ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union has launched a new website to track safety concerns in districts across the state.
NYSUT is looking for information from parents, teachers and local community members in an effort to identify any health risks or violations of state mandates.
As cases rise across the country and in some parts of New York, we've launched a new COVID-tracking website to crowdsource reports of health and safety concerns identified by school staff members, parents and community members. https://t.co/rOiTf2D29V pic.twitter.com/8Zg1hDn05N
— NYSUT (@nysut) November 9, 2020
“A consistent flow of information about the safety of our schools is critical for educators, students and families, and this website is designed to help us all stay vigilant as the school year rolls on,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “Though we know some districts are working closely with their staffs to put health and safety first, problems still exist around the state. By empowering educators and community members to report their concerns, it’s our hope that we can elevate the voices of those who otherwise may go unheard.”
The website features a map, with red dots indicating that “safety reports” have been submitted at a certain school or district.
The person reporting will be prompted to pick one or more categories from the following:
- Face masks
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Social distancing
- Management of ill persons
- Hygiene practices and supplies
- Health screenings
There is a space to provide details on the conditions at the school, and upload photos or videos to support the claims.
As of Monday, there were no safety reports made in Oneida, Herkimer or Otsego counties.
To view the map, or make a safety report, click here.