Sue Edelman has an article on NYC teachers being very concerned for their safety and the well being of students in buildings on Monday as the number of COVID-19 infections spikes in the city.
Some numbers from the piece:
Citywide, the positivity rate on a seven-day average rose to 9.39 percent on Saturday, Mayor de Blasio tweeted. He cited 3,648 new cases and 201 new hospitalizations. He did not mention the 32 new deaths.
This is the official UFT reaction:
A spokeswoman for the United Federation of Teachers did not ring any alarm bells.
“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,” a spokeswoman said.
The response to this on Twitter from our friend Reality Based Educator and Sarah Allen kind of sums it up well: anger and tears.
Please stay home if you don't think your school building is safe elementary and D75 personnel. We will figure out how to keep you out of trouble. Safety first.
Sign the UFT Solidarity petition to go all remote if you have not yet done so and spread the word.