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Remote Learning Update April 24, 2020

I wish to quickly update you on a few things that you may have already heard about. A lot has been happening this past week!

A huge thank you to our Food Service Director Kelly Rambeau for setting up our Remote Meals Service beginning the first week in May. This program is available to all children in Pelham 18 or younger and it is not a needs based program, but available to all children. Sign up information and details have been sent out, but if you missed it and would like details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This program will help offset the cost of our food service employees with grant funds. This is a great opportunity for families wanting a few meals taken care of and the service assists the district in its commitment to support our food service employees.

On Wednesday night, the School Board approved our plan for the last two weeks of school. After Friday June 5, 2020, no new instruction will be delivered. We will be transitioning into a two week competency recovery model from Monday June 8, 2020 to our last day of school, Friday June 19, 2020. We understand that remote learning has been a challenge for many students and families. We recognize the need to target instruction to students who have struggled with this quick transition to a new learning environment.

In order to support these students, teachers will identify students who did not make the desired progress toward meeting their learning objectives by May 29, 2020. Once identified, teachers will focus their time and energy over a two week recovery period assisting these students to make the progress we hoped they would make. The instruction may be in small groups or even one-on-one instruction at times (still remotely). It will offer more personalized instruction based on the student’s need.

The last two weeks of school will also allow teachers and staff to finish up the year with their many other responsibilities such as preparing for our re-opening, cleaning up their supplies and classrooms, completing report cards, and other responsibilities. 

More details will be coming out soon. But one question I am sure to get I will answer now. Yes, this does mean that if your child or student met the competencies, completed their work, and was not identified as someone needing additional time and support to make further progress, then after June 5, 2020 their school year would be complete. A pretty good incentive for some, I am sure! 

Lastly, we are working on plans to recognize our students and still have some form of ceremonies. Details for the high school prom and graduation have been sent out and we are planning for a summer party and celebration! As for our 5th and 8th grade students, we have things in the works as well! Lastly, we are planning a teacher parade to give all students and staff the opportunity to see each other if even from a distance!

Thank you to all for your efforts and support to make all these great things possible. Enjoy April break. It is a break well deserved as everyone has worked so hard to meet the needs of the students of Pelham.

Sincerely,
Bill Furbush
Superintendent of Schools

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:30AM

 

There will be a 2 hour delay on Wednesday, January 30.
No AM kindergarten or preschool.