July 17, 2020 — Governor Cuomo has announced guidelines for reopening schools in New York after the COVID-19 closures. New York Senate Candidate in the 27th Senate District, Liz Glass, has broken down all of the most important aspects of those guidelines using the Governor’s own words. She also includes many questions that remain unanswered. It is lengthy, but well worth the read for every New Yorker.
In summary from my point of view, Cuomo has announced guidelines for schools that will force no socialization, no physical human contact, no appropriate exercise, school’s will become fertile grounds for tracking the populace through mandatory contact tracing schemes, and they can be shutdown completely once again at a moments notice. All students & faculty must wear masks all day long regardless of any negative health impacts they may cause, and regardless of the fact that face masks have been found to have no benefit in preventing flu-like respiratory illnesses from being transmitted outside of medical settings.
To me this is all laying the ground work for Reimagine which Cuomo already stated on May 5th should replace in-person schooling in New York State.
Read what Elizabeth Glass has to say on these matters below, or if you prefer, watch her speak to all of these issues on Facebook by clicking HERE — End of FED UP DEM commentary:
Below written by ELIZABETH GLASS
Hi I’m Elizabeth Glass, a candidate for NYS Senate in Manhattan’s District 27. The Democratic primary was June 23, 2020, and as of today – July 16 – the Board of Elections is still counting the absentee ballots.
But the results from the in-person voting have been AMAZING…this campaign truly is a people’s movement, and I am proud to stand with you as we fight for our freedom, and our children’s future.
Speaking of our children, Governor Cuomo recently issued the 23-page “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Schools.” These guidelines will determine how New York State’s 688 school districts will reopen, as well as the educational fate of millions of New York children. Cuomo also presented a formula that will ascertain if they think it is safe for schools to reopen.
I will include in the comment section a summary of the guidelines, as well as pertinent and helpful links, but want to address the following issues with you right now:
1) General legal and scientific questions pertaining to the guidelines,
2) Mandatory face coverings, and
3) Contact tracing.
We could include countless other issues, but the vast majority of us have so little time, so it’s prudent to focus attention where it is most needed.
It should be noted that these issues are only relevant if schools open at all. Based on what’s been presented, there is no guarantee that that will happen, particularly in NYC… and once again, our homes will become juvenile house arrest, thanks to Governor Cuomo, as well as the state reps, including my opponent, who voted to give Cuomo such unchecked power.
(I’ll post info in the comment section more about that vote, the bill S7919/A9953).
I) General legal and scientific questions
Cuomo stated at the press conference:
“Schools open if the region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average (since “unPause” was lifted”…date not specified, but it is June 6).
“Schools close if (the) regional infection rate is greater than 9% using (a) 7-day average.” (after August 1st)
He also said “We will make formula determination during the week of August 1 to 7.”
“If the virus spikes between August 1 and the school opening date…the schools hit an emergency “close” button.”
He also said “We have more testing and data than any other state.”
Here are some questions for the Governor, and please share your thoughts in the comment section. Let me preface by saying my heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones to this virus. As a lifelong New Yorker, my family lost many wonderful friends, yet I know in my heart that they would want us to make decisions for our kids based on facts and reputable scientific studies, not fear.
Question: Summer camps in New York were allowed to open on June 29. There were no formulas involved in opening the camps. If camps could just open, why not schools?
Question: The guidelines do not include reputable scientific studies documenting that children are at risk of serious illness or mortality from the COVID-19 virus, or that they are significant vectors of transmission. Where are these studies? Do such studies exist?
Question: About these formulas and infection rates and time spans: the numbers seem random, like some DOH worker used one of those paper fortune tellers to come up with numbers. Where is the scientific justification for these formulas?
Question: Teachers and staff have no idea if they will have a job in less than eight weeks, and parents have no idea if their children will start school in less than eight weeks. It almost seems like Cuomo wants everyone unemployed, and to lose their assets. What do YOU think?
Question: Cuomo stated: “We have more testing and data than any other state.” We have more “data” than any other state because we have had more deaths than any other state. New York is 6% of the US population, but 30% of the COVID-19 deaths in the US were New Yorkers. Why is this failure presented as an attribute?
II) Face Coverings/Masks
At the press conference, Cuomo stated: “For schools that are authorized (to open) the students and staff must abide by social distancing and mask guidelines…(masks must be worn) when students and staff cannot maintain social distancing.”
Question: If masks work, why can’t schools simply reopen? Also, please provide reputable scientific studies demonstrating the efficacy and safety of mask-wearing for 6+ hours per day. (News Flash: There are no studies.)
III) Contact Tracing
Cuomo breezed over the topic of contact tracing at the July 13 press conference, merely stating that “Tracing has to work in the schools.”
