Full-Time In-Person Planning


On Wednesday, March 10, the District announced plans to return elementary students back for in-person instruction five days a week beginning April 12 and shared a process for phasing in as many middle and high school students as possible before the end of the year. These plans were developed by the District administration with feedback from the Reopening Advisory Task Force composed of medical professionals, teachers, administrators and parents. 

An overview of the plans is available below. Additionally, families are encouraged to review the videos from the March 10 Board of Education meeting, and/or the morning and afternoon informational sessions held on Thursday, March 11

Overview of FTIP/In-Person Plans

Articles and Other Info

District Updates

Google slide detailing the secondary phase in plan

Middle school students will return for FTIP on April 19 and PMHS students will shift to a more robust hybrid model on April 26. 

Clipart of a calendar with a pencil point

April 7 will be a Cohort A in-person instructional day. Cohort B will learn remotely. 

Reopening Advisory Task Force Committee Members


Dr. Cheryl H. Champ, Superintendent of Schools, Kristen Burke, Town Council, Colonial Parent

Mission Statement

Pelham Union Free School District’s (“Pelham Schools”) policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in continuing the Pelham Schools’ vital mission of providing an education in a safe environment for our students, teachers and staff, as well as the entire Pelham community who interacts with students, teachers and staff. 

Pelham’s Reopening Advisory Task Force (the “Task Force”) was created to solicit the widest array of feedback from Pelham’s community, so as to provide input and feedback to the District and Board of Education on plan(s) for bringing Pelham children back to school in an environment that is safe, and which mirrors, as much as possible, the educational and co-curricular environment that existed for students prior to the advent of COVID-19.  The Task Force will strive to advise the District in efforts to meet the educational and social/emotional needs of our children and protect the safety and wellbeing of the staff, while recognizing the need to adhere to appropriate laws, regulations, orders, and guidelines relating to COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible.  

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated, as appropriate, as more information becomes available or as relevant guidelines, laws, ordinances are updated. Any updates to these recommendations will supersede all prior versions.


Dr. Steven Garcia, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel

Jim Hricay, Asst. Superintendent for business

Julia Chung, Asst. Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services

John Condon, Director of Facilities

Mark Berkowitz, PMHS Principal

Lynn Sabia, PMS Principal

Susan Gilbert, Colonial School Principal

Trisha Fitzgerald, Hutchinson Principal

Jeannine Carr, Prospect Hill Principal

Farid Johnson, Siwanoy Principal

Dr. Maria Thompson, Director of Humanities

Dr. Tom Callahan, Director of Math & Science

John Sebalos, Director of Technology

Alex Wolff, Public Information Officer


Mark Finegan, PMHS, Pelham Teachers Association President

Gail Sider, Hutchinson School, Pelham Teachers Association Vice President

Scott Brown, MS School Counselor, Pelham Teachers Association Grievance Chair

Christina Viggiano, Hutchinson School

Laura Hendrie, Colonial School

Janet Hoynes, Prospect Hill

Lisa Arbelaez, Siwanoy School

Rachel Pixley, Pelham Middle School

Jessica Waters, PMHS

Medical Professionals

Dr. Kusum Matthews

Dr. Jason D’Amore

Dr. Tracy Breen

Dr. Tiffany Hebert


Erin Ginsburg - Colonial

Stephanie Otero - Hutchinson

Cheri Pitamber - Hutchinson

Jessyka Calzolaio - Prospect Hill

Theresa Pignone - Prospect Hill

Kevin Ritchie - Siwanoy

Tara Weishaupl - Siwanoy

Jackie DeAngelis - PMS

Alexandra Drinkwine - PMHS

Laura Caruso - PMHS