Update October 8 2020 School closings and Covid testing

Thursday, October 08, 2020 5:58:00 PM

Also Parent Org mtg dates and Survey on sped teacher shortages

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PIST NYC Update October 8, 2020


1. Covid 19 School closings cluster zone links from NYCDOE and NYS

2. Covid 19 testing in schools link to webinar tonight

3. Parent/Community organizations including 2 with meetings next week

4. English Survey/Encuesta en Español on Shortage of special education professionals

Things are changing every day. It is confusing, scary, outrageous, but at least we can share info and resources that might be helpful to families of school bus riders with and without IEPs. 

In future email, social media postings and website blogs, we will have more to say about the rush job of creating bus routes with pandemic precautions; in defense of paying the workers who serve our children; and in support of the campaign for electric school buses.

1. Covid 19 School Closings lookup

NYCDOE finally made a page https://www.schools.nyc.gov/alerts/school-building-closures

It has boroughs and citywide districts D75 specialized schools ; D79 alternative HS https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families/school-building-closures 

and this interactive map which some find hard to decipher https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

NYS shared bullet points about school closings "except as otherwise provided in Executive Order" within this document https://esd.ny.gov/ny-cluster-action-initiative-guidance

It says "public and private transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, for-hire vehicles, garages" are Essential. This would mean school bus yards, we suppose. 

The 3 map links given as of Oct. 7  are: 

1-Queens Flushing Cluster Zones https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Queens_upper_map_updated_colors.pdf

2-Queens Far Rockaway Cluster Zones 


3-Brooklyn Cluster Zones https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Brooklyn_large_map.pdf


2. Covid 19 testing in schools -briefing TONIGHT for parent leaders

Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM, Register: https://dcepcopsteam.webex.com/dcepcopsteam/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9f2e75ab9892ff011d6a266bda94e57e…

Presenters are from DOE so bring a grain of salt...Note (and raise if possible): There has been no plan for testing workers at the bus yards.

Context: confusion about whether or not students in District 75 programs were exempt from being switched to full remote schedule if families do not give consent for random testing at school. As of this writing all families are being encouraged but not required to consent. 

DOE revised guidance and Consent forms are here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Recent article (possibly moot, since if those hotspot schools are closed, they aren’t testing):



3. Parent/Community organizations for bus advice, meetings and updates

District 75 Council- Meeting on Busing Tuesday evening October 13 (718) 752-7321 d75council@schools.nyc.gov, https://www.cecd75.org Citywide Council for District 75 - Home CEC for District 75 (@d75council) http://www.cecd75.org/ 

Citywide Council on Special Education- Calendar meeting Oct 15 at 6:30 PM  

(718) 391-8354 ccse@schools.nyc.gov http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/CEC/GPInformation/CitywideCouncilonSpecialEducation/default.htm https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvd-isrjoqHtc7ka12bLL-Drsyi1YF0qmz

Parents to Improve School Transportation pistnyc@gmail.com 

FB PIST NYC Public Group & PIST NYC - Home Twitter School Bus Parents (@pistnyc) Blog  http://pistnyc.org/home.aspx 

Comite Timon de personas y familias Capitulo NY  Virtual Conversation Oct 24 2:00 p.m. 929-264-4150, 347-942-7413  chaptertimon@gmail.com https://twitter.com/timon_people 

Bronx Autism Family Support https://www.facebook.com/groups/BronxAutismFamilySupport/

4. Shortage of special education professionals for blended & remote learning

SURVEY: impact of teacher shortage on your child's educational services (SETSS, ICT, paraprofessional). Has link to check teacher certification by full name. Has no questions about busing. Offers you a chance to speak about it to the press. Due by October 19.


ENCUESTA: sobre la escasez de maestros de educación especial en la ciudad de NY

Contiene una enlace para chequear la certificación de cada maestra por su nombre y apellido. No hay preguntas sobre el transporte escolar. Ofrece la oportunidad de hablar con la prensa si quisiera. Devuelva antes del 19 de octubre. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYCTeacherShortage_Sp

This was created by activist therapists at https://specialsupportservices.com/ and you can follow the results at https://twitter.com/toysastools


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