Recognizing the many new challenges we collectively face in keeping our school buildings open this year, it is essential, now more than ever, that our school community as a whole continues to commit to making responsible decisions and adhering to public health guidance that is in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, we are asking all students and their families to read and agree to the following expectations for the upcoming school year and complete this Google Form no later than this Friday, September 18, 2020. While we recognize that many of these expectations apply more to students/families in the middle and high school, we are asking all families to acknowledge this agreement in the interest of public health in solidarity as one united community.
Students must wear mask/face coverings around their mouth and nose at all times when in school unless permitted to remove it by a staff member (i.e. for snack, lunch, mask break) or if the student has a medically valid reason to not wear a mask/face covering, documented by proper authorization/communication from a medical professional who treats the child.
Students must maintain appropriate physical distancing from others, follow directional signs in hallways/stairways, and respect the personal space of others.
Students' temperatures must be taken each day before school and they must bring a completed Daily Health Screening (either by the ezSCRN app when it is rolled out or the Student Health Questionnaire paper form) when they report to school.
Students must not attend school if they are sick.
Everyone must act in accordance with guidance from state and local health departments as well as District/school rules and regulations. These include, but are not limited to:
Adhering to the Executive Orders in place relating to social gatherings (currently, prohibition of attendance at gatherings of more than 50 individuals). Students must observe facemask and social distancing protocols when attending gatherings or social events outside of school.
Quarantining/isolating if directed to do so by the local health department.
Complying with the travel restrictions enacted by the State of New York.
By acknowledging this agreement, we are sending a strong message that we will work together as members of an educational community, neighbors, and a Pelham community that cares for and is committed to one another. It is only by working together that our schools can remain open and our students can continue to learn in person from their teachers.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming Cohort B to school on Thursday and Friday.
Cheryl Champ, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools