Yonkers Board of Education Adopts School Reopening Plan
YONKERS BOARD OF EDUCATION ADOPTS
SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS WITH ONLINE REMOTE INSTRUCTION
OCTOBER 5 TRANSITIONS TO HYBRID INSTRUCTION
YONKERS, NY - At the August 20, 2020 Board of Education Special Meeting, the Trustees adopted a resolution whereby all Yonkers Public Schools students will begin the school year using an Online Remote Instruction model according to our School Reopening Plan posted on the District’s website. Students will remain at home and teachers will provide online remote instruction from the school buildings. Instruction will begin for students as follows:
Tuesday, September 8 - Kindergarten through grade twelve (12) students begin instruction remotely,
Wednesday, September 9, Prekindergarten students will participate in a half-day orientation remotely,
Thursday, September 10, Prekindergarten students begin instruction remotely.
On Monday, October 5, all students districtwide will transition to a Hybrid Instruction model - all students are assigned to specific groups and receive instruction in-person at school sites on designated days of the week as well as online remotely from home on the other days of the week. Parents/guardians will have the option to continue their child’s education using only the Online Remote Instruction model.
In the July 31, 2020 message for the District’s School Reopening Plan, Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada noted that, the most complex opening of schools in our lifetime is before us for the 2020-2021 school year. This remains true today. The District’s priorities continue to be the health, safety and well-being of everyone, robust teaching and learning and equity. Yonkers Public Schools will not compromise on ensuring a safe, organized return to school for students, staff and families.
Today, in Dr. Edwin M. Quezada’s letter to the community he wrote, “This was not an easy decision. We are dealing with unprecedented circumstances that must constantly be balanced against the core of every decision we make - the academic, social-emotional and wellness needs of our students. Unequivocally, Yonkers children thrive through in-person instruction and interaction with our highly qualified caring administrators, teachers and staff. My recommendation to the Trustees was made after a thorough analysis of the facts, state education and health requirements, establishing partnerships with local health organizations, feedback from our school leadership teams, assessments from my Central Office administrative team and collaborations with our employee bargaining units.”