Allow DOE Staff To Work From Home On Fully Remote Days

Allow DOE Staff To Work From Home On Fully Remote Days

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NYC DOE Employee started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

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The 2020-2021 school year will begin in just a few days and the NYC Department of Education has still not issued an allowance for teachers and other school staff to work from home on days when all of their students are remote.  Thus far, almost 40% of NYC parents have opted for fully remote learning in the fall, and those who opted for the hybrid model will be learning remotely on some days as well.  Therefore, there will be days when a staff member is working with their students on a remote basis only.

The benefits of a work from home option on these days include:

-Eliminating exposure on public transit

-Eliminating exposure in the school building (e.g. in shared offices and bathrooms)

-Better conditions for videoconferencing with students (e.g. staff can videoconference without wearing a mask, and without background noise in a shared office or classroom)

-Significantly increased prep time for staff who commute long distances

Teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and other staff have dedicated our careers to educating the children of New York City.  We are already preparing for an incredibly challenging school year and are asking for this small accommodation that could literally save lives.  It is especially vital for staff living with immunocompromised or high risk family members.

Please sign and share this petition to allow each Department of Education staff member to work from home on days when their students are learning remotely.  Consider reaching out to Mayor Bill deBlasio (bdeblasio@cityhall.nyc.gov), Chancellor Richard Carranza (NYCChancellor@schools.nyc.gov), and other elected officials (see a sample letter in the updates section).

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