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Queens Parent Newsletter - October 2021

This is the October 2021 issue of the Queens parent newsletter.

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UFT, principals union warn of looming staffing shortages

The UFT and the principals union are sounding the alarm that the city has no plan to deal with the looming staffing shortage certain to be triggered by the vaccine mandate.

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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - September 2021

This is the September 2021 issue of the Staten Island parent newsletter.

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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - September 2021

This is the September 2021 issue of the Manhattan parent newsletter.

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Bronx Parent Newsletter - September 2021

This is the September 2021 issue of the Bronx parent newsletter.

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Queens Parent Newsletter - September 2021

This is the September 2021 issue of the Queens parent newsletter.

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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - September 2021

This is the September 2021 issue of the Brooklyn parent newsletter.

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Arbitrator rules in union’s favor on medical accommodations

An independent arbitrator has upheld the union's position and ruled that the city must offer work outside school buildings to immunocompromised members who — even vaccinated — are at high risk of contracting serious illness from a COVID-19 infection. The city was also forced to back off its original plans to offer no exemptions for those unable to take the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.

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$5.8B in student debt being erased for the disabled

More than 323,000 borrowers with significant or permanent disabilities will be relieved of a total of about $5.8 billion in student debt beginning in September, the U.S. Education Department announced.

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Door to door for safety

UFT members went door to door in August to speak with parents about their hopes and concerns about the full reopening of New York City schools for in-person instruction.