And cue pushback from the teacher's union...one, two, three...
They had my sympathy in September when DOE and the schools were not prepared. But after being vaccinated, they had no excuse to not go back in-person. And now this rule. If they push back I will be totally outraged. Daycare providers have had to work this whole time, often with unmasked kids and in much closer contact with them.
@Anon This pisses me off even more. It's insane and outrageous, and not even based on any information from medical experts.
So did anyone else notice that they still have to be 6' to eat lunch? Aren't the kids all eating in their classrooms to avoid movement? This feels like the loophole the UFT and the city need to say it's impossible.
I wouldn't put it past them. But, they could use gym, lunch rooms and outdoor space (in nice weather) to help spread kids out.
@MidtownMom Yes, or they could send half the kids to recess while one half eats, and then switch. Many ways to work with this rule, unless they actively work to not make it work. Which they might.
Fwiw my kids have been full time in VT since October. Our state guidelines have been 3 feet the entire time. Neither of my kids had an exposure (both elementary age). Hopefully your DOE can look at data from other states.
Kids in NYC travel great distances to come to school and will potentially have more points of exposure than in suburbs. Hopefully everyone will consider this in the eagerness to return to school. Look at the data in Sweden where the variants are spreading wildly in schools among kids. I don't know what is the solution, but this doesn't seem to be the right one.
Data from our schools is that covid enters, usually by adults, and does not spread among the children.
@ Anonymous Sweden is like apples and oranges. Their whole strategy was to get to herd immunity quickly. And event the UK, which took precautions, had kids unmasked in school.