New York City has chose to delay plans to lay off 22,000 workers to plug a budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. That's meant to get a handle on whether people without symptoms might be in schools and potentially infectious.
The teachers union had said they would consider striking if health and safety measures were not in place.
"Our medical experts have stamped this plan, and we now can say that the New York City public school system has the most aggressive policies and greatest safeguards of any school system in America", said Mulgrew whose union represents 133,000 teachers and other education workers. At the Delegate Assembly today, school chapter Leaders and delegates were forced to vote just hours after the Mayor and President Mulgrew negotiated, without seeing the language of the resolution or their school's ventilation inspection reports, over a telephone assembly, and when, under this deal, UFT members will return to classrooms in-person September 8th.
Teachers and staff had already been slated to return to school buildings on September 8, with reopening set for two days later - but now they'll use the extra days to help prepare for students to come back safely.
But constituencies involved, including parents, had a raft of outstanding questions and concerns and asked for more time.
The US job market is gradually recovering from the pandemic lockdown shock
Statistics Canada says 246,000 jobs were added across the country in August, bringing the unemployment rate to 10.2 per cent. The economic recovery is also continuing across Ontario and across Canada.
Cuomo suggested New York City could deploy police officers to ensure compliance with safety guidelines such as mask-wearing and capacity limits.
The city's public schools are offering two main options to students and their families: "blended" learning, which includes time at schools and remote instruction, or 100% remote learning.
NY suffered the deadliest coronavirus spike in the US before getting the virus' spread in check in late spring, even as it climbed anew in many other parts of the country. Our agreement puts the health and safety of our 1.1 million students, teachers, and school staff above everything else. "But in the long term, if the mayor and governor get their way and enact some borrowing for New York City, this is going to keep taxes astronomically high throughout the next three, four, five and even 10 years".
Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.
As for information on free child care that will be made available to 100,000 students, including the application process, details will come "very shortly", de Blasio said Wednesday. Details on the plan will vary by school, but parental consent will be required for children to participate.