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New guidance on tele-therapy for speech teachers and OT/PTs

The UFT has been advocating on your behalf with the city Department of Education, the State Education Department and the state Department of Health to establish new protocols that recognize your professional expertise and need for discretion so you can tailor your services to each student’s particular needs and circumstances.We hope the guidance below that we hammered out with the DOE will address many of your concerns and questions.

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Thank you to Paraprofessionals

Today is National Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, so it is a perfect time to say thank you for all that you're doing to make remote learning possible for your students and their families. I know it's been a rocky transition under unprecedented circumstances, but you've stepped up to the plate in a big way. I'm so proud to be your UFT chapter leader.

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Guidance for school counselors from the ASCA on virtual counseling

Check out this guidance from the American School Counselor Association about virtual counseling.

Addressing concerns for your child care program

Child care providers should read this important information from the city Administration of Children’s Services (ACS), the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the city Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH).

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Access all DOE applications from an online portal

The DOE has created a unified online workspace that allows you to access all DOE applications from one website. You can only access the portal from outside the DOE network. No VPN is required.


UFT guidance for school counselors

I have been hearing many questions and concerns about the roles and responsibilities of school counselors as the school system moves to a model of remote learning and support during this public health crisis.

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Guidance on therapy via video conferencing

We all understand that speech teachers and occupational and physical therapists still have many unanswered questions regarding video conferencing with their students.

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Update on work procedures for supervisors of school security

I know these past few days have been anxiety-provoking and often frustrating for supervisors of school security. A lot of misinformation has been circulating and many legitimate questions did not have immediate answers as we faced the colossal task of making this transition in a couple of days. I want to thank you for your focus on the job at hand amid the uncertainty and fear.

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From special ed to documentary film

Retired special education teacher produces five documentaries about 34 veterans from his community in St. Augustine, Florida.

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Chapter member spotlight: Our physical therapist of the year

Every year, we ask you to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. We heard about some truly remarkable therapists, including Victor Barangan, who works in PS 229 in Queens.