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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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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Things are changing fast’: More schools requiring masks for all, vaccines for teachers

In just a week, more than a dozen of the country’s large urban school districts have shifted policies to require masks for all students and staff. And on Monday, the country’s largest school district announced it will require all school staff to be vaccinated, joining Chicago and Los Angeles.  New York City’s decision came just […]

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All classrooms to have 2 air purifiers next year, New York City officials pledge

From Chalkbeat: To help curb the spread of COVID, all 56,000 New York City public school classrooms will be equipped with two air purifiers by September, according to the education department. Already, the department has distributed 100,000 air purifiers to schools, and they are working to ensure each classroom has two air purifiers by the […]

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Summer school bus service expands for homeless students and those with disabilities — but don’t count on a bus ride home

From Chalkbeat: New York City officials are expanding summer school yellow bus service for homeless students and those with disabilities, but still have no plans to provide busing home at the end of the day. The city’s summer school program, known as “Summer Rising” — which is open to all students for the first time […]

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