Friday's COVID-19 Update

Dr. Champ

Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,

Today I was thrilled to hear some incredible feedback from our K-5 teachers and principals about their virtual experiences with students. To be sure, these interactions came with technical glitches and some chaotic moments, but to know that so many of our students were re-connected with their teachers brings all of us great joy. This evening, K-12 parents will receive a schedule from your school principals for virtual office hours next week. We look forward to seeing these opportunities evolve and continue to ask for your patience as we adapt to better meet the needs of our students. 

Throughout the week, we have been monitoring our operations in a number of areas so that we can allocate our resources appropriately. In working with our food service provider, we will be modifying our meal service plan for those who qualify for free and reduced lunch to coincide with the participation experienced this week. Starting Monday, both breakfast and lunch will only be available for pick-up at Hutchinson School between 8 and 10am. We will continue to monitor participation and will adjust the schedule as necessary. 

In accordance with updated guidance about the New York State and Westchester County states of emergency, the Pelham Public Schools is collecting information about the childcare needs for the children of essential health care workers and first responders who live in our community. 

Essential health care workers include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants or laboratory personnel. First responders include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, firefighters. police officers, and other public safety personnel.

Based on the availability of resources and the number of requests received, this childcare will be available for children ages 5 through 12, each weekday from 8am to 6pm. Please note that based on the requests, this service may be provided through a private child care center in the area, a neighboring public school site, or a Pelham School.

If you are a Pelham parent/guardian of a child ages 5 through 12 and you are an essential health care worker or first responder as listed above and need childcare, please complete this brief survey by Saturday, March 21 at 9pm.

In closing, I want to sincerely thank the entire community, including our faculty, staff, administrators, residents and the Board of Education for your incredible support. This week was one of the most trying we have ever faced, but knowing we are all in this together, I am confident that our best days are ahead.

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Social Distancing Guidelines

  • Stay home as much as possible, even if you feel healthy
  • Refrain from congregating in groups
  • 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

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

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