Carmen Goodstein, President of the Yonkers Council of PTAs / PTSAs, speaks at the Patricia A. DiChiaro School in Yonkers about the lack of hybrid learning content on September 9, 2020.
Rockland / Westchester Journal News
Section 1 released updated fixtures for the boys and girls soccer league on Thursday, but several teams will be missing on September 29.
As the rest of the section prepare to return to the field, the Yonkers Public Schools announced that the district has postponed all fall sports until March.
This decision affects soccer teams of boys and girls from Gorton, Lincoln, Riverside, Roosevelt, Saunders, Yonkers High and Yonkers Montessori. They are the first schools in Section 1 to delay this sport in autumn.
PROGRAM STATE: Insight into soccer teams in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: NYSPHSAA postpones soccer, volleyball, cheers to March, what now?
CHSFL: Catholic League Postpones Football Season To March 2021; will play flag season this fall
With soccer, volleyball and cheering already postponed to the Fall II season slated to start March 1st, soccer was the last remaining sport for Yonkers' schools. They have no field hockey, girls' tennis, cross-country skiing or swimming teams.
Roosevelt is one of seven Yonkers high schools whose boys and girls' soccer teams are affected by the district's recent decision. (Photo: Mark Vergari / The Journal News)
"As a precaution, Yonkers has determined that to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, it is best to postpone our fall season," said Yonkers Public School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada an explanation. "Another factor is the uncertainty schools are facing this fall over COVID-19 restrictions, potential closings due to positive cases, and parenting concerns."
In the event that no other school district postpones their fall sports to March, the seven Yonkers football teams would play against each other in their own league in the Fall II season.
All Yonkers High Schools started distance learning on September 8th. The school district plans to continue doing this until it moves to a hybrid learning model in October.
"Our focus over the next two months is on successfully reopening our school to students using a hybrid scenario on October 5th," said Quezada. "In-person tuition is essential to the academic and socio-emotional development of our students. We know that strong public education is the universal stabilizer for the community. We fight for quality public education, and Yonkers is relentlessly committed to justice for our urban children. "
Follow Eugene Rapay on Twitter at @ erapay5. Don't miss any of our exclusive content during the season. If you haven't signed up yet, click here to see our latest deals.