I saw this earlier today:
Does NYC need a remote option for schooling for the fall?
UFT Solidarity put this out earlier:
We are collecting stories from educators about why they are concerned about returning to full time in person teaching and learning in September. We are hoping to look for patterns and commonalities to pursue legal action.
Please consider filling out this form regardless if you'd like to join the legal action or not (we will be crowd funding the litigation so litigants will be paying a very minimal retainer.)
UFT does not have too much credibility on the issue.
Remember, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said we reached "herd immunity" back at the June Delegate Assembly. From Arthur Goldstein's notes:
Herd immunity is a milestone, Thanks all on call.
From our notes of Mulgrew's report:
We have reached herd immunity.
Just like on many other topics, Mulgrew was wrong.
I am no scientist and don't pretend to be one but if kids under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated make up a large portion of the student population and this virus is once again raging out of control, particularly among the unvaccinated, shouldn't we at least be discussing a remote option for the fall right about now?
This is from North Jersey.com:
The delta variant has already fueled a summer surge of the virus, with new daily cases nearly tripling — from 13,747 to 39,719 on Sunday — over the last month in the United States, reversing weeks of decline. While that is small compared to winter’s peak of new cases, the continuing spread multiplies opportunities for new, perhaps more dangerous, variants to emerge. Another surge is predicted in the fall, when kids go back to school and activities move indoors.
This article also covers children:
COVID presents real risks for kids
While children generally develop milder cases of COVID-19 than adults and are rarely hospitalized for severe illness, the risks they face from the disease are real — exceeding those from other communicable diseases, such as flu, for which vaccines are already required.
As in adults, COVID can be more severe for kids with underlying conditions such as asthma, diabetes or obesity. Some children develop a potentially lethal inflammatory syndrome weeks after the infection, even if they didn’t initially have symptoms. They also are at risk for “long COVID,” which can affect thinking and stamina, among other consequences, for months.
Do you trust Bill de Blasio, Meisha Porter or Michael Mulgrew to keep young kids safe in crowded school buildings?
Even Republican leaders like Sean Hannity are urging people to get vaccinated now.