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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.

Paraprofessionals FAQ

Roles and responsibilities for paraprofessionals this school year

Principal makes pay dock threat against staff working outside

Educators at the HS for Economics and Finance in Lower Manhattan are facing threats to their pay for refusing to enter a building they say is not safe against COVID-19 infection and, instead, doing their jobs outside via mobile phones and laptops.

UFT says city falls short on staffing needs, safety pact

New York City public schools do not yet have enough staff or the safety protocols in place to reopen school buildings on Sept. 21 as planned, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned on Sept. 14 at a virtual press conference.


Instructional guidance and materials for the 2020-21 school year

Students with Disabilities

Questions answered regarding special education concerns

Strike averted as mayor blinks

After days of nonstop negotiations and with the threat of a UFT strike looming, the mayor on Sept. 1 agreed to the demands of the union to postpone the start of in-person classes to ensure school buildings pass the UFT’s safety checklist.

Functional chapter members

Find out more information and guidance for functional chapter members this school year.

Instructional Issues

Clarification of teaching roles and responsibilities for both blended and remote learning.


Answers to questions about COVID-related leaves, attendance and timekeeping.