Teachers at Clara Barton High School say they're understaffed

Many teachers and students are set to begin in-person classes by the end of the week, but some educators say they don't think schools are ready as they're understaffed.

News 12 Staff

Sep 30, 2020, 12:19 PM

Updated 1,328 days ago

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Teachers at Clara Barton High School say they're understaffed
Many teachers and students are set to begin in-person classes by the end of the week, but some educators say they don't think schools are ready as they're understaffed.
Teachers at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn say that they're experiencing staffing issues.
One teacher says that some educators are allowed to teach fully remote, and that those children assigned in-person learning will still need an in-person instructor.
According to the city teachers' union, the Department of Education is allowing medical accommodations for remote work for employees who are at a heightened risk for severe illness.
Teachers have to apply for that accommodation, but another teacher says every educator should have the option.
They say they plan on refiling a lawsuit along with 30 other teachers against the DOE and the city, alleging that the application process for a teacher to be fully remote has not been equal and that they'd be more comfortable with a remote start to the year.
Teachers say safety for their students and families is their main concern.
They say staffing shortages are also impacting staff's ability to clean and sanitize the buildings.
The DOE released a statement saying, "Throughout the entire pandemic we have prioritized health and safety for our students, teachers and staff, as reflected in the policies we have developed together with the union that represents these petitioners. The court recently dismissed a similar lawsuit brought by some of these petitioners – we opposed that one and we will oppose this one."


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