Lancaster Central School District

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  • On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the Lancaster Central School District Board of Education will hold a public forum and community engagement session regarding the Redskins mascot, at the Lancaster High School cafeteria, One Forton Drive. The session is scheduled to run from 7 to 9:30pm, with sign in beginning at 6:30. Please click here for more information www.lancasterschools.org/march_3_event.

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  • The Lancaster Central School District 2015-2016 calendar has been approved by the board of education and can be viewed here: 2015-16 Calendar at a Glance
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  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 school year.  Please go to http://www.lancasterschools.org/upk for more information about the program and an application.
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  • In the event of additional inclement weather throughout the year, our plan for making up school closings is as follows:
    • 1 day to make up - 4/10
    • 2 days to make up - 4/10, 4/9
    • 3 days to make up - 4/10, 4/9, 4/8
    • 4 days to make up - 4/10, 4/9, 4/8, 4/7
    • 5 days to make up - 4/10, 4/9, 4/8, 4/7, 4/6
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Our second annual Day of Kindness was a resounding success! More than 300 people were in attendance for the Family Fun Night at the field house. In Lancaster, Kindness IS contagious and will be spreading throughout the district for the entire month and beyond! If you missed out on the activities, click on the link below the photo gallery for a brief recap of the special events.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...
 
After the winter we've endured, everyone is ready for first signs of spring to emerge. This has arguably been one of the harshest winters on record taking its toll on even the hardiest of us, in a number of ways.
 
Most significantly for our schools, our entire allotment of snow days was exhausted as were most of us by the unprecedented Snowvember storm. At that time, we began communicating what our plan would be in the event of additional closings a plan that is built into the board-approved calendar so there is no last-minute speculation if we go over our snow day allotment.
 
In this extraordinary winter, another snow event caused us to close one day in January, and all students received an early start to the President's Week recess when dangerous cold made it imprudent for us to open schools on Friday, February 13.
 
On the positive side of things, Mother Nature offered at least some measure of cooperation. "Frozen" didn't stop The Little Mermaid, or Seussical, or our Day of Kindness Family Fun Night. All three events went on according to plan, providing us with a warm, welcomed respite from winter's harsh grasp. As with our stellar musical performances, 'the show must go on,' and in order to maintain the state-required number of student attendance days, we must act on our plan and make up days during the spring recess.
 
Many of you have posted to social media, asking legitimate questions. "If Snowvember was a declared state of emergency, why do we have to make up those days?" The answer lies with the State Education Department, who only waives the 180-day student attendance requirement if there is no opportunity to make up the deficit during the remainder of the school year. In our case, we still had the December, February, and April recesses to make up days, so there is no opportunity for a waiver.
 
"Why not take the days from the February break instead of spring?" The simple answer is that February and March is often when winter hits us the worst. To illustrate the point, if school had been in session last week, there likely would have been additional closings. We would then be shortening two breaks, instead of one.
 
As we all look ahead to spring, school will be in session on April 9 and 10. Any additional closings would warrant us adding make-up days, beginning with April 8. To assist in your planning for next year, a preview of the 2015-16 school year calendar and proposed make-up schedule can be found at www.lancasterschools.org/2015_16calendar. Here’s to an early and rejuvenating spring!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

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The Lancaster Central School District's purpose
is to provide our students
with a comprehensive educational program that will allow them to develop fully 
the necessary academic and social skills 
to become responsible and productive members of a democratic society.