- Yonkers Public Schools
Paideia 15 Update
The first day back at Paideia School 15 for grades prekindergarten through 4 and Ms. Soares and Ms. Garcia's classes was very productive for students and staff.
A message from Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintedent of Schools
Dear Paideia School 15 Learning Community,
Let me begin by thanking the entire Paideia School 15 family for your support and cooperation throughout the temporary relocation and the continuing repairs. My goal is to have open lines of communication, provide updates as necessary and access to my team.
With the lower grades returning to School 15 on Monday, I would like to make you aware of what the children may experience as we continue the roof repairs during normal working hours as well as weekends and off hours as required until the work is finished. Our anticipated completion is mid-December.
The main playfield will be open, but the small playground on the west side of the building will be closed. The bus pullouts in front of the building will be kept open, although the parking spaces in the lot on Westchester Avenue and some of the spaces in the back parking lot off Manhattan Avenue will be needed for contractor staging.
Any work done while students are in the building will be restricted to the exterior of the school. Sidewalk bridges will protect the entrances of the building. Roof workers will not be inside the building; they will have a separate exterior stair tower to the roof and exterior toilet facilities. The school will have a School Safety substitute to assist the administrative team. Minor additional work may continue inside the building such as HVAC upgrades; this will be limited to the boiler room or done after dismissal.
The third floor will not be used for classes because the required roof work would likely disrupt instruction. This work cannot be deferred until spring. The cold weather will break down roof work completed to date and may contribute to moisture issues inside the building. When adhesives or other potentially odorous materials are being applied to the roof, the roof top air handlers (which supply only the library and the auditorium) and vents will be closed. The fresh air supply in each classroom will not be affected because each room has fresh air unit ventilators as well as windows.
Cleaning, sampling and testing of the building is complete. Results and reports as they become available are posted on the School 15 website. The October 2, 2018 air sampling, (report dated October 9, 2018) indicated that the building was cleared for reoccupancy and use. The final air sampling taken on October 16, 2018, indicates the building is ready for students and staff. The final report is being completed by Adelaide Environmental Health Services and reviewed by LiRo Engineers when received will be posted on the website.
Any questions or comments should be directed to John P. Carr, Executive Director of School Facilities at 914 376 8008 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
As always, please feel free to call me with any questions.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:00 PM and 6:15 PM
Parents, Students and Staff are invited to an open house about the reopening of the school’s first and second floors for grades prekindergarten through 5 with the anticipated return on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Productive instruction continues at Robert C. Dodson and St. Bartholomew schools.
Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, Health and Italian are in place for students.
At St. Bartholomew’s School:
- Internet wiring is being completed, currently each classroom has an operational “hot spot”
- A new copy machine was installed and available for teachers
- Recess is available in a safe, fun, and positive area
The repair and rehabilitation work at Paideia School 15 due primarily to the roof failure is progressing. Adelaide Environmental Health Associates is monitoring interior restoration and conducting air quality sampling and testing as appropriate. LiRo Engineers, an independent auditor, is additionally providing environmental monitoring and expertise.
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools, has indicated that the first and second floor has the potential to be reoccupied on or about October 22. The third floor will remain closed until all roof repairs are completed. This will only occur after all air quality testing and facility inspections are completed to the satisfaction of the Board of Education. An open house for parents will be scheduled prior to the reopening of the school.
Yesterday, Dr. Quezada called all members of the School 15 learning community and reported the following:
- A meeting for the Paideia School community is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:45 PM in the auditorium of the Robert C. Dodson School. District administration will provide all available information to our parents.
- Instruction at St. Bartholomew and Dodson is going very well
- Supplies and materials have been delivered
- Technology has been provided
- Internet connectivity at St. Bartholomew should be in placed by the end of this week
- Air Sample Testing took place and the lab reported that all areas of School 15 are cleared for recoccupancy
- School 15 remains under construction due to full roof replacement, HVAC equipment upgrade and interior restoration
UPDATE: September 26, 2018
Class Instruction Resumes at Bartholomew School & Robert C. Dodson School Thursday, September 27
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, today announced the updated reassignment of Yonkers Public Schools’ Paideia School 15 students and staff who have been displaced due to mold remediation in the school building.
Students in Grades 5 - 8 should now report to St. Bartholomew School (278 Saw Mill River Rd) and students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4 should continue to report to the Robert C. Dodson School (GPS address, 160 Avondale Road) Thursday, September 27. Pick up and drop off times and locations for yellow bus transportation will remain the same for morning and afternoon. All Paideia School 15 after school activities are canceled.
“We are extremely grateful to the New York Archdiocese for accommodating our students as the District manages the mold remediation at Paideia School 15,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. “We will continue to communicate directly with the school’s parents on the transition and provide updates as they become available.”
Yonkers Public Schools evacuated Paideia School 15 on Monday afternoon immediately after learning ceiling tiles in sections of the school tested positive for mold. The building services approximately 576 students and 84 faculty and administrative staff.
UPDATE: September 25, 2018
Paideia 15 Closed Wednesday, September 26 for Mold Remediation
Students to Continue Instruction at Robert C. Dodson School and Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies Thursday, September 27
Yonkers Public Schools’ Paideia School 15 will be closed Wednesday, September 26 for mold remediation. Students will be redirected to neighboring schools on Thursday, September 27 to resume educational instruction, announced Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada.
Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4 should report to the Robert C. Dodson School (GPS address, 160 Avondale Road) and students in Grades 5 - 8 should report to Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies (631 Tuckahoe Road). Pick up times and locations for yellow bus transportation will remain the same for morning and afternoon. All Paideia School 15 after school activities are canceled.
“The District is working around the clock to prepare our students for instruction at these alternative locations,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. “Faculty and staff will use the next 24 hours to ensure the students transition seamlessly and that the learning conditions are appropriate for the students. We will continue to communicate directly with the school’s parents on the transition and provide updates as they become available.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano commented, “We have been working very closely with the District to ensure that the safety and well-being of our students remains paramount. Relocating the students while Paideia School 15 is being remediated is in the best interest of our students and staff. I commend the Board of Education and the Superintendent for acting swiftly and efficiently while dealing with this sensitive matter.”
Yonkers Public Schools evacuated Paideia School 15 yesterday immediately after learning ceiling tiles in sections of the school tested positive for mold. The building services approximately 576 students and 84 faculty and administrative staff.
Paideia 15 Closed Tuesday, September 25
(September 24, 2018) Yonkers Public Schools’ Paideia School 15 was closed immediately this afternoon due to ceiling tiles in sections of the school testing positive for mold. Out of an abundance of caution, Paideia School 15 families and faculty were notified immediately and were evacuated to nearby Annunciation School, announced Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada. The building, serving approximately 576 students and 84 faculty and administrative staff, will be closed tomorrow, September 25.
Air and bulk samples of drop ceiling tiles were conducted over the weekend after spotting was noticed on some classroom ceilings. Approximately a quarter of the samples taken tested positive for mold. Upon learning of the positive results, the Yonkers Board of Education along with Dr. Quezada immediately evacuated the school to Annunciation School at 465 Westchester Avenue, according to school emergency protocol.
“Our Paideia School 15 family has been notified of the emergency maintenance situation and the students and faculty all have been safely evacuated to our designed emergency location,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. “We will be contacting families early this evening to update them on the status of the abatement and when the building will reopen. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation during this time.”
Abatement of mold is scheduled to begin this evening. Yonkers Public Schools will continue to update the school community as the abatement continues.