Here is Cuomo’s description of contact tracing:
“As part of the strategy to reopen, we will…use contact tracing to limit the spread of the virus; and implement a phased return to a ‘new normal.’” (April 16, 2020 email)
(At a press conference on April 22) Cuomo described the “Test, Trace, Isolate” process in more detail:
“How does it work? You test a person (for COVID-19). If the person winds up positive, you then trace that person’s contacts.”
“Contacts,” are people you have been in close proximity to: co-workers, family, someone at a supermarket. This information is found via an app on your phone, which tracks your location, and shares this and your medical status with the government.
Cuomo continued: “…(For) every positive (person identified) you have to go back and trace…Once you trace and you find more (people who test) positive, then you isolate (them). They are under quarantine. They can’t go out. They can’t infect anyone else.”
There will be “Isolation Facilities” for people who test positive for COVID-19 and who cannot self-isolate.
Cuomo: “This entire operation has never been done before…you have never heard the words “test trace isolate” before. A few textbooks have (described) it, (but it has) never (been) done anywhere near this scale. So it is an intimidating exercise. But I say “so what?”
“We have to put together a tracing army…Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has volunteered to help develop the program which will recruit, hire, and train 17,000 tracers statewide.”
Question: If a student who participates in contact tracing comes into contact with infected people several times over the course of a year, how does this impact his or her education plan?
Question: Quarantining necessitates that the individual has his or her own bathroom. What if a child tests positive, the family only has one bathroom, but more than one kid…what happens?
Question: If the person who tests positive has no symptoms – they are asymptomatic, they feel fine, they’re healthy – required to self-isolate? What if they don’t want to quarantine?
Question: What about teachers and staff who are tested, traced, tracked and must quarantine? Will there be enough substitute teachers available?
On a final note: at a press conference, Cuomo quotes from a book about the Fall of the Roman Empire:
“When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then (they) ceased to be free” implying we should be responsible and comply with government orders for the greater good.
The truth is: as Americans, and as living human beings, we can’t wish for freedom; it is a critical responsibility that we fight for it, for our children, and our descendants.
Thank you for listening and your support, please like the Facebook page (Facebook.com/glassforsenate), follow me on Twitter (@glassforsenate) and Instagram (@glass_for_senate). The links for the social media are at glassforsenate.com
I am Liz Glass, a candidate for NY Senate in District 27. We are stronger together, and every one of us is essential.
Question: “If masks are worn in public at all times, how are children exposed at all, and forced to quarantine?”
Question: The 4th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects.” Isn’t contact tracing unconstitutional?
Interim COVID-19 Guidance for School: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Pre-K_to_Grade_12_Schools_MasterGuidence.pdf
Cuomo’s July 13 Press Conference: https://bit.ly/30i1mez
End to In-person Schooling in New York, by the Fed Up Democrat: https://thefedupdemocrat.home.blog/2020/05/05/cuomo-sees-end-to-in-person-schooling-in-new-york/
NYS on Contact Tracing: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing
Advocate Questions Why Cuomo is Opening Summer Day Camps, NY Post: https://nypost.com/2020/06/06/advocate-questions-why-cuomo-opening-summer-day-camps/
Facebook.com/glassforsenate post about the bill S7919/A9953, which gives Cuomo unchecked power in a “disaster”: https://bit.ly/3h0F7ka
Face Masks: Do they make us safer?
A Scientific Look at the Mask Fallacy – and Why We’re Told to Wear Them: https://www.rcreader.com/commentary/masks-dont-work-covid-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covide-19-social-policy
Anti-maskers: Right or Selfish? The Highwire with Del Bigtree:
Contact tracing in Rockland County: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/coronavirus/2020/07/02/clarkstown-coronavirus-cluster-skepticism-contact-tracing/5364538002/
Summary of “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for School”:
“If (the district) can reopen, follow the guidelines. Leave specifics to the school districts.”
Other parameters include:
• Lunch in classrooms and social distancing in cafeteria
• Schools must develop before and aftercare plan.
• Protocols for extracurricular activities
• Daily screening: temperature checks and forms that need to be filled out
• Cleaning & disinfecting procedures
• Possible closures as per health department
• Staff and students must participate in contact tracing (which I will describe).
Cuomo also spoke of the 20-member Reimagine Education Advisory Council, made up of 17 education officials, two teachers and one parent. Reimagine Education is an initiative by the Gates Foundation, which seeks to revolutionize education by ending in-school instruction, replacing it with distance learning.
The Council came up with guidelines, as well, including:
• Districts must have flexible plans
• Prioritize in-school learning for most needy students
• Maximize space in school and community to increase in-class time
• Prioritize arts, career, tech, and labs for in-person instruction
• Use innovative models like community schools
• Establish best practice for hybrid and remote instruction
Question: Since the Gates Foundation failed NY kids with “Common Core,” why is the organization being consulted on “Reimagine Education”?