As we flip the calendar to a new year, social distancing, mask wearing and temperature checks are unfortunately still the norm for the foreseeable future.
To help members and community residents stay safe, the statewide union in November launched nysutcovidtracker.org, a website that allows school staff members, parents and community members to report coronavirusrelated health and safety violations and concerns in schools.
“A consistent flow of information about the safety of our schools is critical for educators, students and families, and this website is designed to help us all stay vigilant as the school year rolls on,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “Though we know some districts are working closely with their staffs to put health and safety first, problems still exist around the state. By empowering educators and community members to report their concerns, it’s our hope that we can elevate the voices of those who otherwise may go unheard.”
The site features an interactive mapping tool so members can identify regional issues and read submitted reports about individual school districts. Site visitors can also report school concerns and violations using an online form. Now that winter has arrived, proper ventilation, face mask use and cleaning and disinfecting protocols are critical, explained Pallotta.
“We must continue to err on the side of caution. Identifying hot spots can help us do so,” he said, noting that community members need to know about coronavirus-related concerns so they can make informed decisions.