Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
I hope that many of you were able to take advantage of the incredible weather that we had this weekend. Taking a walk or bike ride outside in the comfort of spring feels especially gratifying after spending so much time inside of our homes during the week. While we encourage families to spend time outdoors and have time for children to play and experience nature to the extent possible, it remains critically important that we all continue to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Per Governor Cuomo's executive order, we must all remember to wear masks/face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible and be sure to keep at least six feet apart.
Friday's news that our buildings will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year remains difficult to grasp for us all. In addition to planning for distance learning for the duration of the year, we are also developing plans for a number of resulting issues. These of course include plans for graduation, moving-up ceremonies, and other year end events, but also creating a system for students and teachers to retrieve personal items from lockers and classrooms or return textbooks and other materials. Please know that we are considering a variety of factors when developing these plans and will always keep safety in mind.
Over the weekend, we learned that the annual budget vote and school board member election has been moved to June 9 and all voting will take place by mail. This change, while prudent for public safety, is quite different from our normal procedures and we will be meeting this week to finalize our plans for preparing, providing and tabulating ballots. We will share more information as it becomes available. Please be reminded that this week's Board of Education meeting has been moved to 8:15pm on Tuesday, May 5. More information is available by reading the full meeting notice on the District website.
I hope that you are all healthy and ready for the week ahead.
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.
- 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.