Yonkers Public Schools Closed for Students March 13 – All Staff Report to Schools
Preparation for COVID-19 Prolonged School Closings and Enhanced Cleaning
YONKERS, NY – “As of this notice, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our schools, but we must be prepared for prolonged school closing. Therefore, all schools will be closed for students on Friday, March 13 for Superintendent’s Conference day,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada. “In addition, our custodial and food services staffs will do an enhanced cleaning in schools on Friday, and as necessary over the weekend. I have directed the yellow bus companies to thoroughly sanitize their buses.”
In preparation for school closings that would be mandated by the State and Westchester County Health Departments, the New York State Education Department guidelines indicate that school districts must provide continuous educational continuity. On March 13, Yonkers teachers and administrators will develop school-based instructional continuity plans that will offer opportunities for educational continuity that can be accomplished at home. These materials will offer students the ability to practice their skills and progress towards graduation requirements. The instructional materials may be available through electronic learning school and teacher webpages as well as homework packets.
During school closures, instructional materials will be available at the District website under the tab Electronic Learning. They will include English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics materials for grades kindergarten through six. For grades seven through twelve, the materials will include ELA, mathematics, science and social studies. There will also be resource pages for Multilingual Learners (MLL) and Students with Disabilities (SWD) to help parents and guardians support instruction at home. The learning materials will be provided to students in hard copies and will be available on the District’s website, yonkerspublicschools.org