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 STORM UPDATE...REVISED BUS STOP PROCEDURES

With the resumption of school on Tuesday, November 25, we would like to ensure the continued safety of our students. Please exercise extreme caution when going out for your morning commute, and observe the following temporary bus stop modifications for your children:
 
K-6 students: Students will be picked up at the end of their driveways and buses will travel their normal routes, with the exception being cul-de-sacs that the buses do not normally travel down. Students residing in those cul-de-sacs will need to proceed to the normal stops at the entry of the cul-de-sac. To assist the drivers and to help make these adjustments as seamless as possible, with the exception of cul-de-sac stops, all K-6 students should be at the end of their driveway at the time they are normally scheduled to be at their bus stop. Please be patient while you are out waiting for the bus as some pick up times will be delayed due to the addition of house stops.

7-12 students: buses will travel their normal routes and students will be picked up at their normal stops. If a bus stop is not accessible, students should gather for pick up at the closest clear and safe location on the route. In all scenarios, bus drivers will use their discretion in determining safe stopping and pick up points for all students.
Private school/parochial students: buses will not travel to schools located within districts that are closed or through areas that have travel restrictions. For students of schools that buses will travel to, buses will travel their normal routes but students will not need to proceed to their bus stops. Instead, they will be picked up at the end of their driveways. The only exception is cul-de-sacs that the buses do not normally travel down. The students residing in those cul-de-sacs will need to proceed to the normal stops at the entry of the cul-de-sac. To assist the drivers and to help make these adjustments as seamless as possible, with the exception of cul-de-sacs, all private/parochial students should be at the end of their driveway at the time they are normally scheduled to be at their bus stop. Please be patient while you are out waiting for the bus as some pick up times could be slightly delayed due to the addition of all the house stops.
If there are questions regarding your child’s bus stop or your child has missed the bus, please call 686-3290.
Plan for any Future Snow Days

We have now used all 5 of our allotted snow days. Moving forward, in the case of school closings, days will be made up according to the following schedule:
(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
We understand this plan may require some alternate arrangements on the part of parents who are returning to work on Monday. Like any other district that has borne the brunt of this storm, we are concerned for the safety of all children and have made the determination that as of today, driving conditions, particularly at bus stops that still have high snow mounds limiting visibility, continue to present a safety risk to our district’s children. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work diligently to return to normal.

Sincerely,
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
 
 

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Dear Lancaster Parents, Family, and Friends...

With just a little over one month of school behind us, the school buildings and our classrooms are abuzz with activity and our students, faculty, and staff are back in the swing of things.

I hope everyone involved in the school community has had the chance to experience at least one event, from open houses, various mixers, academy kick-offs, and dances, to music performances and athletic contests. It's only October and we have already seen seniors sign letters of intent to accept athletic scholarships; received the names of a record number of AP Scholars; accepted a banner from the New York Public School Athletic Association as a School of Distinction; and been recognized by the Western New York STEM Hub (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as one of a handful of Emerging School Systems.

One does not have to look far to witness firsthand the impressive things that take place in our school community. Lancaster Central School District has an amazing sense of community and this sense of common bond was reflected in the way in which faculty, and staff, volunteers, parents, and friends all came together to help a family and classmates cope with the grief and loss over one of our own. Over and over again during that difficult time, I heard that our deeply-rooted sense of family, of community, is what makes Lancaster truly the special place it is to live and learn.

At the forefront of making this school district special is a team of caring volunteers, your board of education. Board members receive no compensation and serve, during sometimes extraordinarily difficult times, to guide and support policy and direction for the school district. They are the unsung heroes of our organization and truly deserve our thanks and appreciation.

October 27-31 officially marks New York School Board Recognition Week, and I would like to take this time to publicly thank the community servants you elected to represent you on our board of education: Kenneth Graber, Esq., board president; Patrick Uhteg, board vice president; and Wendy Buchert, Bill Gallagher, Marie MacKay, Kim Nowak, and Michael Sage, trustees.

In addition to their traditional roles, this year our school board board members will be guiding us through the challenging task of reviewing options for a potential bond issue campaign as well as helping us maintain the delicate balance of fiscal prudence with exceptional educational programming.

Please join me in thanking these remarkable individuals. They are your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and elected representatives. They are ever-present at school events and a gesture as simple as a handshake is often all that is needed for them to know that we, as a community, appreciate their tireless efforts on behalf of the children of this outstanding school district.
 
Regards,
 
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.