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CDC recommends staff and students wear masks in schools: The CDC recommends all staff, teachers and students, as well as school visitors, wear a mask in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status, due to the rising cases of the Delta variant. The agency also recommends people who are vaccinated wear masks again indoors if they are located in an area with high COVID-19 transmission. Read the updated guidance »

Mayor announces city workers will be required to be vaccinated: All city workers, including DOE employees, will be required by Sept. 13 to either be vaccinated or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing and be fully masked in the workplace. Read the UFT's response »

COVID-19 guidelines continue to be required in NYC public schools: Governor Cuomo announced that the number of New York State adults who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 69.9%, just .01% away from the 70% that would give us herd immunity. When New York reaches 70%, the governor said he will make COVID-19 guidelines — including capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection and health screening — optional for most businesses. The restrictions will not be lifted for pre-K to 12 schools and public transit, among others. 

Full reopening for school in September: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on May 24 that there would be no remote learning option for students for the 2021-22 school year. The mayor says he is committed to following science-based CDC guidelines on social distancing, but there will be challenges in getting all students back into some school buildings that we know are severely overcrowded. The UFT, the DOE and the principals’ union have agreed to create a process to develop safe distancing plans for these schools.

DOE payroll to remain open this summer: In a major change from past years, DOE payroll will not close this May and will remain open throughout the summer. UFT members who were on leave can be brought back to work and restored to payroll at any time between now and the end of the school year. The DOE will mail July and August paper checks for Q-bank employees throughout the summer. See the summer payroll schedule »

Summer school job postings: The deadline to apply is Friday, June 11. There may be a small cohort of remote students, but if you want to ensure a position for yourself, you should apply for an in-person assignment. Read more information »

Calendar for 2021-22 school year has been released: The DOE has published the calendar for the upcoming school year which includes 180 days in session, inclusive of four staff development days during which students will not be in attendance. See the calendar »

Update on three-foot guidance:  An upstate judge has ordered the state Department of Health to issue guidance on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines that permit schools to reduce distancing between students from six feet to three feet. Under the new state guidelines, school staff must still maintain six feet from other adults and from students. The guidance also says students must maintain six feet apart in any public area, such as gyms, hallways and lunchrooms. Students and teachers must be in distinct cohorts throughout the day. We will be taking all steps to make sure that any school that moves to the three-foot guidance can do so safely.

Guidance from the DOE