Mandate Covid testing for 3K, PreK and Kindergarten for the NYC DOE schools

Mandate Covid testing for 3K, PreK and Kindergarten for the NYC DOE schools

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Early Childhood Educators started this petition to Mayor de Blasio and

To Whom It May Concern:


We are Kindergarten, Pre-K, and 3K, teachers and paraprofessionals who are concerned about the non-testing protocol of our 3K, Pre-K and kindergarten students. We, as teachers who care about our students, are also empathetic toward them and their families’ concerns about engaging in invasive procedures such as nasal swab tests. We would like the union to demand the inclusion of all students, regardless of age, in Covid testing. 


As Chancellor Carranza stated in his letter on November 24th, the levels of COVID-19 are increasing, therefore we need to take further precautions. Further precautions include testing ALL students that attend in-person learning, including pre-K and kindergarten. As of December 3rd the COVID-19 rate is 5.19%.  You promised us as a union that you would protect our safety.  Testing ALL students would be a step towards protecting our safety and making sure no one's lives are lost in the line of duty.  


Staff members and students commute from hot spot neighborhoods or take public transportation on a daily basis to work and learn in schools. We are also highly concerned for our students, families and educators who live with members that are at-risk for this virus. Exposures such as these put everyone’s health at risk. 


NYC has a very large early childhood population that is a part of the DOE public school system. Testing our students is utmost important and essential to ensure the safety of our staff members and communities who take care of them. Teaching and learning in early childhood is very much a hands-on job even during a pandemic. If our young scholars are not included in random testing throughout this pandemic, it will put many people at an unnecessary risk. One of the critical keys to fighting this pandemic is through testing in conjunction with other safety protocols that are already implemented in our schools. 


We have brainstormed some options for 3K, Pre-K and kindergarten students to be tested:

Have testing done outside of the school under a tent and invite guardians to accompany the children.
Use a less invasive method of testing eg. a saliva test.
Give parents the option to take their children for a Covid test each week.
Teachers and students have worked together since the beginning of this school year to learn and talk about COVID19 in a way that has been safe and understandable for our youngest learners. This is work that we will continue to build upon as we continue to embrace the changes that arise during this time. 


Our schools need to be safe for all of NYC during these difficult times and testing is the most effective tool that we can use to ensure the safety of all. 


We look forward to hearing from you. 


Sincerely,

Concerned early childhood educators of New York City

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