Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
On Wednesday, the Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year. Importantly, the two Superintendent's Conference Days that always begin the school year have been moved prior to Labor Day and the first day of school for students K-12 is now Tuesday, September 8, 2020. These changes provide an earlier start to instruction and more flexibility within the school year. Please know that the first day of school will still be an early dismissal for K-5 students as it has been in prior years. The revised calendar can be viewed on the District website. Other dates of note are as follows:
The Holiday Recess will now begin Wednesday, December 23 and run through January 1
The Presidents Day/Winter Recess will be February 15-19
Spring Break will begin Monday, March 29 and run through Monday, April 5
Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for December 2-4 and March 18-19
The last day of school for grades K-6 is June 25
Dates for all two-hour delays for Professional Learning will be forthcoming
As always, this calendar is subject to change and that is especially true now as we continue to navigate when we will return to school and how that will occur. We will continue to update the community as things evolve.
Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to participate in the Thoughtexchange regarding our plans for next school year. We hope that even more parents and community members will share their feedback as we consider a variety of options for the 2020-21 year. Please be sure to both share your ideas and concerns about planning for next school year and rate the thoughts of others. As a reminder, while anonymous, all thoughts can be seen by other participants.
Please enjoy a restful weekend.
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.