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The Buffalo Teachers Federation Says Teachers, Parents & Staff ‘Should Approve’ Buffalo Public Schools’ Reopening Plans

Published Thursday, December 24, 2020
by BTF News
The Buffalo Teachers Federation Says Teachers, Parents & Staff ‘Should Approve’ Buffalo Public Schools’ Reopening Plans

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) Executive Committee and Council of Delegates, consisting of representatives from all schools, are calling for Teachers, parents and Staff to approve the reopening plans of Buffalo’s Public Schools.

As such, the BTF Executive Committee and Council of Delegates approved and released the following resolution.

WHEREAS: Providing for the safe and finest education possible for our students entails ensuring that Teachers, parents, administrators and Staff - who know best and firsthand what is important, have input into and have confidence in the reopening plan for their school/site.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Buffalo Teachers call for said reopening plans be approved by each school’s/site’s Site Based Decision Making Team.

Each school’s Site Based Management Team (SBMT) is composed of: One (1) administrator; At least five (5) parents; At least five (5) Teachers; Teacher Aides/Assistants; Other School Staff; Students (Grade 5 and above) – all of which must be mandated members, by law.

“There must be delineated guidelines, procedures and safety measures established by the District.  However, since each school/site is, in many ways different, each School Site Based Management Team (SBMT) must provide the final approval for the reopening plan for their school/site,” BTF President Philip Rumore said.

“They are the people who know what is best for their school/site and who will be working together to provide for our students.  The exclusion of Teachers, Parents and Staff from making this decision is unacceptable and can harm the education and well-being of all,” Rumore said.

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