NYLCV urges state to lower lead levels in schools

Mar 9, 2021

New York should reduce the amount of lead that is allowed in school sinks and water fountains, according to a report from environmentalists. Long Island has the most number of schools that would be impacted, while Western New York and the Hudson Valley rank second and third because of how old the schools are in each region.

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School’s weren’t forced to close when Western New York’s COVID numbers sparked higher restriction levels, but high testing requirements and other measures left districts between a rock and a hard place. A group of parents are rallying to open area schools back to in-person learning.

A new national effort asks K-12 schools to voluntarily — and anonymously — report their confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases, along with the safety strategies they're using.

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COVID-19 cases continue to pile up in Erie County and the death toll continues to rise, with seven county residents dying in just the last week, mostly in nursing homes. That brings the death toll since the pandemic began to 689.

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Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students, though some students will learn remotely. Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19.

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New York State is considering the possibility of making the flu vaccine mandatory for students attending school this year for in-person learning, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Thursday, as public health officials urge the public to get vaccinated for the disease.

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As schools in New York State grapple with reopening plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also facing a temporary 20% cut in state funding, that could become permanent.

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The Ontario government has unveiled its plan for how it will handle a possible COVID-19 outbreak in schools. Premier Doug Ford said his government is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect children.

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With schools opening in three weeks, districts are still trying to figure out how it will all work.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York doesn’t have enough money in its budget to meet a requirement in President Donald Trump’s executive order to fund $100 a week in additional unemployment benefits.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday formally gave schools the green light to reopen, saying the coronavirus infection rate was low enough in New York for students to return to class in the coming weeks. But students and staff will have a very different experience at schools this year, with new precautions in place to prevent the disease from spreading.

As the debate continues over reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, one example out of Georgia is providing a lesson in how NOT to get back to school safely. "It was just amazing," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen of the images of the crowded hallways of North Paulding High School. "Nobody was socially-distanced. Nobody was wearing masks," said Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "We're going to get in trouble if we have that sort of thing happen." During an interview with WBFO, Nielsen shared some findings on the threats schools face and encouraged parents to "influence" school reopening plans.

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Canada’s largest school board has released plans for students returning in September. But there are concerns about the provincial government’s decision to keep classes the same size.

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It's crucial that parents and teachers feel comfortable for schools in New York to open successfully this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll decide this week on whether schools can partially or fully reopen in September. Meanwhile, many school districts have been busy figuring out safe ways to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have already made some preliminary decisions.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that there’s bipartisan support for a new federal stimulus plan that includes relief for schools and colleges.

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The re-opening of schools in September is garnering increased attention, and Congressman Brian Higgins weighed in on the issue yesterday.

Some 25,000 parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders in area schools responded to a survey on local district websites this month about reopening schools in September.

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Parents and teachers across New York are anxious about whether schools in New York will reopen in September. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hopes schools can reopen, but a lot can happen in the next two months that will influence his final decision.

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Saturday is the deadline for voters in the state’s school board and school budget elections to get their ballots in the mail.

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The Buffalo Public Schools district is continuing to deal with coronavirus on the fly, as things keep changing. The uncertainties are making it hard for officials to plan the future.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that all schools in New York state will be closed until the end of the academic year, while raising questions about summer school and even whether schools will reopen in the fall. 


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State funding for schools in New York could be slashed by nearly 50% if the federal government doesn’t send billions of dollars in aid for the state’s efforts in responding to COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Sunday.

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Schools in New York City may, or may not, be closed through the end of the academic year — we don’t know yet because Gov. Andrew Cuomo effectively nullified an announcement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Saturday saying those facilities would remain shuttered.

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The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut made the joint decision to close all bars and restaurants in those states beginning at 8 p.m. Monday to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.

Ontario's public school teachers are planning a massive protest at the legislature Friday, as they're set to hold a joint, provincewide strike.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ready to release his state budget plan on Tuesday, and public school spending will likely once again be an area of contention, as the state faces a $6 billion budget gap.

Several local school districts are getting a failing grade for the poor way in which they communicate with the public.  

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Buffalo will get 20 speed cameras to be used around schools from the time students start heading to class until they head home, and later for school events. Common Council members have some ideas about which schools should get the cameras.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the New York State Education Department to investigate accusations that staff members at East Middle School in Binghamton strip searched four African American girls in mid-January. In a press release, his office called the allegations “deeply disturbing and raise serious concerns of racial and gender bias.”