Lancaster Central School District

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  • June 7, 2021 - NYS Mask Guidance Update 

    Please review Dr. Vallely's letter for the latest details regarding masks at school. 
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  • District-Wide Safety Plan 2021-22 Draft

    In accordance with Education Law §2801-a and Commissioner’s regulation §155.17, each public school district must develop and annually update a District-wide Safety Plan.  Annually, the District-wide Safety Plan is to be made available for 30-day public comment, including a public hearing, and then be approved by the Board of Education by September 1.
    The LCSD 2021-22 draft District-wide Safety Plan is available on this page for your review.  Comments, questions, or concerns may be directed to the district's Chief Emergency  Officer, Jamie Phillips, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services at or 716.686.3212.  A public comment hearing on the plan will be held at the July 12, 2021 regular meeting of the Board of Education.  Check the Board of Education page of the district's website for the most updated board meeting streaming information.   Comments on the safety plan will be accepted at the hearing or through contact of the Chief Emergency Officer through July 31, 2021.
    Education Law §2801-a and Commissioner’s regulation §155.17 also requires that each public school develop and annually update a confidential building-level Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that includes details about how each school's personnel and students would respond to different types of emergency situations that may occur in their school. These ERP's are approved annually by the Board of Education but remain confidential due to the nature of the information contained within each building-level ERP.
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  • Continuity of Operations Plan Draft

    In accordance with Chapter 168 of the Laws of 2020 that requires public employers, including public school districts, to adopt a continuation of operations plan in the event that the governor declares a public health emergency involving communicable disease, the Lancaster CSD Communicable Disease Continuity of Operation Plan is available for public comment, including a public hearing on the plan on April 20, 2021.  Comments, questions, or concerns may be directed to the district's Chief Emergency Officer, Jamie Phillips, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services at  The public comment hearing on the plan will be held at the April 20, 2021 regular meeting of the Board of Education.  Check the Board of Education page of the district's website for the most updated board meeting location information.   Comments on the safety plan will be accepted at the hearing or through contact of the chief emergency officer through April 20, 2021.

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  • Board of Education Streamed Meeting Information

    Reopening Information

    Calendar at a Glance

    Seeking Substitute Teachers (Certified and Uncertified)

    District Newsletters

    NYS Every Student Succeeds Act


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  • NY State Education Law Requires Posting of Child Abuse Hotline Information

    Section 409-1 of the New York Education Law requires schools to post access to the Prevent and Report Child Abuse Hotline1-800-342-3720.

    This page, provided by the New York Office of Children and Family Services, provides language translation services on the upper left side of the screen. 

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  • Dear Lancaster Parents and Guardians,

    Our goal since the beginning of the year has been to maximize student learning and the overall student experience. The former has been and is being accomplished by the hard work of our students, teachers, families, staff, and administration. Thank you. In Lancaster, we believe the latter, the student experience, is equally as important. We pride ourselves in offering opportunities, activities, programs, and events that all of our nearly 6,000 students can participate in. This year, despite the challenges facing our faculty, staff, students, and families, has been no different. 

    As in years past, one theme continues to resonate -- the importance of the student experience and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Last summer and in the beginning of this school year, that vital part of K-12 education in Lancaster was in jeopardy as we were unsure about whether musical performances, club participation, sporting events, and holiday celebrations would occur at all. As always, the students, families, faculty, and staff stepped up. Through their hard work, dedication, innovation, and passion, the students of Lancaster have conducted performances, participated in clubs and organizations, competed on the field (court, ice, lanes), and celebrated holidays.

    Lancaster student-athletes strive for excellence in and out of the classroom. Our winter sports teams just concluded their abbreviated seasons and, for the first time in school history, the Lancaster Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team won the Section VI Championship. In their senior spotlight, many of the players did not focus on wins or awards as their favorite memory. Most of the boys said they will remember the experiences with their teammates such as having fun and hanging out with friends in the locker room. Senior Jonah Ahrens said it best, “Finding out that I was going to get one more season with my teammates.” 

    In addition to our athletics programs, many of our clubs and organizations have continued through persistence and innovation. Each year, the Lancaster High School Model United Nations (UN) Club participates in several competitions to simulate the UN General Assembly and allow students to perform as ambassadors tackling some of the major topics facing our world leaders today. The Lancaster Model UN Club participated in its second virtual competition held by St. Bonaventure University. Our students represented Lancaster well and earned multiple awards as individuals, which culminated in a first-place award for the school.

    Our students who participated will certainly remember the preparation and hard work that helped them earn success. In addition to their excellence displayed, our students will remember the collaborative environment of the event, confidence gained through arguing a perspective, and the relationships formed with students from other schools. 

    During a typical school year, our teachers create engaging and hands-on activities that allow students to flourish as learners while impacting them for years to come. The extraordinary teachers of Lancaster have tapped into their innovative skills and collaboration to overcome some of this year’s challenges. Two second-grade teachers at Hillview Elementary and Como Park Elementary utilized Google Meet to provide their students an opportunity to collaborate on an egg drop STEAM challenge. Students from both classes were tasked with creating a container that would not only safely hold an egg, but also protect it from breaking when it was dropped from a five-foot height. Students “met” virtually through Google Meet and took turns sharing their designs with the classes. Then, the students competed as each individual dropped their egg in the designed container with a real egg. They all enjoyed having an opportunity to interact with students not only from another class, but from another school. Some students enjoyed the activity and competition so much, they recreated the activity with their families over spring break.

    Some of our Court Street teachers have started an “Adopt-a-Desk-Puppy Program” for our smallest students. Students who effectively complete their daily writing assignments have an opportunity to “adopt a stuffed puppy.” Students are allowed to keep their “puppies” in class and they will take them home in June. One of the teachers noted students will sometimes hug their puppies while she is teaching. Students love their “pets” as they provide some company while students are at their desks.

    Students at John A. Sciole Elementary have started a Tournament of Books, which will become a new tradition.  I’ve only highlighted a few examples, but could go on and on with extravagant virtual musical performances, athletic events that are live-streamed, service projects to benefit families in need, and fundraisers that have all continued because of our students, families, faculty, and staff. The list is long, but the theme remains the same. In short, just like in years past, our students have created memories!


    Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.