NYC Teachers Union Threatens Another Delay To School Reopening Over COVID Test Reporting

Mack Rosenberg
September 12, 2020 - 1:08 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The city’s largest teachers union is threatening another delay in reopening schools over the time it took for the city to report positive coronavirus test results for teachers.

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    So far 22 teachers in the city have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 15,000 tests. It’s a small percentage, but it’s how long the city took to make that information public that has angered United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.

    “We understand what we are responsible for, but we also know what you are responsible for. And if you can't make that happen before the children come into schools than we're not going to let you open these schools,” Mulgrew said.

    He said many of the positive test results were from tests that were taken on Sept. 2 and that the city isn’t holding up its end of the agreement made to get tests results within 48 hours.

    “This has to be transparent. You have literally 24 to 48 hours to inform and then get the information out, do the testing and tracing, give information to the staff that they all know that there is a positive case, that test and tracing take place. It's like they didn't know this was going to happen,” Mulgrew said.

    A City Hall spokesperson said this week: “We've worked to make testing as fast and convenient for school-based staff across the city and the results have paid off, with over 95% of tests coming back within 48 hours. We're committed to testing every last case of the virus, and will continue to work in lockstep with UFT to ensure we are doing everything in our power to make schools safe. Our students and teachers deserve nothing less.”