Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Today, Governor Cuomo extended the state's school building closure until April 29. Additionally, the New York State Board of Regents announced cancellation of all regents exams scheduled for this June. Though neither action comes as a surprise, they are a reminder of the continued impact of this pandemic on our schools. Please know that we continue to discuss ways to fairly assess content mastery during this time and are awaiting further guidance from the state with regard to how the cancellation of regents will impact various graduation pathways. We will share more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, we will continue working to provide meaningful distance learning opportunities and educational experiences for as long as our buildings remain closed.
As we prepare for an extended period of our schools being closed and as the time spent in physical isolation from our friends and family increases, there will continue to be stresses on all of our lives. Please remember to check our Coronavirus webpage, which has been recently updated with a variety of new resources spanning several topics that families may find helpful in navigating this health crisis.
In closing, I'm sure many have seen recent data and reports indicating that our region may be nearing the peak of the pandemic. While we are hopeful that this is a sign of brighter days to come, it remains early and it is essential that we continue to practice social distancing. It is incumbent upon all of us to be diligent and continue to remind our family, friends and neighbors to do the same.
I hope you are all healthy and please enjoy a pleasant evening.
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.
- 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.