Yonkers superintendent: District is prepared for migrant children entering school system

School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says the district is ready to help any migrant children with academic, social and emotional needs.

Emily Young and Lee Danuff

May 17, 2023, 10:24 AM

Updated 331 days ago

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At least four buses filled with migrants arrived in Yonkers, and officials are weighing how best to handle the situation - including the school superintendent.
Although Mayor Eric Adams said he wouldn't send any school-age children to Westchester County, Yonkers officials say the district is ready should migrant children enter their classrooms.
School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says the district is ready to help any migrant children with academic, social and emotional needs.
They have bilingual counselors and psychologists who can provide emotional support and educators who know how to work with children who have had their education interrupted.
They also have an adult education program that will be available to the migrant parents.
"That can assist you with learning the language, we can help you with a trade so you can be skilled in taking on a job. We have an adult education program that can also do the GED program. We also have individuals that can assist you with immigration, we have individuals that can help you with health concerns," says Quezada. 
In order to ensure these resources remain available to incoming migrants, the superintendent says the district needs funding from the city, the state and the federal governments.
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