Governor Cuomo Announces All New York City, Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau Public School Will Close This Week to Limit Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk to Close Beginning Monday, March 16

NYC Must Have a Plan in Place within 24 Hours to Ensure Children Who Rely on School Meals Continue Getting Support and Parents – Especially Critical Healthcare Workers and First Responders – Have Access to Child Care

Cuomo: “Any school closings need to be done with these contingencies in mind so that children are not harmed and our hospitals aren’t understaffed – otherwise we cut off our nose to spite our face.”

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

NEW YORK< NY — March 15, 2020 — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo late this afternoon announced New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk schools will close this week in an effort to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Schools in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

New York City must develop a plan within the next 24 hours to ensure children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to receive that support, and parents – especially critical healthcare workers and first responders – will be provided access to child care as needed. New York City schools will close early this week.

“Our goal is to slow the spread of the virus to a rate that the healthcare system can manage, and one of the ways to do that is to reduce density,” Governor Cuomo said. “Closing the schools is a good idea but you have to anticipate and correct any unintended consequences – we have to ensure children who rely on free school meals continue to get them and that there’s adequate child care, especially for healthcare workers and first responders who are parents of young children. We will close these schools but it needs to be done with these contingencies in mind so that children are not harmed and our hospitals aren’t understaffed – otherwise we cut off our nose to spite our face.”

The Governor also called on 1199 SEIU President George Gresham, New York State Nurses Association President Judy Sheridan Gonzalez, Greater New York Hospitals Association President Ken Raske and United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew to work together to ensure children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs will continue to receive that support, and parents will be provided access to child care as needed, including temporary daycare centers. These centers would prioritize care for children of healthcare workers and first responders to ensure these school closures do not strain the hospital and emergency response systems.

Earlier today, the Governor tasked SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras with working with counties to develop contingency plans in preparation for school closings, including how to provide meals to food insecure children and ensuring families have adequate access to childcare.

The county executives from Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau joined a conference call with Governor Cuomo earlier today to discuss the closures and said the following:

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Our county has been coordinating with the State to ensure an effective means of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Cancelling group events and meetings, limiting access for non-essential social contacts and anticipating additional testing and healthcare needs are all part of our response in concert with the Governor and his administration. Closing schools-with adequate childcare and nutrition provisions-is the next step we will undertake this week. We deeply appreciate the leadership shown by Governor Cuomo.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “Over the last several days we have worked with our state and local partners on the potential closure of schools as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to increase around the state. As part of our larger social distancing efforts, we came to the conclusion that closing schools is the right thing to do at this time. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership as we deal with this crisis as well as our school districts for their partnership and swift action to protect Suffolk families.”

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, “I thank Governor Cuomo for fully supporting our decision to close all public and private schools and for his unwavering commitment to ensure every child in Nassau County is fully taken care of while this crisis continues to unfold. We all agree that nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children.”

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SOURCE:  New York State | Executive Chamber | Press Office

 

eHeziGovernor Cuomo Announces All New York City, Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau Public School Will Close This Week to Limit Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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  1. I think there was an announcement that all schools in New York State will be closed for two starting the 18th of March with NYC closed until April 20th.

    1. All schools should be closed and not just certain ones. We have to protect all of our children, especially those children 12 and under who don’t really understand the consequences of this corona virus. Items I’m extremely worried for my 6 year old grandson, but I’m worried about all children as well, especially the children who DO NOT understand the consequences.

  2. YONKERS, NY — January 9, 2020 — The YonkersPolice Department is seeking applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard; current hour rate is $16 /hr. Interested applicants should contact Yonkers School Crossing Guard Supervisor Stephanie Waldie at (914) 377-7394 or by directing email to stephanie.waldie@YPD.YonkersNY.gov

    A poster ad on the Tribune.

  3. Although I am not a fan of the Governor at all, he has shown a remarkable amount of leadership and has risen to the occasion.

    Compare Cuomo’s proactive approach with that Mike Spano, who failed to deny the gravity of the situation and failed to act as a result. While the National Guard was deployed a few miles away in New Rochelle – the nation’s largest outbreak area – Mike Spano was saying that the coronavirus is little more than a flu.

    This is proof positive why you do not elect people like Mike Spano to positions of power. Because of rampant corruption, nepotism, and mismanagement, Yonkers is ill prepared to deal with any sort of stress test, much less a pandemic. And because the Spano administration has been unable to reign in spending year after year, our city has absolutely no rainy day fund. Yonkers is bankrupt and the OEM is a toothless sham. We will need to rely on state and federal handouts to get through this crisis.

    1. I think he doing an adequate job the only problem that I have is that with his press conferences he has a tendency to ramble on and on with repetitive stuff-be short and to the point then again he his a politician who likes to hear himself talk.

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      Great question. I do not know under what department crossing guards are paid. Are they part of the Yonkers Police Department, the Yonkers Public Schools. You may be able to discern who the paymaster is by looking at your last paycheck to learn who paid the salary. It may even be the City of Yonkers. If you do not have that information, perhaps a call to your City Councilperson will be able to advise you of the answer you seek.

      Perhaps a reader will tell us and with that information we can inquire who and when payment will be made even though you will not be engaged in working the normal crossing guard responsibility you conduct presently. Thank you for asking that question. We will know soon enough. — Kindly Hezi

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        The kindness of a reader who posted the following information is the way to go to have your questions answered.

        Yonkers School Crossing Guard Supervisor Stephanie Waldie at (914) 377-7394 or by directing email to stephanie.waldie@YPD.YonkersNY.gov

        Thank you again to someone in the know. Much appreciated by Hezi. Thank you again!

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