Buffalo Teachers Federation files lawsuit against Buffalo Schools saying they are unsafe

Posted at 8:31 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 20:45:36-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Teachers Federation lawsuit a petition in Erie County Supreme Court against Buffalo Public Schools saying that schools are not safe enough to reopen on Monday, February 1st for in-person learning.

In the lawsuit, the Buffalo Teachers Federation alleges that it has not seen proof that, "any building modifications or other precautionary health and safety measures have been made that would sufficiently change their facilities from the self-described 'volcano' of December 2020 to a safe and healthy school environment by February 1, 2021."

"What we are asking for is a temporary restraining order," said Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore. "Until such a time as an impartial arbitrator can rule on the merits because we feel that it presents a danger. We did not get satisfactory answers from the district as to the buildings were all safe."

Earlier this month, Rumore cited a survey of his teachers, who say more than 20-city school buildings lack either proper PPE, cleaning staff or proper ventilation.

During a session Wednesday night, parents and caregivers raised questions to the district before some students within Buffalo Public Schools return to in-person learning on February 1st.

Buffalo Public Schools open on Monday, February 1st for grades Pre-K-2, high school seniors, and those with the highest needs.

You can view the documents that were filed in court on Friday by clicking here.