Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As we have since the beginning of this pandemic, we are continuing to monitor guidance from New York State as it relates to our plans for the remainder of the school year. Today, the State Education Department cancelled the August Regents Exams and we are awaiting further information about how long our building closure will last, which could come as soon as tomorrow. We will continue to share additional information as we receive it and adapt our plans accordingly.
Throughout this distance learning process, our faculty and staff have spent a considerable amount of time engaged in professional learning sessions designed to bolster their acumen in providing instruction, assessment, and feedback within this new virtual environment. Examples of this technology training include Google Classroom, Google Forms, using Smartphones as document cameras, and developing virtual learning rubrics. Teachers have also worked with consultants and District administrators on adapting reading, writing, math, science and social studies lessons for delivery through distance learning. Our special education department has been busy learning new ways to connect with their students, who often require a more personalized approach. These opportunities are essential to helping all of our students working in this new environment, and I thank our teachers and administrators for their hard work, focus and dedication to their craft.
In closing, I want to once again thank the Pelham community for your incredible support and commitment to education throughout these difficult times.
Cheryl H. Champ
Superintendent of Schools
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.