Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Over the past two weeks many have spoken out, protested, and rightly called for action to ensure justice and equality. It is important to recognize that the destructive treatment that is being protested has not happened solely in some far away place, but also here in our community. We must acknowledge the painful experiences many have shared and do better moving forward.
In developing our Strategic Plan, it became clear from the feedback of students, teachers, administrators and parents that work in this area was both valued and necessary, which led to the inclusion of Cultural Competence as one of our three goal areas. We encourage the community to learn more about our goals and action steps on the District website. In the coming days we plan to share further details about the work that is ongoing in the District so that our community has a clear understanding of our progress in this area, as well as future plans.
This work will be some of the most difficult we face as a school district and community and we remain committed, now more than ever, to ensuring that we continue to make the strides that we know are necessary. We look forward to partnering with the Pelham community in the days, weeks, and years ahead.
Social Distancing Guidelines
- Stay home as much as possible, even if you feel healthy
- Refrain from congregating in groups and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
- Refrain from social gatherings, playdates and sleepovers with friends
- Do not visit public playgrounds
- Use caution when visiting grocery stores/pharmacies and consider delivery services for food and groceries.
- When maintaining social distancing is not possible, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth or mask when you leave home.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Contact Information for Social Workers and Student Assistance Counselor
Our social workers and student assistance counselor continue to be available to support those who are experiencing hardships and need assistance. Please feel free to contact:
- Kristin Quintano, Social Worker, 914-738-3434 x1295
- Sharon Charles, Social Worker, 914-738-8190 x1218
- Kelley-Anne Lonergan, Student Assistance Counselor, 914-738-8182
Information on Community Organizations Offering Assistance
Additionally, organizations such as Pelham Together, the Junior League of Pelham and our faith community have offered their assistance with those families with a variety of needs, including food, child care, and other demands of day-to-day life. The Pelham Civic Association is also available for families that have fallen on hard times due to this pandemic. Please feel free to reach out in confidentiality for potential assistance to Richard Davidian, Vice President, Community programs at Richard.Davidian1@gmail.com (914-552-0872) or Dr. Stan Trocchia, Chairman, Good Neighbors program Goodneighbors@pelhamcivics.org.