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Dear Onteora Families, 

I want to thank you for all of the support that we have received during these challenging times. As we make plans for our upcoming school year, we are grappling with all of the unknowns that are a part of that process.

We look forward to welcoming our students back into our buildings as soon as possible. We have been purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and creating protocols so that we can resume in-person instruction in a safe and effective manner.  Although we will be providing remote instruction only for the month of September, we remain hopeful that we will be able to resume in-person learning for those who have chosen it in October.
Our administrators have been working diligently to support our students, families, and staff, and I am so proud to be a part of such a dedicated and skilled team. As we move  forward, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. No one has ever
been through this situation before, so everyone involved  has valuable input. We try to think through and analyze every potential scenario,
but our families are experiencing things differently than we are, so your feedback is always welcome. 

While families are making hard choices based on what is best for them, we want to support everyone as much as possible. We understand that no single choice is right or easy for every student and every  family. This is an extremely challenging situation, which none of us had foreseen.

I am constantly amazed at the resilience and compassion that has been so evident among our community for the past five months. The Onteora community has come together and has supported each other in countless ways. I am so grateful, every day, to be a part of this
amazing community. We will get through this together, and we will be stronger for it. Powerful bonds are forged in difficult situations.

I hope everyone is able to enjoy the remainder of the summer weather and spend time with loved ones.

Sincerely,
Victoria McLaren
vmclaren@onteora.k12.ny.us
845-657-6383 ext. 1010