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COVID protocols for this school year

The Department of Education’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2023-24 school year align with current CDC guidelines. They are similar to the policies that were in place for the 2022-23 school year.

COVID death benefits extended

The New York State accidental death benefit for in-service UFT members and other public employees who have passed away due to COVID-19 has been extended through Dec. 31, 2024, thanks to the advocacy of the UFT and other public employee unions.

COVID-related protocols

The following Q&A answers some of UFT members’ most frequently-asked questions about the city DOE's COVID-related policies covering health, safety, remote learning and absences for the 2022-23 school year.

Signs of the times

Three streets on Staten Island have been renamed to remember educators who died during the Covid pandemic. Two of those streets are near IS 24 in Great Kills and honor Sharon Nearby and Melissa Kruppa, early victims of the virus. The third street, in...

A mosaic memorial

Colleagues and students create a mosaic mural to remember Rulx Dagus, a paraprofessional at P 369K in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who died of COVID-19.

COVID monitoring, testing to continue

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on March 23 that while members should not let down their guard regarding COVID-19 protocols, the situation continues to improve.

UFT reacts to change in vaccine mandate for athletes and performers

A UFT spokesperson issued a statement in response to Mayor Adams' announcement that he was rolling back the COVID vaccine mandate for athletes and performers.

COVID-related funeral funding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering financial assistance of up to $9,000 per burial to those who have paid for funeral expenses due to COVID-19.

Spring break 2020

The UFT’s fight with the DOE over compensation for members who worked over the 2020 spring break ended in January when an independent arbitrator ruled that UFT members will receive one vacation day for each day they worked during what should have...

UFT on new testing protocols

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement regarding new COVID testing protocols in schools that will take effect in 2022.