Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          February 1, 2021


Subject:     Court Hearing

While Judge Emilio Colaiaovo denied or request for an immediate Temporary Restraining Order, he did issue a decision that there will be a full hearing on Friday, February 5, 2021 to determine whether he will issue a preliminary injunction on our motion to halt the reopening of the Buffalo Public Schools.


There will be testimony from individuals relating to the conditions in the schools.

  1. In preparation for that hearing, our attorneys have requested the following:
    Teacher’s name, position held, school they are assigned to, and that the teacher reported to work THIS week in-person.
  2. Work conditions in their classroom or school that they observed that were not safe – these should correspond to the information requested by the BTF on 10-14. So, an example is perhaps, a teacher who reported to school and there was insufficient PPE provided to adequately protect the staff such as no face masks, no sanitizer spray for classrooms, no gloves, etc. (Info Demand #5)
  3. Did the teacher take any pictures of the unsafe working conditions? If so, we will need the teacher to keep those pictures so that he or she can “Authenticate” them in court to show that they were taken by the actual teacher (not someone else) THIS week.
  4. Would the teacher be classified by the CDC as being a person more “vulnerable” to the COVID-19 virus due to any underlying medical conditions? Have they sought an accommodation? (This is determinative – but does help)
  6. If so, are they available on Friday?


If you are willing and can do the above, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your LRS (Click Here).