“Zoom was not a great way to teach, and I think for kids it wasn’t a great way to learn,” Egli ha detto.
“I think a lot of teachers, whether they’ve been working a long time, as I have, or were brand-new, maybe feel like they worked harder to do online schooling than they’ve ever worked before,” Egli ha detto. “And that’s not suggesting we want it easier this year. To come back in, there will be lots of things that are hard, lots of new stuff to do.”
Vaccine mandated for teachers
New York students eligible for Covid-19 vaccination
(meaning those who are
12 e più vecchi) are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated
, but there is no blanket mandate for students like the one announced in the Los Angeles Unified School District
la settimana scorsa. Eligible New York students who are participating in sports and extracurricular activities deemed “alto rischio” are required to be vaccinated
Ancora, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week in a news conference that 65% of students between the ages of 12 e 17 have gotten at least one dose.
C'è, tuttavia, a vaccine mandate for New York City Department of Education employees, who are required to have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by a September 27 Scadenza.
Di venerdì, Porter told CNN that 74% of teachers have had at least one shot, and she’s confident all staff members will have gotten at least a single dose by the deadline.
“This is a moment where we’re talking about the public safety of the entire community,” lei disse. “So I am the biggest cheerleader: Let’s get folks vaccinated.”
The United Federation of Teachers said Friday that New York City teachers who refuse to get vaccinated and have documented medical or religious exemptions must be offered non-classroom assignments
, citing a decision by an independent arbitrator
Others who are hesitant must be offered unpaid leave that maintains their health coverage or be given a severance package, the teachers union said in a statement. The unpaid leave would last until September 2022. If the teacher did not get vaccinated and return to their job by that time, it would be assumed they had resigned.
Keeping students safe
The district has a number of other mitigation measures in addition to vaccinations
, including mandatory face coverings for students and staff regardless of their vaccination status
. Students will also be asked to maintain a physical distance of
3 feet when possible
For students who aren’t yet vaccinated, inoculations will be available at numerous school sites throughout the city.
Air purifiers will be present in every classroom, Porter said, and every school will have on hand a 30-day supply of personal protective equipment, including masks. But regular Covid-19 testing is another key pillar of the district’s strategy.
“We’re testing our students, 10% of our population, every two weeks,” Porter said, noting that’s 10% of the student population who consents to being tested. With both regular testing and faculty’s required vaccinations, Porter said she feels that will “really continue to build that level of protection around our students who are not eligible to be vaccinated.”
Infections are an inevitability, and in those cases the district is ready with a plan for quarantines and — if necessitated by widespread infections — chiusure scolastiche.
How quarantines are handled depends on exposure and whether exposed students are vaccinated: If there’s a positive case in an elementary classroom, those students — who are largely ineligible for vaccination — will be quarantined for 10 giorni, during which time they’ll receive remote instruction.
For middle and high schoolers, students who are at least 12, vaccinated and not showing symptoms can keep attending school in-person, but they’re encouraged to get tested several days after exposure. Those who are vaccinated and show symptoms will quarantine for 10 giorni.
Those who aren’t vaccinated will be told to quarantine for 10 days after exposure. On the fifth day, they can take a Covid-19 test and return on the seventh day if the result is negative.
But no matter what happens, learning will not be interrupted, Porter said: While remote learning is not an option at the outset of the new school year, it is a tool the district is willing to use.
She pointed to Superstorm Sandy
, and how it forced days of school closures in New York in
“Now we have a tool that allows us to be sure that our students can continue remote learning,” lei disse. “And we’re going to continue to leverage that in our system.”