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9/25/20 agreement with DOE: This agreement between the UFT and the DOE resolves several outstanding issues, such as remote work, vulnerable family members, class schedules and working conditions. Read the full agreement » Read the FAQ »

Guidance for itinerant providers: The DOE issued guidance for itinerant school counselors, social workers and psychologists and Vision Education Services and Hearing Education Services providers. Itinerant employees will not have to report to multiple worksites.

DOE HVAC policies and procedures: The DOE released the steps they will be taking to ensure school buildings have safe levels of ventilation and HVAC operation. Read the memo »

Guidance on the first nine days of school: The DOE issued guidance for school leaders on the first nine days of the school year, including key actions for preparation for health and safety and a sample schedule of professional learning. Read the memo »

Special education blended and remote learning guidance: The DOE and the UFT have collaborated on a number of guidance documents relating to special education and related services for the 2020-2021 school year. Visit our hub on

Absence and leave policy updates for the 2020–21 school year: The DOE has issued a memo updating policies regarding absences and leaves during COVID-19. Employees who have documented positive COVID-19 tests or who are exhibiting symptoms are eligible for excused leave at full pay for up to two weeks. Read the memo »

UFT FAQ on school reopening: In light of the agreement reached with City Hall and the Department of Education to reopen our schools safely, we have compiled some of our members' most frequently asked questions. As more information is obtained, we will notify you and post more answers here.

Ask the union for help with a medical accommodation denial: If the DOE has denied your request for COVID-19 medical accommodations to work fully remote for the 2020-21 school year, please fill out the UFT's online form. A UFT representative will review your accommodation denial and recommend next steps based on the circumstances of your denial. Fill out the form »

Instructional principles and programming guidance for the 2020–21 school year: We recently concluded negotiations with the DOE on new model schedules for teachers if school buildings reopen. Some elements will remain the same, such as a duty-free lunch, but we were able to persuade the DOE to adjust the regular schedule — and eliminate the 155 minutes of extended time — to give you more time to plan instruction and connect with families. Read the guidance »