Westchester County has partnered with the Westchester County Superintendent’s Association to distribute child and adult-sized masks to students returning to in-person classes in the fall. The County latest stop was in Westchester’s largest city, Yonkers.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We are committed to minimizing COVID-19 exposure to keep students safe while they continue to stay in the classroom. Masks are a key component, especially for our most vulnerable population not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.” (see full announcement below)
Yonkers Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada said: “Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, County Executive Latimer, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, Dr. Sherlita Amler and the Health Department team have been dynamic partners. Together, with my team in Yonkers, we relentlessly work and find solutions to diminish the spread COVID-19 in our schools and community. Our common goal is clear, to keep all schools open for students and staff safe for in-person instruction, that is what our children, families and community require.”
The County has procured more than 200,000 specifically designed child-sized masks for students up to 12 years old.
The Yonkers School District received 14,000 child-sized masks and 11,150 adult-sized masks.
Masks have already been delivered to: Rye Neck UFSD, Croton-Harmon UFSD, White Plains CSD, Somers CSD, Pleasantville UFSD, Dobbs Ferry SD, Yorktown CSD, UFSD Tarrytown, Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD, Pelham Schools, Ossining UFSD, Mount Pleasant CSD, Byram Hills CSD, Bedford CSD, Blind Brook Schools. Elmsford UFSD, Port Chester UFSD, Bronxville School District, Scarsdale Schools, Mamaroneck Union Free School District Harrison Central School District and the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle.