Policies & Procedures

Arrival, Dismissal and Traffic Safety


Students may enter the Hutchinson School either through the Third Avenue door, or through the door on the corner of Third Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. The first bell will ring at 8:10 am indicating that it is time for students to enter the building. Any student arriving at 8:25 am will need to report to the main office for a late pass. Please note that since all doors are locked, students will need to enter through the main lobby door on Lincoln Avenue after 8:25 am. Our instructional day begins promptly at 8:30 am. IMPORTANT-  there is no supervision for students prior to 8:10 am, so please refrain from dropping students off as there is no one to assist them in an emergency.  


Students are dismissed promptly at 3:05 pm. Parents, guardians and caregivers must pick up children at 3:05 pm as there is no supervision after this time. Any 4th or 5th grade student who wishes to walk home must have a letter on file in the main office, from a parent or guardian, granting them permission to do so. Please develop a family plan for dismissal so that your child/children know exactly where you will greet them. For safety reasons, students will be dismissed from the following areas:


  • K-3 Students- Dismissed out the Third Avenue door near the gym.

  • 4-5 Students- Dismissed out the door on the corner of Third Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.

Traffic Safety

During the school year, pedestrian and vehicle traffic related problems increase.  We are asking for your assistance in making the area around our school as safe as possible when dropping off and picking up your child. 

If you plan to drive to school, please note the following safety conditions outlined by the Village of Pelham Police Department in conjunction with the Pelham Public Schools:

  • Third Avenue WILL BE CLOSED from Fifth Street to Lincoln Avenue for student safety. 

  • A School Crossing Guard will be present at the corner of Third Avenue and Fifth Street

  • Only resident vehicles will be allowed to enter southbound on Third Avenue between Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

  • All vehicles traveling east on Fifth Street must make a left (north) onto Third Avenue and travel towards Sixth Street.

  • Temporary Do Not Enter signs will be posted in the roadway at Third Avenue and Fifth Street blocking southbound traffic.

  • Temporary No Thru Traffic School Day’s sign will be posted on Third Avenue at Sixth Street blocking all southbound traffic.

  • No parking signs will be posted on the west side of Third Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street.

Also, parking will be limited and we anticipate vehicle congestion on the streets around the school. I am respectfully requesting that you walk or carpool to help decrease the amount of traffic through the neighborhood.

It’s important that children use the crosswalk and the path only. Before and after school, there are crossing guards at the intersections of: Lincoln Ave. and Fifth Ave., Lincoln Ave. and Fourth Ave., Lincoln Ave. and Third Ave., and Fifth St. and Third. Always use the crosswalk!

Absence or Tardy Attendance

Absence from School

If your child is absent from school, please phone the office at 914-738-3640 or send an email to Pasqua Perrino, Nurse Wolfenhaut and the classroom teacher. Please provide us with the reason for the absence and how long it will last.  Please send a note upon the student’s return.  Notes should include the following:

  1. Student’s first and last name 
  2. Teacher and grade
  3. Date(s) of absence 
  4. Reason for absence
  5. Name and signature of parent/guardian

Tardy Students - IMPORTANT!

It’s important to arrive on time every day! School starts at 8:20 am and students are late at 8:25 am. Students who are tardy to school MUST check in at the office. Students will not be allowed to enter class without a late pass from the office. We ask your support in helping students arrive on time for school. Tardy students miss out on morning meetings, assignment directions and valuable learning time. When a student arrives late to the classroom, it is disruptive to peers and disrespectful of the class’ time.

B.E.A.R. Code of Conduct

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Be Safe

Control or restraint of oneself actions or feelings. For kids: "I am in control of my body and words

I control my actions, words and body. I am seated while eating, talking quietly and walk from one area/place to another. I am walking silently with hands to myself. I go to the bathroom, wash my hands, and leave.

Empathize with others

An intellectual identification of feelings, thoughts or attitudes with an understanding of others. For kids: “I think about other people’s feelings.”

I include others in games, activities, and conversation. I include others at my table and in conversation. I am aware learning is happening in all classrooms. I am aware of privacy and if others need help.

Act Responsibly

Accountable for
something within one’s
power. For kids: “People
can trust/ count on me”

I take care of and return equipment and belongings. I keep and leave my area clean. I go where I need to go and then come right back. I keep and leave the bathroom clean.

Respect Others

Respect is the experience of being heard and
my personal
hallway and stairs.
knowing that someone
cares. For kids: “I treat
others kindly.”

I listen to adults. I use my table manners and am mindful of my personal space. I am walking silently on the right side of the hallway and stairs. I wait my turn. 


Title I Family Engagement

According to the Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015 (formerly the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), schools are required to ensure that teachers in core academic subjects are highly qualified to teach in their assignment area. Parents also have the right to request other information regarding the qualifications of their child’s teachers, such as:

  • Whether a teacher has New York State certification for the grade levels and subjects he or she is teaching;
  • The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and any other certifications or degrees; and
  • Whether their child receives services from paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Parents seeking this information should contact Mrs. Trisha Nugent Fitzgerald, Hutchinson School Principal, by email or calling 914-738-3640. 

Hutchinson Family Engagement Policy

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