They told The Post that principals would ruin the city’s schools if Mayor de Blasio reopened classrooms in September.
Frightened by their health and annoyed by the Department of Education’s “worrying lack” of safe reopening in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, 1,170 per cent of 1,70,077 public-school principals could drop it this year.
“They are waiting to see what happens. They want to see if they have to go inside. If they do, 300 people could retire, “said a Brooklyn boss, citing a number of people who were told by union president Mark Canizaro at a recent meeting.
As of February, 403 NYC principals, or 24 percent, are over the age of 55, said Craig Defolko, a spokesman for the Council of Supervisors and Administrators (CSA). People 50 years of age or older are at higher risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
Defolko Canizaro has denied the forecast of 300, but the union has confirmed that “there will be an incentive among retirees in the next 18 months” based on “internal conversations, retirement chapter calls, and requests for pension advice”.
Canizaro sent a scathing letter to members on July 23 stating that DOE’s relaxed plans would allow 1.1 million students to safely open schools in September, with a crazy-quilt schedule for both private classes and online education.
The letter lists 141 unanswered questions on protocol and instructional logistics. Canizaro said Friday that the union still has “serious concerns.”
Since March, the coronavirus has killed about 100 teachers and other school-based workers, including one school principal. Days-an-Roman, 36, and an assistant principal, Omara Flores, 55. This has made others unhappy – the education department has refused to release the number.
Working in the same Brownsville building as Romen, Kapa V High School principal Ronta Phillips, 48, was hospitalized for a week in March with COVID-19 and was out for another five weeks.
“As principals, we are in danger just like any other staff member. “We suffer the same fate,” Phillips told The Post.
If Mayor de Blasio launches schools in September, Phillips could take the step 22 years later.
“I’m still not 100 percent psychologically and emotionally,” he said.
“I’m sure a lot of principals, if they leave year after year, won’t come back after not giving them anymore.”
In February, the city will face a deportation after the principals agreed to a new agreement with a four-year increase in ret.
In District 6 of the Bronx, four principals have already applied for retirement, one said.
The audience’s story of Larry Lord, the veteran principal of PS 235 in East New York, gives colleagues a reason to think twice about returning.
“Everyone tells me I’m going to die. I was so bad,” Lord, 59, told The Post.
After the virus was caught in March, as schools were closed, Lord spent 87 days in hospital – 65 of them unconscious and on a ventilator – and then in a rehabilitation center for 22 days. The Lord has infected his wife Janet and two adult daughters, who have recovered.
Lord, nicknamed “Superman” for an arm tattoo, lost 60 pounds before going home on July 11, with a long way to go to regain motor skills, speech and strength, he retired after serving three decades at DOE – 22 years on PS 235.
“I know two or three other principals who have decided that they are over 55 and they want to bow down,” Lord said, adding that many teachers with asthma-like conditions or overweight people can also jump on board.
“Their doctors say, ‘You don’t go back, because if you do, it’s a death sentence.’
One of his principals in his forties believed he didn’t live. “I can’t wear a mask for more than 20 minutes without my asthma bothering me,” he said.
“Another colleague employed shortly before the COVID outbreak had heart disease and asthma. He doesn’t know what to do, “said the principal.” I’m in the same boat. I’d go if I could. “
However, he added, “Many of my colleagues want to go without health conditions. They are just tired and frustrated.
Rising star Nadia Lopez, 43, who founded Mott Hall Bridge Academy in Brownsville, became a sensation on Instagram when a student praised her on the “New York of Humans” site. Then he wrote a book at school.
But work-related stress – 12- to 14-hour days and his struggles, lack of support for high-poverty schools – led to an autoimmune kidney disease, he said: “In the end, my body said nothing more. It hit the bottom of the rock. Was. “
While on medical leave since last year, Lopez took steps in March to help staff and students move to remote education.
But Covid-19 forced him to choose between his profession and his health. He tweeted he was leaving the DOE on July 1:
“Unfortunately my resignation is not because I don’t like what I do, because school leaders deserved better behavior,” he wrote.