The item for today is a blog post from School Custodial Engineers union, Local 891, wherein their President, Robert Troeller, shares that despite the policy announcements from the NYC Department of Education, there is no extra budget to allow for the kind of deep cleaning the schools will need and have been promised. He recommends, "Do not include DSF’s [Division of School Facilities] daily sanitizing protocols in your Annual Plan." He says this because they cannot maintain a balanced budget if they include the daily sanitizing protocols and they do not have more staff to complete the work in time.
In an article from June, Robert also shared that their budget had remained static despite extra work being mandated. He is quoted as saying, "It’s basically the same funding levels for staff that we had last fiscal year. Yet the staff is expected to do all this extra work. And I just don't know what's going to happen."
To me, that alone means schools buildings should not open.