Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          September 2, 2020

Subject:     Requests for Accommodations

The District has finally provided information on the procedures for teachers/employees to apply for (request) an accommodation/leave, “Accommodating and leaves requests related to the COVID-19 pandemic” (click here).


If you chose to apply/request, please make a copy of your request and any correspondence from the District.


If you are denied, please contact you LRS immediately.


Also, so that we can keep track of the number of teachers who are applying for/requesting an accommodation/leave, please advise us that you have - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your names will, as always, be kept confidential.


Attached (click here) is the NYSUT developed chart of the New York State and Federal leave programs that we have previously posted.


We should be hearing soon from the court regarding our legal action.


We are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the District from implementing its mandate that teachers report to schools that are unsafe, until such time as there is a hearing as to whether the judge should issue an injunction until an arbitrator makes a decision on our grievance.


We are grieving on behalf of teachers now and students when they return.


Please stay safe. Take no chances.