Yonkers SD: 6 staff members positive for COVID-19 since start of remote classes

Several teachers in the Yonkers school district have tested positive for COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Sep 15, 2020, 2:41 AM

Updated 1,369 days ago

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Several teachers in the Yonkers school district have tested positive for COVID-19. 
There have been six positive cases of coronavirus since remote classes started back up again at Yonkers Public Schools last week. 
The school district confirmed that the six cases are among staff at three buildings — School 17, Roosevelt High School and Saunders, which just reported a case on Saturday. Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says having six infected staff members out of a workforce of about 4,000 is a reassuring percentage when it comes to welcoming kids back to classrooms next month. 
"Less than a quarter of a percent of everyone that has been coming to our school has reported positive, only six cases, so if that's the case, then we should be very confident in saying that are schools can reopen for the hybrid model on Oct. 5," he says. 
The superintendent also says each case is being handled individually, depending on exposure.Saunders was cleaned Monday and will reopen Tuesday because the exposure was low. 
Roosevelt High School is said to have no exposure besides the infected staff person — it was cleaned in one night and never closed.
At School 17, the superintendent says higher exposure caused the building to remain closed for cleaning until this Friday. 


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