The COVID-19 Protocol Complies With City of Yonkers Workforce Mandate
School District Employees Must Prove Vaccination by September 1, 2021 or
Undergo Weekly COVID-19 Testing.
YONKERS, NY – Today, at the Special Meeting of the Yonkers Board of Education, the Trustees adopted COVID-19 Protocol Resolution 4.1 in compliance with the City of Yonkers Workforce COVID- 19 Vaccine Mandate issued today by Mayor Mike Spano. The resolution was adopted to protect the safety of students and employees by preventing the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and in particular the COVID-19 Delta variant.
“The health and safety of our students, employees and families was our primary concern in every decision and action taken by the Trustees throughout this pandemic,” stated Board of Education Vice President Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio. “Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada successful implementation of the Board’s policies and strict adherence to CDC, New York State Departments of Education (NYSED) and Health (NYSDOH) guidelines, as well as Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH) guidance enabled our schools to hold in-person instruction since October 2020.”
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools added, “the only way that all of our students can return to 5-days of in-person instruction is to follow the guidance of medical professionals that includes vaccination and testing. We will be relentless and continue to pursue opportunities for vaccines and testing as we did last school year. With our employees protected we can restore and renew our learning community, thereby providing our children and families hope for a brighter future.”
Yonkers Board of Education employees and students must continue to wear masks at all times regardless of vaccination status while at school. The resolution states, that on or before September 1, 2021, all employees of the Board of Education must be vaccinated or tested on a regular basis. All employees must provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result based on a COVID-19 test administered within the prior seven-day period on a regular basis in accordance with the procedures and protocols implemented by the Superintendent of Schools and/or his designee.