COVID-19 Updates

School board members showed dismay at the board of education meeting Monday, Nov. 16, when district architect Kevin Walsh projected a September 2022 end date for when portable classrooms could…

Earlier this month, a three-minute time limit was established for public comments at school board meetings, but Scarsdale’s Board of Education will consider responding to speakers in real time.

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Not yet ready to say “uncle” when it comes to the possibility of high-risk winter sports basketball, ice hockey, wrestling and competitive cheerleading competing this winter, New York State Pu…

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Thanksgiving at Laurie Medvinsky’s Edgewood home is usually her family’s most eagerly anticipated holiday. Her mother, who passed away four years ago, absolutely adored the holiday, and would …

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The following was sent to parents late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 19:

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Below is a list of updates, things to do, things not to do, meetings, closings, openings, things you need to know/might want to know. We will update the list as new items come in. The most rec…

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The Restart Steering Committee, the group tasked with analyzing the school district’s reopening protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, reaffirmed the district’s commitment to 6 feet of physi…

With 10 active cases of COVID-19 in Scarsdale as of Nov. 10, we are fortunate the infection rates are not surging as they are in other areas, but 10 is double the number of cases we had a month ago.

Following an increase in coronavirus cases in the tri-state area, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new restrictions on Nov. 11 aimed at limiting the spread of the virus.

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After consulting with “state officials,” New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas tweeted Monday that “low and moderate-risk winter sports” — …

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The following was sent to parents late Wednesday night and posted on social media Thursday morning:

Addressing six pre-determined topics and answering nearly 50 questions from the chat function of Zoom, Scarsdale School District cabinet members spent 90 minutes Thursday, Oct. 29, updating th…

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Parents of students in grades K-2 may be getting what they’ve been asking for.

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The sparse turnout at the voting site inside Scarsdale High School on Election Day at 5 p.m., four hours before polls were due to close, was far from indicative of the ardor with which the Sca…

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After conducting 39 virtual focus groups on Zoom with some 400 students, parents, teachers and administrators over a week beginning Oct. 19, the Tri-State Consortium compiled feedback and rele…

The Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) will close its doors after 45 years of business due to COVID-19, according to a statement released Oct. 26.

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As municipalities continue to contend with the financial toll from the coronavirus pandemic, Scarsdale Village officials presented a new revenue shortfall projection during a work session Oct. 27.

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While the district contends with the reopening of school during the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of education has calculated the pandemic’s effects on the 2019-20 budget. During a board meetin…

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With data-driven feedback collected from parents, caregivers and teachers, Edgemont school administrators recommended the district hold off on providing full-day classes for students in grades…

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After running surveys for five days, Scarsdale School District released sample results Oct. 28 of responses provided by elementary, middle and high school parents, students and teachers who as…

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We are where we expected we’d be — actually better.

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At the request of Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, the Tri-State Consortium conducted 39 focus groups over Zoom representing close to 400 students, parents, teachers and a…

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It was bad enough Cooper Cohen was going to have to watch his senior season of boys soccer at Scarsdale High School from the sidelines after tearing his ACL in August — now he can’t even do that.

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Between Thursday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Scarsdale School District confirmed four more positive COVID-19 cases among the school community. The first and fourth both led to a cancel…

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With an Ardsley runner on his tail, Edgemont junior Adam Abramowitz crossed the finish line of the first cross-country meet of the season. Mask drenched with and dripping sweat and completely …

Like all things in education during this pandemic, after school clubs had to be reimagined, restructured or rebooted. Where once students participating in math club might literally put their h…

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There’s nothing quite like facing Mamaroneck under the lights, even if the outcome is a 2-0 loss on the opening day of the season.

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Families in the middle of Halloween planning right now are hearing warnings from health officials to make this year’s festivities COVID-safe. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of just about…

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In an email sent to the Scarsdale school community Thursday, Oct. 22, Superintendent Thomas Hagerman said the district learned earlier in the afternoon that an individual at the high school ha…

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If there’s one perceived flaw the Scarsdale School District and Board of Education can’t make a valid argument against, it definitely comes in the communication department.

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The sun has just set and kids in costumes are running up the steps of a house. Jesting and skipping, golden fall leaves swept away by their feet, they are hunting for their next sugary sweet. …

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Approximately 80 Scarsdale students and staff members began a mandatory 14-day quarantine Saturday, Oct. 17, after being exposed to someone in the Scarsdale High School cafeteria during the PS…

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As a former journalist and teacher, Andrea Stewart-Cousins understands the importance of communication and education. Even as a politician, that’s what the New York State Senate Majority Leade…

The Procedure Committee has announced this year’s slate for election to the nonpartisan Citizens Nominating Committee. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 10, and, due to the ongoing pandemic health…

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Following up on a commitment made this past summer, the Edgemont School District is weighing plans to return K-2 classes to on-site, full-day instruction and evaluating significant changes to …

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In a major win for downtown businesses, the board of trustees voted unanimously on Oct. 13 to extend two provisions set out in the village code that allows downtown street-facing merchants to …

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The Hartsdale Public Parking District passed a temporary emergency resolution on Oct. 7, which allows residents from outside unincorporated Greenburgh to buy daily passes to park in the distri…

While a junior varsity girls soccer game was being played at Blanford Field in Edgemont, the varsity team headed to Rye Neck to officially kick off the 2020 fall sports season Saturday afternoon.

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Zaza Aslanian knows to treat every game like it could be the last one of the season. Playing with her typical hard-nosed intensity, Aslanian led the Edgemont field hockey team to a 3-2 opening…

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By now, registered voters should have received a postcard from the Westchester County Board of Elections indicating the address of their polling locations for early voting and Election Day vot…

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A report by the Scarsdale Forum Education Committee released Oct. 8 recommends the school board and administration create a “new paradigm” to bolster communication with stakeholders and provid…

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Quaker Ridge Elementary School switched to fully remote learning Thursday, Oct. 15, as school district officials awaited rapid COVID-19 test results of two previously quarantined students who …

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On Friday, Oct. 16, the Scarsdale Recreation Department notified The Scarsdale Inquirer that one day earlier it had adopted a policy that all participants in recreation programs must wear mask…

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Festivity in the Hudson Valley usually shifts into high gear around Halloween, with local historic sites such as Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and Van Cortlandt Manor hosting themed events. Bu…

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Ann Marie Nee wrapped up her final Scarsdale Teachers Institute course of the 2019-20 school year — the milestone 50th year for the STI — on Saturday, March 7. Exhausted, she left everything a…

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Learning pods are the newest trend in pandemic education. Small groups of mask-wearing students learning together with a tutor, teacher or parent supplement their regular asynchronous and sync…

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Jennifer Wandle made it through four days of practice as the new Edgemont girls lacrosse coach last spring when the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic closed down schools, which did not reope…

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Geraldina Shabani always loved to sew and create. Growing up in Albania, her family owned a fabric business where her interest in sewing got its start. Morphing any fabric into something weara…

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Outspoken parents also have expressed frustration with Scarsdale School District leadership for being opaque, not inclusive and secretive throughout the restart process. That has been a refrai…

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These truly are challenging times. Everyone is anxious and overwhelmed.

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