Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
Since the outset of the pandemic, we, like other school districts, have worked to respond and adhere to the periodic guidance provided through the Governor's Executive Order regarding schools in NY State. In analyzing the totality of the situation as it stands today, we have determined that the last day of live distance learning will be Wednesday, June 17 for all Pelham students. We are firming up details for moving up ceremonies, and other events related to the end of school, and principals will continue to communicate those plans to parents and students when they are determined.
At the elementary level, online learning lessons and activities that extend through June 26 will be made available for those who wish to take advantage of them. Elementary students who were provided school issued Chromebooks will be permitted to keep them over the summer if needed.
Recognizing that regular summer camps and activities may not be an option for families, our curriculum team is creating a bank of summer learning resources for students at all levels so that families can supplement their summer activities if they so choose. This will include the availability of IXL and Raz Kids through August 14 for elementary students as well as other resources. Additional information about these opportunities will be made available in the coming weeks.
As we prepare for next school year, we are all hopeful of reopening our buildings and returning to a normal schedule as soon as it is safe. That said, the uncertainty of the pandemic means that we must prepare for a variety of scenarios come September, including the possibilities of a partial reopening or a more interactive distance learning approach, as well as a hybrid approach should circumstances warrant. These discussions are already underway and we look forward to expanding them to involve stakeholder feedback and input in the coming weeks.
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.