Principals Meet With Chancellor Regarding Preliminary Reopening Plans
The Chancellor has just met with principals to share preliminary guidance on the reopening of school buildings in the fall. We thank him and his team for addressing principals directly so that they can better lead their communities through this complicated and evolving rollout.
Today’s session assumes that New York City schools will need to operate with both in-person and remote instruction in order to properly comply with current CDC and state guidelines. The presentation focused on the protocols and procedures that all schools must put in place, and the DOE will provide the resources and training necessary to do so.
Please know that CSA has been collaborating regularly with the DOE and UFT to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our school communities, and we will continue to work closely over the summer to determine when and how school buildings can safely reopen. The DOE will release further preliminary guidance next week on how scheduling will be impacted by social distancing guidelines. The guidance on face coverings indicates that exceptions will be developmentally appropriate, and we will continue to push the DOE for more clarity on this matter.
We expect the DOE will be in regular communication with CBO-based ECE centers regarding how this guidance on reopening buildings may impact their operations. We will also be in regular communication with the DOE regarding the protocols and procedures necessary for offices to reopen to ensure that our non-school-based members are equally protected.
For your convenience, click here to find a pdf of the DOE slideshow presented to principals. On their timeline, the DOE indicates that it will soon launch its Reasonable Accommodation Application for school-based staff seeking to continue to work remotely. The Chancellor’s team has shared that there will also be a commensurate process for non-school-based staff, and they will roll out those procedures shortly. Parents can choose to not send their children to school buildings in the fall without needing a medical reason, and the DOE will send out information on that process in the coming weeks.
Principals will be processing this information in the coming days and will no doubt share with their school communities as soon as they are able. The UFT will also send a letter to their members summarizing the information.
We know that there are still many unanswered questions and concerns and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.