|Council of Supervisors and Administrators president Mark Cannizzaro|
Monday, July 27, 2020
The city’s principals’ union has sent the Department of Education a list of 141 questions it says the city must answer before reopening schools.
The list, obtained by The Post, was included in a letter to members last week blasting the DOE’s “alarming lack of preparation” for the first day of school, tentatively set for Sept. 10.
The Council of Supervisors and Administrators said the questions underscore the looming problems and dangers that school leaders face.
“These are questions that are imperative for the DOE to answer,” wrote union president Mark Cannizzaro.
The list includes many basic questions on safety and sanitation such as whether every school will have a nurse, who will take temperatures, when will supplies — PPE, thermometers, signage, hand sanitizer and cleaning materials — arrive, and who will staff the “isolation room” for sick kids?
They also ask about rules to handle fights between students, or how to discipline kids who deliberately sneeze or cough on someone.
Among other issues: “What should principals do if he or she “fears and/or confirms that system-wide sanitation protocols aren’t being followed?”
“If a teacher tests positive will all of their students need to quarantine?”
“If a school shuts down, will other schools that share that campus also be shut down?”