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Teachers attend a certification class

Certification during COVID-19

Due to the many disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Education Department has introduced measures to provide emergency certification and alternative testing options and has extended some deadlines for educators.

A man getting a COVID shot

COVID-related leaves, absences and quarantines

As UFT members continue to meet the many challenges of this school year, we’ve gathered additional answers to members’ most frequently asked questions about COVID-related absences, remote office hours and other important topics.

2021–22 School Reopening

2021–22 school reopening

As school buildings fully reopen in September, there are many questions about the health and safety protocols to keep school communities safe. The following Q&A answers some of UFT members’ most commonly asked questions.

UFT member getting blood pressure reading

FAQ about the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan

The MLC voted on and approved the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan, which means retirees will continue to benefit from premium-free coverage while maintaining access to all of the same providers and hospitals they currently use.

Voting in your chapter

Voting in your chapter elections

This spring, UFT members will elect union representatives at the school level and for functional chapters. We answer many common questions about how school chapter elections are run and how to cast your vote.


Teacher evaluation for the 2020-21 school year

A teacher evaluation plan has been approved for the 2020-21 school year to reflect the new landscape of education in New York City and to keep things fair for teachers.

Q&A on the UFT Vaccine

UFT vaccine program

We answer some of your most common questions about immunization and the UFT’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program for members.


Fulfilling your CTLE requirements

In 2016, the New York State Board of Regents adopted standards that require certain teachers and paraprofessionals to collect and track professional learning credits called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. The following Q&A will help you learn more about how to fulfill your CTLE requirements.

Student with facial shield and mask at computer

COVID-19 in-school testing

The city has agreed to more frequent and aggressive testing, which is now mandated and administered weekly. As you work to keep your school communities safe, we answer your most frequently asked questions about current COVID-19 testing procedures and policies. 

Teacher Catherine Cage (left) and school secretary Brenda Soto at PS 164 in Brooklyn

School Year 2020–21

As UFT members continue to navigate this extraordinary school year, the following Q&A answers some of the most-asked questions about safety, testing and tracing, remote work and student support.