Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          October 28, 2021


Subject:     District Testing/Vaccine Mandate/Other Updates

COVID Testing/Vaccination
Yes, there are differences relating to mandating vaccinations, masks, etc. There always will be differences.
What Buffalo teachers and many other teachers have always done, is to attempt to, while disagreeing with one another, be open to discuss our differences without hostility, and continue to work together in the interests of our students.


From what I am hearing, this has continued through these difficult times.
You are the best. No, the very best.

- Phil

District COVID-19 Testing Directive
As per our last email to you, we have made a demand to negotiate the impact of the COVID-19 testing directive. If necessary, we will take further legal action.


We will also be in conference with NYSUT attorneys regarding the requirement for teachers to “agree, certify, and/or authorize the information above and further agree that I and my heirs, executors and assigns hereby release CEI, Affinity Empowering, and other reference laboratories, including their respective employees, agents, and contractors from any and all liability and claims” as well as other issues you have raised.


Please continue to advise your LRS (Click Here) of any lack of safety equipment, lack of COVID-19 testing available, or any serious issues.


Starting on Monday, we will be forwarding answers to questions asked by teachers that we have received from NYSUT and the Superintendent.


We will continue to do so as they are received.


Concurrent/Simultaneous Non-Instruction
We will have our first concurrent/virtual instruction negotiation session on Friday, October 29, 2021 (1:30–3:30).


Our position on Concurrent/Simultaneous non-instruction is, “No”.


We have checked with surrounding districts. Apparently, no other district is requiring concurrent/simultaneous non-education. This includes Niagara Falls and Rochester.


They apparently care about the education of their students.


Free BPO Music Pass for BPS High School Students
Free BPO Symphony Hall Passes will be made available to Buffalo students.


Flyers will be sent to all schools including PreK-8 as many Buffalo teachers have children who are Buffalo students. They are available for other students at a cost of $29.


We thank the sponsors George and Bodil Gellman for their generosity.

BTF Grievance - Lack of Payment to Teachers for Extra Activities
The BTF is currently proceeding in a grievance against the District for any extra pay that is lacking for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have previously submitted your information, we are asking that you do so again in this survey (Link Below), so we can access and provide this information to the District in a convenient format.


Please fill out a survey for each day/activity for which you are unpaid.