Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Since the beginning of this health crisis, we have done our best to notify families about possible exposures to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. As of tomorrow, our schools will have been closed for a full two weeks - equivalent to the incubation period for COVID-19. Based on guidance from the Department of Health, notifications are no longer needed going forward as any new positive cases were not likely a result of direct contact while at school. While our notifications about positive tests will stop, we still encourage families to contact principals about confirmed COVID-19 cases so that we can continue to track known cases internally and make informed decisions about when to reopen school.
This two week milestone is difficult to fathom. On behalf of our entire school system, we are saddened that our buildings remain closed and that the day-to-day human interactions school provides are still on pause. Conversely, as I look back on the past 14 days, I am proud of how our teachers, administrators, parents and community have come together in so many ways for the greater good. Whether it be to provide education in a new way, support those in need of food, technology or childcare, or scrape together materials to make sure our hospitals are better equipped, Pelham's resourcefulness in the face of adversity is inspiring.
As we continue to weather this health crisis, we understand that the economic reality of the situation may be creating additional difficulties for many families. Please know that the District's meal service is now available for any child in need, whether or not they qualify for free or reduced lunch. Both breakfast and lunch are available for pickup at Hutchinson School between 8 and 10am, Monday-Friday.
In closing tonight, please join me in keeping the thousands of people and families who have been affected by this virus in your thoughts and prayers. Together, we will get through this.
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.
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.