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Based on an analysis of the latest data and the recommendations of @IndependentSage @dgurdasani1 and others, I have proposed a new set of "5 tests" for discussion by @NEUnion members so we can insist on what's needed to ensure we return #OnlyWhenItsSafe…
1/ Do schools and school-aged children contribute significantly to community transmission? SAGE's own evidence shows this shouldn't even be a debate!
2/ As @dgurdasani1 pointed out, SAGE also recognise the, tcorrelation between confirmed Covid-19 cases and school holidays, with rates dipping during the half-term school closure, for example.
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"At my school today we saw no masks, no shields, 1 thermometer used for random check when entering, we didn’t get materials until 11am and we got 1 tiny hand sanitizer the size of a mechanical pencil for 2-4 people per room" 1/2 @MOREcaucusUFT @UFT @nysut
"When I kept bringing it up, I was told that they had it. And that our UFT person would confirm today. We still didn’t see the items. And my UFT person also said that only the principal should call the hotline" 2/2
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It's Sunday over a long holiday weekend, staff supposedly in-person Tuesday, & I STILL haven't received my school's @UFT @NYCSchools building inspection report to see if my building is safe to enter. UFT told me not to enter a building without the full checklist, right? Shameful.
Just talked with my chapter leader: our checklist is inaccurate cuz @UFT came for the building inspection report when neither my principal nor chapter leader were present, so a lot of answers are blank 🤦‍♀️🙄👀How many reports across the city are likely like this?! #OnlyWhenItsSafe
How can we go back to school on Tuesday when @UFT clearly stated if there's not enough supplies there or checklist fully written out that WE DON'T GO IN? And how dare they do this over a holiday weekend and zero business days? It's absolutely shameful. #OnlyWhenItsSafe
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Truly no words on how furious I am at my union @UFT. Educators are forced back into schools buildings 9/8, a few days after UFT said it was unsafe to go back, then after striking a backroom deal w/ @NYCMayor. @UFTUnity shame on you. People will die on your watch. #wewontdieforDOE
Still haven't gotten our school building inspection report even tho @UFT Prez Mulgrew promised we'd have it today. People are saying it might not come til Saturday. We're supposed to go in-person Tuesday. @UFTUnity what you agreed to is not okay. #OnlyWhenItsSafe #wewontdieforDOE
We STILL don't have a clear idea how a @NYCSchools plan that hasn't been figured out in the past 2 months (or 2 weeks for that matter) will be figured out in another two weeks. We have no money. We don't have the staff to do their convoluted plans. It's NOT SAFE. #wewontdieforDOE
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While I'm preaching self-care, I also need to recognize all the education advocates who've been fighting so damn hard to stop an unsafe NYC schools reopening. There are too many to tag: y'all give me strength which then lets me keep going. Here we go: @JiaLeeNY @joelfrominwood ..
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Corruptus incredibils. We need to be #remote we need flexibility and we need options for outdoor learning. But before all that delay the opening and hit pause !
Cancel all state tests. Grant waivers for this year again. This is not business as usual. #red4ednyc #healthjustice #nycschoolsdeserve
No each school wont be able to do the same thing. We have been screaming at the top of our lungs about inequities for decades already. But outdoor learning, field trips, service projects all should be on the table in @NYCSchools
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Right now to my knowledge my teachers union @UFT isn't fighting for full remote learning in the fall. They're fighting for classrooms where windows open up four inches for "ventilation." Yeah, when our classes are next to a highway. "Car exhaust or #COVID19?" #OnlyWhenItsSafe 1/
My teachers union @UFT fights for #coronavirus supplies and procedures in place. Haven't heard about bathrooms having enough soap. About school supplies/materials, esp. during a budget crisis where Gov. Cuomo has withheld 20% of state education funding and 2/ #OnlyWhenItsSafe
...Mayor de Blasio says we might have 22k in layoffs October 1st. Our kids are supposed to have their own textbooks- how many schools have enough individual books for all the hundreds of students, without sharing em/#COVID19? "We're not striking over pencils," but no funding 3/
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@NYCMayor is saying some seriously dangerous nonsense. “... people think that if you raise enough questions & doubts, folks will run away and hide. That’s not what I do.... We just don’t surrender.” It is not "surrendering" if you listen to stakeholders' VERY VALID questions.
the fact the @BilldeBlasio thinks that keeping New Yorkers safe is "running away and hiding" and is "surrendering"...???? Where is the logic? We are asking you to consider the reality that WE COULD DIE if you send us back.
Plus: it's not like the city has some GRAND PLAN for the Fall semester. There are HUNDREDS of crucial, and simple!, questions that have gone unanswered with regard to this reopening. #wewontdieforDOE #OnlyWhenItsSafe
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Today should have been #MarkUrquiza's 66th birthday. So we planned a National #DayOfAction to demand a coordinated, data-driven approach to #COVID.

