10:01 I’ve seen many “poor” kids take a school lunch and walk straight to the trash can and dump it. I’ve seen it over and over and over again. My grandparents were dirt poor too. Same as you described. They were immigrants to America. Taught themselves to read in English with the help of their children who were speaking English in a NYC public school. Broke the cycle of poverty by making sure their kids did well in school and succeeded in their new land of opportunity. These kids in my school don’t know what poverty is. Gimme gimme gimme is all they know. If education is important in the home, rich or poor, you will learn and be successful. The buck stops at mom and dad’s home not at this teacher’s desk. Excuses are ruining generation after generation. Teachers’ lives matter 9:05.

Anonymous said...

We will never close, time to stay homr.17% in Richmond hill!

Anonymous said...

Biden and Democrats rush to reopen schools in new year as COVID-19 death toll climbs

Anonymous said...

Exactly at my school out of the 50 who attended daily, only about 2 ever took the lunch and who knows if they actually ate it.