UFT, teachers claim unacceptable conditions inside Weeksville school

Teachers in Weeksville were met with unacceptable conditions in their classrooms when they arrived for their first day, according to the United Federation of Teachers who called out the Department of Education Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Sep 9, 2020, 4:55 PM

Updated 1,347 days ago

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Teachers in Weeksville were met with unacceptable conditions in their classrooms when they arrived for their first day, according to the United Federation of Teachers who called out the Department of Education Wednesday.
The union shared images of conditions they claim teachers at the Brooklyn Campus of the New York City Children’s Center found inside.
The teachers say the classrooms and bathrooms had not been properly cleaned or sanitized.
The images show cockroaches on the ground and water in the sinks not running clear.
They also say there wasn't proper PPE. The teachers claim they could not work in parts of the buildings so they worked in the parking lot.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew says the DOE and union have been working together to check buildings, but this particular campus is owned by the state. They say it was up to the DOE to make sure it was safe and when teachers called to report the issues Tuesday, they say the response was not urgent enough.
"People cannot ignore when teachers are sitting on a sidewalk in front of a site because they weren't given the right PPE. Not responding for hours is unacceptable and disgusting on their behalf,” says Mulgrew.
The union president called on the DOE, saying they all need to be double and triple checking sites to make sure educators have everything they need to teach and stay safe.
The DOE released a statement saying, “Our District 75 students and staff members deserve the best, and we are taking immediate action to address any health and safety concerns, including in State-run facilities where we provide education. We will continue to work in close partnership with schools and with labor to identify needs and quickly respond so that every school is ready for their first day of in-person instruction on the 21.” 


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