Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Even under normal circumstances, the spring is one of the busiest times for our District and this year is no different. In addition to continuing our efforts on distance learning, we are pressing forward with a number of key functions and processes. Importantly, we are continuing screening and interviews for our open administrative and teaching positions while also monitoring enrollments and course requests for the coming school year.
Work is also progressing on the new Hutchinson School and the synthetic turf at the Glover Complex. We look forward to watching both projects develop over the coming weeks and making good use of them once the pandemic subsides. The District, in conjunction with our architect and construction manager, continue to review the feasibility of the remaining bond projects, including the high school/middle school interior renovations and the Prospect HIll addition and bathroom renovations, all of which have been complicated by the current health crisis. The Board of Education is expected to discuss these projects in further detail at its meeting tomorrow evening, which can be viewed via Youtube live at around 7pm.
Under the stewardship of our Business Office, development of the 2020-21 budget proposal is ongoing and we will be working with the Board of Education to present a responsible plan for next school year in the coming weeks. As the COVID-19 situation has unfolded, we have worked hard to adjust our budgetary efforts based on the best available information. We continue to monitor guidance from the County and State with regard to changes in revenue projections and are also working closely with the administrative team to understand and prioritize programmatic needs. In the coming weeks, we will share additional details and look forward to offering a budget that balances the needs of our students with those of our residents and taxpayers.
In closing I want to extend my sincerest thanks to our administrators, faculty, and staff for their hard work to keep our District moving forward during these difficult times. We do not yet know when our buildings will reopen, but when the time comes, I am confident we will be ready.
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.
- Consider covering 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.