Yonkers students return to school in sweltering conditions

School officials say they are maintaining a vigilant watch on outdoor conditions and taking measures to relocate activities indoors.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2023, 10:17 AM

Updated 226 days ago

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Students in Westchester's largest city returned to classrooms today and were met with scorching temperatures.
As the new school year kicks off, concerns are mounting over high temperatures and humidity. School officials say they are maintaining a vigilant watch on outdoor conditions and taking measures to relocate activities indoors.
With over 40 school and 25,000 students, Yonkers Public Schools stands as one of the largest districts in the state.
The district is undergoing a leadership transition as Dr. Luis Rodriguez assumes the position of retiring Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada. Rodriguez, who has been with the district for nine years, has previously served as assistant superintendent for special education. “I'm super excited to do what I can do to ensure that there is no backsliding with respect to the incredible accomplishments that this district has been able to achieve," says Rodriguez.
At Roosevelt High School, academic expectations are always high. "Our students graduate with anywhere from 12 to 24 college credits in addition to their high school credits and their Regents exams," says Edward Dechent, principal of Roosevelt High School. This achievement is attributed to Roosevelt's Early College Studies Program. Additionally, the school boasts a Global Academy, which enrolls students from 27 different countries.
Roosevelt High Principal Edward Dechent says they are looking forward to an exciting school year.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Luis Rodriguez says he hopes to build on the foundation laid by former Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada.


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