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NYSUT Member Briefing - July 9, 2021

CDC issues new K-12 guidelines for the fall  

The CDC issued guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools, emphasizing the benefits of in-person learning and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall. The recommendations call for unvaccinated students and staff to continue mask-wearing and encourage schools to offer voluntary routine testing at least once a week. They also encourage schools to keep three feet of distancing among unvaccinated kids in the classroom. The CDC urges schools to develop a layered prevention strategy to protect people who are not fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health just issued revised guidance regarding the summer session only. Schools/districts may decide to implement revised masking policies consistent with those available in the interim guidance for child care and camp programs.  

NYSUT leaders contribute to national affiliate events

This month, NYSUT leaders attended the virtual NEA Representative Assembly and the online biennial AFT TEACH conference. President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, an NEA member, were featured at both events. They thanked educators for their heroic efforts and pledged continued support.

ELT responds to member needs

NYSUT’s Education & Learning Trust has added a third session to the Summer Semester so we may offer more online certification courses. Register online by midnight July 14. The third session begins July 19 and ends Sept. 14. Visit ELT’s new site dedicated to key topics and concerns facing you and your students.

SAVE THE DATE for our next NYSUT Chat on Twitter at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.  We will explore all that ELT has to offer as we turn our attention to the fall and the professional learning needs of our teachers and SRPs. Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango will be moderating along with ELT instructors.


More news

  • First of its kind apprenticeship program targets teacher shortages in the Capital Region. This new teacher apprenticeship program is a partnership between NYSUT, WSWHE BOCES, and local school districts and colleges.
  • The governor signed a bill supported by NYSUT that prohibits public employers from penalizing employees who use sick leave or compensatory time to quarantine, seek medical treatment, or for other absences related to a COVID diagnosis or contact. It builds on the other employee protections we achieved since the start of the pandemic, including guaranteed paid leave for employees quarantined due to COVID and guaranteed time off to receive the COVID vaccine.
  • Another NYSUT-backed law was enacted to ensure Special Act schools that provide services for students who have disabilities, illnesses or behavioral challenges will be not be penalized due to pandemic-related challenges.
  • Since 2016 educators with specific certificate titles have been required to register their certificates with the NYS Education Department and complete Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements. SED policy requires members to re-register every five years. Here’s SED’s latest guidance. NYSUT is preparing an updated factsheet.
  • Explore the updated Member Benefits Financial Learning Center — powered by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance — for the latest information about the child tax credit, retirement planning and other helpful content.
  • The new NYSUT Legacy Fund helps members celebrate members. Honor an activist from your local, chapter or retiree council by making a contribution to the Legacy Fund in their name.


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