“Any time we can create a statewide standard and then we can hold people to it, that is going to be better for our students, for our staff and for our community,” Herringshaw said. The board member does not believe that a teacher strike is on the cards, and said the focus of many educators he’s talked to is one of a healthy return to the classroom. Joseph Herringshaw is a member of NYSUT’s board of directors, and said the goal this fall is safety for all. The organization is demanding New York State put in place a statewide 14-day closure of a building, and a move to remote learning if a student or staff members tests positive for the virus this fall. Additionally, Herringshaw serves as the president of the Vestal Teachers Association, and said locally, superintendents and districts are working hard to put manageable and adjustable plans forward to create a safe reopening of the educational year. But Herringshaw emphasizing that with state policy, safety and health of those at school can be helped out. “I think we’ve seen a collaborative approach to the process,” he said. “This isn’t just a teacher issue or a NYSUT issue, this is a community issue,” he said. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — As of Thursday, a decision about the fate of schools this fall has yet to be made, but now, New York State United Teachers is calling for a statewide policy to be put in place. Herringshaw believes this uniform safety guideline can help give everyone an equal chance to be healthy and safe.