New York City special education teachers, especially those serving the neediest students, say the city has ignored the unique needs of students with disabilities in its plan to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. In interviews with Gothamist/WNYC, these teachers say they’re seeking more guidance on how to safely meet the instructional and emotional needs of their students, many of whom will not be able to adhere to mask mandates or social-distancing rules, before school starts next week.
A group of District 75 teachers and paraprofessionals sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, and Governor Andrew Cuomo on August 31st asking for a safety plan tailor-made for District 75, the city’s special education district serving students with more significant learning challenges. They say they have yet to receive an answer, or a plan.
“Talk to us. No one is doing that,” said Tameka Solomon, a