NYC preschools pledge defiance, scramble for staff ahead of vaccination mandate
One preschool director on the Upper West Side may have to combine classrooms to fill in for unvaccinated teachers. Another in Harlem anticipates being down a few staffers and hasn’t heard whether substitutes will come.
Yet another in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, plans to keep her teachers in the classroom — vaccinated or not. With the majority of her staff refusing the shots, the only other alternative would be to close, said Marina Kolmanovsky, owner of Buratino International Day Care.
“We will come back to work. And those who are not vaccinated will wait until the DOE or DOH shut us down,” she said, referring to the Department of Education and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “Who’s going to watch the kids?”
Preschool and day care centers across New York City are scrambling for Tuesday morning, when a mandate kicks in that requires their staff to be vaccinated against COVID. The teachers and principals unions are warning of a shortage of safety agents, cafeteria workers, and, at some schools, dozens of teachers. They’ve called on the city to delay.
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