Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As the weather has gotten better and our collective fatigue from being at home has grown, it is understandable that children and young adults yearn for the social interaction that has now been missing for over two months. Though the spread of COVID-19 has been significantly curbed in our area, we still must be vigilant about staying home and practice social distancing when out in public. We ask that parents please speak with your children, especially those who are older and more independent, about the importance of social distancing and remind them to stay at least six feet apart from others and to wear a mask or face covering when they leave home. These strategies are proven to be effective and we must continue to do all we can to stay ahead of this virus.
This evening, the Board of Education will meet virtually at 8:15pm to consider the annual Property Tax Report Card, which is one of the New York State reporting requirements associated with the annual school budget vote. The meeting can be viewed on Youtube live. We anticipate that absentee ballots for the vote will be sent out to registered voters some time next week and we will provide an update once they are in the mail. As a reminder, ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5pm on Tuesday, June 9, so please be sure to mail them back quickly.
In closing, I want to once again express my deepest admiration to all the incredible health care workers and first responders who continue to do such an incredible job. Please remember to step outside and make some noise in their honor this evening at 7pm!
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.