NYC schools prepare for staffing shortages ahead of vaccine mandate deadline

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Teachers and workers in New York City schools have until Monday to get their COVID-19 vaccine before the city’s mandate goes into effect, raising concerns about staff shortages in schools across the city, ABC 7 reports.

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why it matters: Nearly 6,000 teachers haven’t been vaccinated because mandate expires, The New York Times reports.

running news: All school staff must report their vaccination status by the end of the day on Monday, and staff members who have not received their first dose will not be allowed to return to school the next day, according to ABC 7.

  • Mark Cannizzaro, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, said on Thursday principals were told that “most schools” could open with just one school security agent.
  • The union Federation of Teachers, which represents school staff, is urging the city to push back the deadline.
  • The education department plans to transfer teachers and central office staff to fill up staff vacancies in various positions, according to ABC 7.
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big picture: According to union leaders, more than 90% of teachers and principals have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

  • Union leaders say it is likely more teachers will get their first shot or have to submit proof of vaccination by Monday night to avoid losing pay, according to the Times.

What are they saying: “We are concerned,” said UFT president Michael Malgre. “Very, very worried.”

  • “Right now there are schools with more than 30 to 100 people on the non-compliant list,” Cannizzaro said, according to ABC 7.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Expressed confidence in the city’s ability to replace ineligible teachers to work by Monday.

  • “The central staff has thousands of certified teachers who can step into different roles if needed,” he said. “So they’ll be ready. But the reality we’re seeing right now is that we think the overwhelming majority of our teachers and staff will be there on Monday.”

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