City of Yonkers Cancels City Sponsored Programs in Effort to Contain the Spread of Covid-19
YONKERS, NY – March 12, 2020 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced several closures and cancellations of city sponsored events and programs in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada and the Yonkers Board of Trustees also announced all Yonkers Public Schools will be closed Friday, March 13 as a Superintendent’s Conference day for teachers and administrators to develop school-based instructional continuity plans.
“The Westchester Department of Health recently notified us that Yonkers currently has six confirmed cases of the coronavirus, none of which are directly linked to our schools,” said Mayor Spano. “Out of an abundance of caution as our area continues to manage the spread of COVID-19, Yonkers will cancel non-essential programs/facilities to limit public interaction among residents, especially ones involving those who are at high risk of contracting the virus. We will continue to monitor the impact of this pandemic and continue to reassess these programs and facilities in the coming weeks.”
Effective immediately, the following programs/events will be canceled through March 27:
· Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation Senior Recreational Programs at:
o Cola Community Center
o Scotti Community Center
o Bernice Spreckman Community Center
o Nodine Community Center
o Nepperhan Community Center
· Senior Centers at non-parks facilities at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Hall, Runyon House, Northeast Jewish Center, Nepperhan Community Center and Our Lady of Fatima
· Little Learners Program located at the Cola, Scotti, Spreckman Community Centers and Will Library
· All Parks Community Recreation and Developmentally Disabled Programs at Parks Facilities
· All indoor Parks Department program permits at Yonkers Public Schools
· All public programs scheduled at all Yonkers Public Library branches
· All Mayor Advisory Boards Meetings
· Mayor’s Mobile Tax Offices
· E.J. Murray’s Skating Rink
· Coyne Park Rifle Range
· City of Yonkers events through the end of March including Women of Distinction Ceremony, Yonkers Senior Spring Dance and the Yonkers Annual Skating Exhibition
*Note: All Office for the Aging nutritional programs for seniors will remain operational; sites will be closed starting Monday, March 16. Yonkers Animal Shelter will remain open by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
To limit residents’ need to visit City Hall to pay taxes due next month, City of Yonkers also will reimburse online credit card fees should taxpayers opt to pay taxes online at www.yonkersny.gov.
Yonkers Public Schools also will close Friday, March 13. In preparation for potential school closings as a result of any confirmed coronavirus cases, 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 will be available through electronic learning on school and teacher webpages as well as homework packets.
“There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our schools, but we must be prepared for prolonged school closing,” 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 company to thoroughly sanitize their buses.”
Rev. Steve Lopez, President of the Yonkers Public Schools Board of Trustees commented, “Should there be a need for school closures, instructional materials will be available at the District website. There will also be resources for Multilingual Learners (MLL) and Students with Disabilities (SWD) to help parents and guardians support instruction at home. The learning materials may be provided to students in hard copies and will be available on the District’s website, www.yonkerspublicschools.org.”
Mayor Spano added, “I want to reassure our residents that the administration and schools are in constant communication with the state and county health departments and we are assessing the needs of our residents on a continual basis. City departments have established business continuity plans so as to not disrupt necessary city services and programs. As always, we will continue to keep residents updated with information as it becomes available.”