UFT threatens to delay reopening amid lack of COVID testing

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The pinnacle of town’s academics’ union mentioned Thursday that if the Division of Schooling doesn’t enhance it’s COVID-19 testing they will stop faculties from opening Sept. 21.

The menace got here after United Federation of Lecturers Michael Mulgrew revealed that  16 metropolis academics have examined positive for COVID-19 out of 15,000 lately checked for the virus.

Whereas that quantities to a minimal an infection charge of roughly 0.1 p.c,  Mulgrew advised NBC Thursday that that town’s testing turnaround occasions had been worrisome.

“If these folks had been examined beginning September why are we simply getting the outcomes now?” he requested.

Each Metropolis Corridor and the UFT have mentioned that they anticipate sporadic coronavirus cases amongst college staffers however insist that they’ve acceptable response protocols in place.

Mulgrew warned that shoddy testing procedures may threaten Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s focused college reopening date of September 21.

“If town can’t stay as much as its facet of this settlement then we’re going to say you possibly can’t open,” Mulgrew advised NBC.

A Metropolis Corridor spokesperson defended the testing regime.

“We’ve labored to make testing as quick and handy for school-based workers throughout town and the outcomes have paid off, with over 95% of assessments coming again inside 48 hours,” mentioned Avery Cohen. “We’re dedicated to testing each final case of the virus, and can proceed to work in lockstep with UFT to make sure we’re doing every little thing in our energy to make faculties protected.”

Roughly 61 p.c of metropolis children are slated to start a blended studying format the place they are going to alternate between dwelling and campus studying.

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