The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hezitorial
The following post was noted on the SW Yonkers’ Hamlet Hub under the lede, “Yonkers Public School Employees Exposed to Coronavirus”. The post is designated to have been published on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, posted at 02:06, and written by Yonkers Public Schools.
It continues by asserting, “Yonkers Public School Superintendent, Edwin Quezada, states that some employees of the Yonkers Public school system have been exposed to the coronavirus. It then goes on to print … STATEMENT: From Superintendent Quezada, “It has come to our attention that individuals in several of our schools have been potentially exposed to people who tested positive for COVID-19. Each case has been investigated by the Westchester County Health Department and they have not recommended any school closings. If there is a confirmed case, that school community will be notified through all means available.”
There were three comments on the site at 7:47pm. They are as follows:
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“have been potentially exposed”. The headline left out the operative word “potentially”.
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Which schools why you hiding the answer
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Ms. Kimberly Nall asks, “Which schools???”
Seemingly disgruntled or upset, Rev. Stephen Lopez, Yonkers Board of Education Trustee President opens his “comment” by emphasizing the following with quotations marks: “have been potentially exposed”. The headline left out the operative word “potentially”. The reference to a “headline infers that a print, virtual print, or other communication medium has revealed such a headline. Which further begs the question why was the ‘headline” not divulged to every outlet in the City of Yonkers and even beyond?
Rev. Lopez’s comment implies that he knew of Dr. Quezada’s statement. But there is a problem to which Rev. Lopez informs, that is, that after the time the statement was published, and by Rev. Lopez’s admission in writing, that Rev. Lopez was uncomfortable that the word “potentially” was omitted from Dr. Quezada’s statement.
It is important to note that Dr. Quezada, Superintendent of the Yonkers Pubic School District is NOT the boss, he was hired by and answers to the Yonkers Board of Education Trustee President and the Yonkers Board of Eduction Trustees; not the other way around.
Worse still the Yonkers Tribune has learned that Dr. Quezada did not apprise Mayor Mike Spano of the statement or anything the statement alluded to or inferred to the reader, as attested by two of the people noted above who asked, “Which Schools???” and another person who stated, “Which schools; why you hiding the answer”?
In the meanwhile, guidance has not been forthcoming from Yonkers City Hall, not authorized to have been stated by Dr. Quezada, and no basis for Rev. Lopez to attempt to rationalize Dr. Quezada’s misstated
The Yonkers Tribune is pleased to note that SW Yonkers’ Hamlet Hub was in receipt of the statement and that they published it.
The Yonkers Tribune is not on such an email distribution list. Yonkers Tribune is also one of many other media outlets who continue to be denied the ability to inform their respective readership of what transpires in the Yonkers Public Schools District. While it may suit the Yonkers Public School District to deny some, but not all news media to be informed at the same time, even their managed effort to choose favorites and insider recipients of their debauched conduct, it still reaches the Yonkers Tribune and thereby to our readers. Both Dr. Quezada and Rev. Lopez are not up to the task of telling Yonkersites the truth.
Perhaps the Rev. Steve Lopez and Dr. Edwin Quezada will clean up after their own mess, but the Yonkers Tribune is doubtful their appreciating the severity of their misconduct. Which also begs the question if, based on such incompetence by Dr. Quezada and Rev. Lopez, what was the rational for prematurely extending Dr. Quezada’s contractual agreement for another 5 years.
Besides other media, have any parents become aware of Dr. Quezada’s statement? Did parents/guardians receive notice? Why not? Does the Yonkers Public School District have proof of such an email blast ever being sent out?
The bottom line; why was Mayor Mike Spano not informed?