November/December 2020 Issue
October 18, 2020

NYSUT resources offer COVID-19 guidance

Author: Kara Smith
Source: NYSUT United
coronavirus toolkit

Members want to know how to stay safe in the workplace.

NYSUT has answers.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in mid-March, the statewide union has posted scores of guidance documents on a wide range of issues at

Here’s a sampling:

Instructional issues

Wondering what content to keep live and what content to have students work on independently?

Check out Best Practices for Remote Learning for strategies to adapt your lessons for hybrid and remote instruction.

As districts move forward with live streamed and recorded instruction, the changes raise a number of labor and employment questions. To learn more, see Electronic Delivery of Instruction (Live or Recorded).

Educational equity and access for all students must be a concern for every educator. Planning for School Reopening: The Instructional Questions that Must Be Answered poses a series of thought-provoking questions for educators to consider.

Resources for SRPs

Learn about school ventilation and how it can help lower the risk of COVID-19 in the free, on-demand webinar How to Use Ventilation to Protect the School Community.

Viewers will also learn what ventilation questions to ask management and what upgrades to seek.

Resources for Everyone

Learn how COVID-19 spreads, precautions you can take to stay safe and guidance for school day mask breaks in COVID-19 Transmission Facts and Mask Breaks.

Forming a workplace health and safety committee ensures your local’s voice is heard when health and safety concerns occur. How to Organize Your Health and Safety Committee is a blueprint for forming a committee, sharing best practices and state law requirements.

Learn how to conduct a workplace risk assessment, create a plan to protect the school community and offer training and communication on health and safety policies and procedures in the bulletin Health and Safety Considerations for Reopening Public Schools.

The online toolkit’s personal tab offers a range of resources to help you deal with stress in your personal life, from managing finances to anxiety to taking sick leaves.

FAQ: Reopening Public Schools is a round-up of answers to members’ questions on recommended cleaning, personal protective equipment and more.

The toolkit also includes all the latest COVID-19 guidance documents issued by the state Department of Health and State Education Department.