Dear Lancaster School Community:
The Lancaster Central School District community is mourning the loss of one of our students from a tragic accident. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and teachers of our student. Our close-knit community will get through this by supporting one another.
On behalf of the board of education, our entire school district, myself and my family, I would like to express our sincere condolences to all those affected by this loss. As a parent, there is no greater loss than the loss of a child. As a superintendent, the scale of loss to our school community is devastating.
I would like to assure everyone in our community that the well-being of our children and our staff is, and always has been, paramount in our school district. Our professional counseling and support staff, trained in crisis response and grief counseling, are prepared and will be on hand first thing Monday morning and throughout the coming days, to provide comfort and assistance to all who need it.
In the days ahead, there will undoubtedly be difficult moments for all of us to endure in the wake of this tragedy. While everyone will be responding to the situation in different ways, I am confident in our professional and support staff and their ability to meet the needs of individuals as they arise. If you think your child may need extra support at any time, please call your child's principal so we can help.
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools