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NYCDOE, where’s our masks?

July 17, 2020 pm31 2:35 pm

Write your NYC Council Person / Tweet your NYC Council Person

Write politicians? I usually don’t. Most days it’s just a great big time sink. But today? Safety in schools and COVID-19? Issues they all care about. So I’m writing.

We don’t have answers from Carranza? Fuzziness from our union? Let’s ask the elected officials to get us some answers.

I wrote an e-mail version, and a tweet version. I’m writing to my NYC Council member, plus others I know.

Email version

I am a NYC public school teacher.

{if you live or work in the council member’s district, put that info here}

And I am concerned that the reopening plans are leaving safety aside. I am worried for my school. I am worried for every school.

Have they ordered PPE?

How many masks do we need for September? And how many do they have on hand? Can you find out? How are they making up the shortfall?

Where are the hand sanitizer stations? They should be installing them in every school – now. But we see nothing. Can you ask them what’s going on?

Cuomo wants better ventilation. Every school will need upgrades. But nothing is happening, in almost any building, as far as we can tell. Can you ask them for their plan, instead of vague promises?

Anything you can do to get answers will help. Either they don’t think it is important for us to know, which is just wrong. Or they don’t have enough supplies, and aren’t saying anything.

Thank you,

Tweet version


I’m a NYC teacher. I’m worried for my school, for all schools. Have they ordered masks? Enough? Hand sanitizer stations? Where are they? Every school needs ventilation upgrades. Are they happening?

Can you ask? On 1st day we can’t have: “Just go inside, we’ll get to it”


(I then responded, adding that my school and my house were in his district in the follow-on tweet)

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