Planning for Re-Opening of Schools

July 31, 2020

Dear Pearl River School District Community:

The Pearl River Re-Opening Plans represent the hard work of more than a hundred dedicated individuals who gave their time, talent, and effort voluntarily, and enthusiastically, to produce a document by which we can safely return to school and resume our critical functions of teaching and learning. I deeply appreciate the support of our staff, parents, and community in this undertaking. The contributions that have been made to these plans, the innovative thinking, and the genuine concern for the well-being of all of our students, staff, and the families everyone returns home to are evident and representative of a community that has come together to meet a common challenge.  

These plans conform to the present guidelines provided by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and are presented as a living document, with the understanding that the District must be able to respond with agility to a rapidly changing environment. Our plans will be revised and updated as new information from NYSED, and NYSDOH becomes available. 

I know that we are all eager for a full return to school, especially in the manner that is most familiar, and we believe, best for our students. The plans that we have created are intended to bring us closer to it in the safest ways possible. 

View the Pearl River School District Re-Entry Plan


Marco F. Pochintesta

Superintendent of Schools


We have created an email,, where individuals who are not serving on a committee can send input and questions regarding the re-opening of school. We will periodically post and answer them below in our Q and A section.

Q and A

July 9, 2020

When are schools re-opening? 

The decision to re-open schools will be made by the Governor. We anticipate a decision the first week of August.

If schools are in session will students be required to wear masks?

Yes, all students will be required to wear masks throughout the day and on the school bus. Students will be allowed to take off their masks during lunch and during “mask breaks” as per teacher directions. Please see additional information- Mask Wearing Protocols