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Important Update for YCQ Families

13-May-2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

     We write to advise our faculty, employees, students and the community about the recent actions by the New York City Department of Health (“Department of Health”). As you are probably aware on Monday, May 13, 2019 the Department of Health temporarily closed the Yeshiva because of events related to the recent outbreak of measles in the metropolitan area. Therefore, YCQ will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

     The Yeshiva is fully cooperating with the Department of Health’s audit of the Yeshiva’s records. We are not aware of any Yeshiva student being exposed to the measles virus. Rather, the Department of Health’s audit of the Yeshiva was triggered by a single individual, who is an outside vendor of the Yeshiva and who was present on Yeshiva’s premises after apparently being exposed to the measles virus. Because the Yeshiva has no concrete evidence regarding any student being exposed, the Department of Health’s decision to temporarily close the Yeshiva appears to be merely precautionary. At this juncture, the Department of Health has reviewed a substantial majority of Yeshiva’s approximately one thousand (1,000) active student records to ensure that all active students are properly vaccinated. According to the Department of Health inspectors, the records of fewer than ten (10) students remain to be audited. The Yeshiva has proof of vaccination for all other active students.
 

    The Yeshiva is looking forward to its continued compliance with all applicable federal, state and municipal laws and regulations concerning the public health safety and the mandatory methods of preventing the outbreak of the measles virus. In this regard, the Yeshiva is already preparing an action plan to better its compliance and monitoring mechanisms. As part of the Yeshiva’s action plan, it will implement a new policy no later than the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester regarding its measles vaccination requirements.

    These are trying times for our students and their families, as well as the Yeshiva, its staff and the Department of Health inspectors, who are working tirelessly to complete the review as soon as possible to ensure an expeditious re-opening of the Yeshiva. We want to sincerely thank you for your understanding and the anticipated cooperation during this process.


Sincerely,
Yeshiva of Central Queens
Israel Glaser        Joel Wein 
Chairman             President