BTF says teachers reject reopening plan

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Teachers Federation released a survey showing 86 percent of those polled do not believe the Buffalo Schools reopening plan provides for a safe reopening.

3,155 Teachers completed the survey. BTF has email addresses of 3653 teachers, therefore, 86% of teachers responded.

86.56% DO NOT think the “Buffalo Public Schools 2020 Reopening Plan” provides for a safe reopening for Buffalo students, parents and staff.

82.08% DO NOT support the “Buffalo Public Schools 2020-2021 Reopening Plan" "Working Draft" submitted to New York State on July 31, 2020.

13.65% Think the "Buffalo Public Schools 2020-2021 Reopening Plan" is a good start at developing a reopening plan.

71.95% DO NOT support the two (2) day/three (3) day hybrid rotation schedule.

76.20% DO NOT support the delineation of how school buildings will be sanitized during and after schools.

90.24% DO NOT support face masks being encouraged but not mandatory.

81.12% DO NOT support the delineation of how health screenings will be conducted.

76.66% DO NOT support the delineation of procedures to be followed once a person is possibly infected or found to be infected with the virus.

70.14% DO NOT support how parents/staff will be notified of suspected/actual virus incidents.83.22% DO NOT support the delineation of how incidents of non-compliance with established health/safety protocols will be handled.

78.89% DO NOT agree with the delineation of how many nurses will be assigned to each building.

60.39% DO NOT support the delineation of how curriculum will be modified for virtual learning.


67.55% SUPPORT that there be a delineation of how teachers’ input will be sought, made known and incorporated into the reopening plan to be adopted.

82.32% SUPPORT a delineated process that will be used for the reopening plan to be adopted that includes a vote of the Board of Education, the District Reopening Committee, District Parent Organizations and Employee Unions.


With only weeks to go before school is supposed to start, Rumore said the school year may have to start later or go all virtual. A later start to the school year would require a waiver from the governor on the required 180 days of instruction.

"I have 150 to 250 emails from teachers on their concerns about in-person learning. Who will be taking temperatures, what is the protocol if someone tests positive, what about special education students? We are compiling those concerns now," he said.