Covid-19 is touching lives of many in Pelham school community, says Champ


Pelham Memorial High School

The Covid-19 “pandemic has touched the lives of many in our school community, including teachers, staff and administrators at the building and district level,” Pelham Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Champ said in an email sent Wednesday to residents of the Pelham School District.

“The impacts of dealing with illness and/or quarantines on our staff are creating additional challenges similar to what many of our families are facing,” she said in the email, which also discussed reactions to the rollout of distance learning.

More reports of Covid-19 are expected in the district, Champ said. Principals of schools will continue to communicate with families that may be directly affected. If contacted by a school principal, parents should call their physician or the New York State Department of Health at 888-364-3065 or 518-473-3697.

While the district will continue to communicate with families who may have been directly affected, Champ requested residents “not overwhelm our principals with emails as they are already inundated with other issues related to this health crisis.”

People may become aware of cases outside of official channels,  and “it is extremely important that we be supportive of these individuals, and I ask that all parents speak with their children about appropriate use of social media when communicating with others,” the superintendent said.

There is no an official count available for cases of Covid-19 in Pelham or in the Pelham schools. There are 538 cases in Westchester County, according to the New York State Department of Health’s website.