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UFT: Schools in COVID hot spots might need to close

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Sept. 29 called for the city to close 78 New York City public schools in ZIP codes facing a surge in COVID-19 cases if infection rates cannot be quickly contained and reduced.

Mulgrew on the first day of school

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement on the reopening of elementary schools and the uptick in positive coronavirus cases in the city.

Agreement on remote work and related services adaptation document (RAD)

The following email was sent on Saturday, Sept. 26, to school counselors from Chapter Leader Rosemarie Thompson.

Paraprofessionals FAQ

Roles and responsibilities for paraprofessionals this school year

Agreement on final 30 minutes of workday for paraprofessionals

The following update was sent to all DOE-employed paraprofessionals from UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Feeding Corona, during Corona

The PS 19 school community was hit hard by illness, layoffs and food insecurity. Luckily, the Corona elementary school is part of the UFT’s United Community Schools initiative. “Everybody came together in a time of need,” said teacher Christina Tholl...

UFT convinces city to phase in reopening for students

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Mark Cannizzaro on Sept. 17 to announce a phased-in reopening of New York City public schools in order to assure safety and...

A space at home that resembled my physical classroom

I wanted to create a space at home that resembled my physical classroom so that when my students saw me virtually they would feel at home.

Work, grief and COVID

As we begin a new school year, many of us are grieving the loss of people — colleagues, family members and friends — and the way things were prior to the pandemic. Students need extra support, too.

In uncertain times, count on a defined-benefit pension

While the opening of school this fall has been surrounded by uncertainty, one thing you can count on is your defined-benefit pension, thanks to the Teachers’ Retirement System and the UFT.