Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Almost unbelievably, our buildings have now been closed for two full months -- something that I don't think any of us thought would have been possible back in March. Thankfully, our state, region and the Pelham community continue to make progress in curbing COVID-19. The number of new cases is declining and the number of lives being lost each day, while still too high, is significantly lower than it was at the peak of the virus. Please be sure that you and your children continue to practice social distancing when in public. The more diligent we are, the sooner it will be safe for restrictions to ease and life to gradually return to normal.
As we enter the final weeks of the academic year we are continuing to work on alternate plans for many school functions that occur around this time of year. Of course that includes end-of-year events/celebrations and the budget vote, but also a number of other items. In the coming days, parents of incoming kindergartners should receive an online survey which will be used for Kindergarten screening this year. We are also finalizing plans for returning personal items from lockers and desks throughout all of our schools. Each of these decisions takes time as there are a variety of moving parts and safety considerations at play. We appreciate your continued patience and plan to share more information as soon as we can.
Please enjoy the beautiful spring evening and thank you for your continued support.
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.