Get involved by participating in the #MarkedByCOVID tweet storm, started by a supporter in Florida - RT below or create your own.
Governors @GovRonDeSantis, @GregAbbott_TX, @dougducey, and @POTUS were late to close and early to re-open, needlessly jeopardizing lives along the way including #MarkUrquiza's. #MarkedByCOVID
.@GovRonDeSantis, @GregAbbott_TX, @dougducey, and @POTUS: If we can’t even get our hospital workers #PPE, how are we going to get it to schools? We can’t even get textbooks to schools. #COVID19 #MarkedByCOVID #OnlyWhenItsSafe #TeacherSafetyIsEssential #BackToSchool
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We teachers on the ground have been leaders in a vacuum of leadership. I have faith that we will win and stop an unsafe school reopening.

It's time to fight back and organize.

March for the Dead, Fight For The Living.
#OnlyWhenItsSafe #wewontdieforDOE…
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Just thinking to myself

It would be so much easier if @NYCSchools just called full remote. They're gonna go full remote anyway at some point

My teacher friends in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, their teachers unions and communities fought back and won

@UFT get it together
So damn tired and demoralized

I was talking to a former @NYCSchools teacher who resigned last week

She left because she didn't want to be part of an institution criminalizing students anymore

And we're going to be traumatizing them further if we go back into school buildings
Why do educators have to fight for our safety
Why do principals have to fight for our safety
Why do students have to fight for our safety
Why do families have to fight for our safety
Why can't we just be safe
@NYCMayor @NYGovCuomo
We keep us safe
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Here's the difference between thoughtful leaders and egomaniacs responsible for the deaths of 1,000s:

While @dougducey lies and punts questions about individuals #MarkedByCOVID in front of the @WhiteHouse to stay in lockstep with the failed @realDonaldTrump, @JoeBiden...
☑️ Heeds experts to accurately assess the disaster in #AZ, calling it "a cautionary tale."
☑️ Promotes data-driven policies like #MaskMandates, #SocialDistancing, and opening #OnlyWhenItsSafe.
☑️ Reminds us that we've been given a FALSE choice between #health and the #economy.
While @dougducey is wasting money on ineffective PR campaigns like #ArizonaTogether and @POTUS is playing golf, @JoeBiden is listening to the millions #MarkedByCOVID and amplifying our message.
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I’m a Teacher in New York. I’m Doing My Job by Fighting an Unsafe Reopening.

Teachers routinely go above & beyond call of duty, but hastily reopening schools during a pandemic puts students, families, & all of us at risk.

Read my @newrepublic interview:…
"What worries me most about schools reopening in the fall is that more people will die. Right now teachers are feeling like we’re rushing toward a reopening that isn’t well thought out." Read more of my @newrepublic interview:…
"There’s also the issue of proper ventilation. So many of our school buildings are older or already overcrowded; they’re not set up for social distancing. My classroom is windowless..." Read my @newrepublic interview: #OnlyWhenItsSafe #DemandSafeSchools…
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❗️We want to work with YOU to plan a Day of Action on August 13, which would have been Mark's 66th birthday and is traditionally back-to-school season. Image
We hope to see #vigils and #ofrendas wherever people have been #MarkedByCovid to honor the lives lost, raise awareness of the severity of the pandemic, and urge our elected officials to make science-based decisions and open #OnlyWhenItsSafe.
Details coming soon. In the meantime, visit to help plan an event or donate to support the movement.
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Every day more English councils are joining Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in pushing back against the UK Government’s June 1st target date for the wider reopening of schools.

RT if you’re with them.

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#FollowTheScience #Covid19 #OnlyWhenItsSafe
[2 of 6] "While high levels of Covid-19 infection in the NW remain, & guidance around practical arrangements for social distancing within educational environments, testing & tracing, & supply of PPE is unclear, the borough will not be re-opening schools on June 1" @BuryCouncil
[3 of 6] “In Rochdale we are determined to do the right thing for our children, families and schools ... this may not fit with the expectations or timescale of government” @RochdaleCouncil
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[1 of 6] Today @IndependentSage released the science that confirms teachers, parents and schools have been right on wider reopening of schools.

It's not safe to open schools on 1 June.

Email your MP now:

#FollowTheScience #Covid19 #OnlyWhenItsSafe
[2 of 6] We need test, track and isolate programmes properly up and running ASAP, and BEFORE schools open more widely.

#FollowTheScience #Covid19 #OnlyWhenItsSafe
[3 of 6] The people implementing this on the ground need to be properly consulted. They’ll spot things and solve problems that can’t be seen from Whitehall.

#FollowTheScience #Covid19 #OnlyWhenItsSafe
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