I saw this piece from the UFT that they are publicizing on Twitter today:
Post pandemic, who are they trying to fool?
This is from the CDC's Weekly Review from September 17:
After experiencing a brief decline in COVID-19 cases, the United States is once again seeing an increase in cases in most of the country. This recent increase follows a previous summer surge that was fueled by the highly contagious Delta (B.1.617.2) variant and low vaccination coverage in many communities. COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against serious illness and death. High vaccination coverage is proven to reduce the spread of the virus. The less a virus spreads, the less opportunity there is for new variants to emerge.
Is a Delta surge going to bypass NY? I hope so and I pray that strong vaccine mandates combined with immunity from prior infection will keep our numbers low. That said, does anyone think that opening the schools at full capacity without a remote option and therefore crowding the kids in just might backfire?
Below is a picture of another packed high school hallway. This one is John Bowne HS in Queens.
Sue Edelman and Melissa Klein are all over the crowding too with an article in the NY Post.
The coronavirus pandemic might as well have been something out of a history book to look at the students jammed in halls and stairways at Forest Hills High School this week.
Photos provided to The Post showed students trying to negotiate the packed halls between classes, and sitting on top of one another in a cafeteria.
The UFT-DOE strategy looks like it is to pretend the pandemic is basically behind us. Their "next steps" are to give iReady and other useless tests to students that will do nothing to improve education.
I truly hope the UFT is right that we are rebounding from the pandemic but in my mind I still can't figure out the answer to this question:
How can students currently rebound from a pandemic we are still in the midst of?