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Supporting all students in a pandemic environment (Staten Island)

Please register for this special online workshop for teachers and paraprofessionals working in Staten Island. We'll discuss the impact of the pandemic on students and how it may affect their behavior in classrooms.

Spring Break 2020 Settlement: a workshop for School Secretaries

Please register for this important workshop for school secretaries to ensure you understand the ramifications of the decision to create vacation days, a result of an arbitrator's decision on the spring break 2020 union arbitration. 

COVID-19 absences for School Secretaries

Please register for this special UFT remote workshop for school secretaries. Chapter Leader Sheryl Pender will discuss the updated payroll memo on COVID absences. Tanisha Franks, a UFT representative for personnel, payroll and special projects, will join Sheryl to explain the memo and how it affects the work of school secretaries.

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.

Classroom ventilation

If you rely on open windows for good ventilation in your classroom, you will still need to keep a few windows cracked open a few inches even though it’s getting colder.

COVID tests for adults

With the number of COVID-19 cases across the city on the rise, the increase in breakthrough infections and the threat of the new Omicron variant, in-school testing of unvaccinated students only was clearly no longer not enough. That’s why the UFT...

California to mandate COVID-19 vaxes for students

California will become the first state in the U.S. to require public and private school students receiving in-person instruction to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Oct. 1, once the FDA gives full approval for COVID...

School safety during the pandemic

The multiple layers of protection against COVID-19, including the vaccination of all staff and eligible students, are serving our school communities well.

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.

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.