Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
I continue to be impressed with how our Pelham community has rallied, providing help to those in need, securing or literally creating personal protective equipment for first responders and health care workers, and doing everything possible to remain positive in the most difficult of circumstances. Our ability to come together as one community, united to overcome this pandemic is powerful and speaks volumes about why Pelham is such a special place.
We learned today from the New York State Education Department that the June regents exams, which were cancelled yesterday, have been eliminated from the requirements for graduation for students enrolled in those courses this year. This means that students in grades 7-12 will not need to make up these cancelled exams in order to graduate, so long as they achieve a passing grade in the course as a whole. A variety of other regulatory adjustments were also made to assist students with disabilities and English learners in meeting the requirements to graduate. Students should speak to their school counselor about the implications of these changes on their individual circumstances. We will continue to discuss and share additional information with regard to fourth quarter assessments and final course grades as it becomes available.
As a reminder, our daily meal service continues to be available for any student in need. Breakfast and lunch are available for pick-up at Hutchinson School from 8 to 10am, Monday through Friday. Additionally, childcare for first responders and essential health care workers continues to be available. Please visit the District website to learn more.
In closing, I want to again express my deepest gratitude to everyone braving the front lines in this fight to contain COVID-19. Please know that you are appreciated by the entire Pelham Public Schools community.
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.