• A Message from the Superintendent 

    Dear Onteora Community Members,

    In light of the terrible events involving schools recently, I wanted to take a few minutes to re-affirm that we continue to hold the safety of the children who are in our charge as our highest priority.

    In addition to holding drills in each of our buildings, we have active Building Safety Teams. These teams meet regularly to review practices and protocols related to school safety.

    We are also fortunate to have a School Resource Officer (SRO) as part of our team. Our SRO provides us with guidance and acts as a resource on a day-to-day basis. He participates in the lock-down drills that are held in each of our buildings to ensure that we have consistency across the District. This will help the students feel more prepared and comfortable with our safety practices as they transition from one building to the next.

    Please know also that we have staff members on hand in all of our buildings to support the social and emotional needs of our students in these times, when current events can produce anxiety and stress.

    We will be scheduling a community forum where we can discuss school safety with our families. We are currently looking at dates in mid-March. We will let you know more information as we progress in the planning of this event.

    Thank you,

    Victoria McLaren
    Superintendent of Schools
    845-657-6383 ext 1010