School district ‘disappointed’ at lack of new state guidance, will set own Covid rules for school year

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The administrative offices of the Pelham Union Free School District are in a wing of the high school.

The Pelham school district is “disappointed” it will not receive updated guidance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office or the New York State Department of Health on opening schools and will make its own decisions on the rules that must be followed as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, according to an email from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Champ.

“While we are disappointed in the state’s decision, I am confident that our experiences at the end of last school year combined with recently released guidance from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics will provide the framework for a safe return to full-time in-person instruction,” Champ said in the email Friday.

District administrators have been meeting through the summer to prepare “for a variety of contingencies for the fall,” Champ said. Next week, the reopening task force formed last school year will reconvene to go over current plans.

“We remain committed to returning all of our students to the classroom five days a week under the regular daily schedule so that we can provide the rich academic experience that our students deserve,” she said.