Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
It's difficult to believe that as of this afternoon our school buildings have been closed for four weeks. It's a phenomena that I don't think anyone could have imagined before this pandemic overtook our region and one that has taken a toll on our community and world. It has already transformed us in ways that will not be fully known until this has all passed. While we all long for the time when we can reopen our buildings and have teachers and students meet together in classrooms instead of online, I remain immensely thankful for the work our faculty and staff have undertaken to change how we deliver education and for our parents' and students' willingness to adapt to these changes through all the bumps in the road.
This week we have continued to review and develop our Distance Learning plans with a specific focus on ensuring that the virtual environment in which we now operate is as safe as possible for students and staff. We have also been working to identify additional content-specific technology that we can implement as our efforts evolve. We plan to share additional information with regard to adjustments and expectations on Sunday in preparation for the week ahead.
While we do not yet know when our buildings will reopen, I know that when that time comes we will be awaiting our students with open arms. Until then, we will continue to adapt, change and evolve to meet the needs of our students in whatever way we can. Thank you for your continued support 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.