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Teachers at the Hunter College Campus Schools, who are represented by the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, protested outside their fortress-like Upper East Side school Wednesday to demand a safe reopening for students and teachers. Most of the school’s 1500 students are scheduled to begin hybrid instruction Monday, September 21, at the K-6 and 7-12 public schools administered by CUNY’s Hunter College.
More than one hundred teachers and staff are supposed to return, many to windowless classrooms. School administrators, led by Hunter College President Jennifer Raab and HCCS Director Lisa Siegmann, have refused to allow independent safety inspectors access to the school. Students and teachers in schools administered by the City’s Department of Education have random COVID-19 testing, room-by-room ventilation inspections, contact tracing and other health and safety protocols in place to reduce their potential exposure to the coronavirus. Raab and Siegmann have refused to allow th same protections for HCCS students and teachers.