Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Tomorrow, principals will be sharing the next iteration of our Distance Learning Plan via email to parents. This update will include the framework of a new daily schedule for all students that is designed to provide families flexibility and structure as we seek to move education forward during these unusual times. This phase of the plan will not go into effect until Wednesday, April 1, providing time for our students, parents, and teachers to prepare for the changes. We hope that working under the new schedule Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will give everyone enough time to become acclimated so that when we return from spring break on April 13, we can hit the ground running with our virtual learning. Please note that our current learning opportunities and virtual office hours will continue on Monday and Tuesday of this week, with the exception of virtual office hours for K-12 Specials Classes, which will not be held.
Under this new learning schedule, families with multiple elementary students will need access to multiple devices so that students can participate simultaneously. Recognizing that some families may need additional devices, K-5 families with multiple elementary aged children who need additional devices may submit requests via email to their respective principal by noon tomorrow (Monday, March 30).
As a reminder, the District's meal service is 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. This service will continue to be available during spring break.
I hope that you and your families enjoyed a restful weekend and are ready to begin another productive week.
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.