Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          April 14, 2021


Subject:     Administrator/District Non-Compliance with New York State Department of Health Guidance

We continue to hear of instances where the recent NYS Department of Health Guidance relating to the COVID-19 virus is not being followed by some administrators.


This is not only wrong, but it risks the lives and well-being of all students, parents, employees and our community.


We will continue our battle for safe schools/sites as we have in court, in the media, with the help of parents and, on a state level… wherever we can.


Enclosed, please find copies of some of the pages of the New York State Department of Health “Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” that we emailed to you on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Click Here)


As you know from reading the complete document, there are many more important sections, some of which I have underlined in the document sent to you on April 12, 2021.


However, if any of the procedures in the pages attached here (or any for that matter) are not being followed by your administrator(s), show them a copy of the relevant page(s) and inform them that you have been asked to notify BTF of the infraction(s).


Then notify your LRS (Click Here) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We will forward the information to the District and appropriate parties. No teachers’ names will be used.
One teacher has said that I have been overly dramatic in my correspondence.


If that and legal action is what it takes to ensure the safety of all, you can count on more.


The April 13, 2021 letter to the Superintendent you received has been forwarded to the media, parents, our state, etc.

Please stay well. Take no chances.