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Sep
29

Massive school safety agent shortage looms in NYC as vaccine mandate set to take effect

From Chalkbeat: More than 5,000 school safety agents guard the doors and hallways of New York City’s roughly 1,600 schools. This coming Tuesday, hundreds of these officers, if not thousands, might come off the payroll, as the city’s vaccine mandate takes effect. Schools are trying to prepare for the fallout from the city’s vaccine mandate, […]

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Sep
24

If there’s a COVID case at your NYC school, who has to quarantine?

From Chalkbeat: COVID is already interrupting learning for students in New York City-run schools and city-funded preschools, with 67 classroom closures underway by the second day of the new school year. Another 126 classrooms were partially closed, according to city data, since those have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students. That is a tiny […]

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Sep
24

In major test, New York City schools reopen for nearly 1 million students

From Chalkbeat: Third grader Jaden arrived Monday morning at his Bronx elementary school with a lanyard around his neck holding hand sanitizer. Like most of the district’s nearly 1 million students, Jaden has not set foot in a classroom in almost 550 days. New York City threw open its classroom doors on Monday to all […]

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Sep
07

NYC plans to screen nearly 200,000 students in the early grades to uncover struggling readers. Then what?

From Chalkbeat: In a massive bid to gauge reading skills following COVID-related learning disruptions, New York City’s education department is introducing literacy screening for its nearly 200,000 children in kindergarten through second grade. This fall’s early literacy effort is part of a wider $635 million infusion, almost entirely federally funded, aimed at getting thousands of […]

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Sep
07

This NYC counselor is helping students work through COVID-era trauma

From Chalkbeak: After Randy Bowen lost three family members to COVID-19, he knew he needed to prioritize the activities that center him, such as meditating and riding his bike, so that he could show up for his students at Community Health Academy of the Heights. Bowen, a school counselor of 14 years and a certified […]

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Sep
07

COVID makes school lunch complicated in NYC

From Chalkbeat: Bronx mom Grisel Cardona is hopeful that her daughter’s fourth-grade class will be able to eat on the playground this year as often as possible, even if it means sitting picnic-style on the ground. She’s worried about students socializing together during a time of day that they can’t wear masks and hopes that […]

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Sep
07

NYC teachers union, city at impasse over vaccine mandate for medical and religious exemptions

From Chalkbeat: Negotiations have stalled between New York City’s teachers union and City Hall over a vaccination mandate for school staffers, pushing union leaders to file a formal complaint with the state. The city has refused to pay teachers who have a legitimate medical or religious reason not to take the shot, according to the […]

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Aug
26

Adequate ventilation can curb the spread of COVID. Here’s what we know about ventilation inside NYC schools.

From Chalkbeat: Inside a century-old red brick building on the edge of Manhattan’s Chinatown, Joanne O’Neill and her custodial staff have been hustling. In the morning, two hours before students arrived for summer camp, approximately 70 window air conditioning units were flipped on, and all windows – the primary source of ventilation in the building […]

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