• Lancaster Central School District Centers of Learning and Growth


     Lancaster Central School District

  • May 22, 2020

    Dear LCSD Community,

    We thank the entire LCSD community for their continued support, as this has truly been an opportunity for us to come together as one Lancaster family. Our top priority has been and remains the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Lancaster community.  At the same time, it is also our obligation to fulfill the mission of the Lancaster Central School District and provide a comprehensive education focused on student learning and preparation.

    We, as a district, have spent numerous hours reviewing, researching, and discussing the grading plan for the fourth marking period and end of the year. From the beginning of this pandemic, our intent was to develop a plan focused on the promotion of student learning (i.e., acquiring the essential skills and knowledge), consistency across grade levels (K-12), and the best interests of all of our students during this unprecedented time. Ultimately, there is no perfect grading system, but we believe our plan aligns with the District’s values, mission, and accomplishes our above-mentioned intent.

    Please review the attached for the specific plans for the respective grade levels. Thank you for your patience.

    Stay healthy and stay positive! 



    Andrew P. Kufel, Ph.D.

    Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

  • May 15, 2020

    Dear Lancaster Families,

    We here at your schools miss your children and look forward to the time when we can once again get back to “normal” and help your children learn, interact, and grow in traditional ways. As a father of four children here in Lancaster (one of them a senior), I am living and navigating this “new COVID-19 normal” with you and … I feel your pain!

    I last communicated to you on May 1, 2020 when Governor Cuomo via Executive Order 202.10 closed all NYS schools for the remainder of the school year. However, that Executive Order did not set a specific date for instruction to end. Since the announcement, every major professional group i.e., superintendents, school boards, business officials, teachers, etc. has requested clarity on this issue to ensure that each district receives their full share of state aid that is connected to the NYSED 180-day requirement.

    While nothing has 100% certainty during this unprecedented COVID time, all Erie 1 superintendents are announcing their final dates of instruction and teacher workdays today. Please see the following based on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order:

    • Friday May 22, 2020, originally scheduled as a day off will have to be changed to a day of remote instruction.
    • Monday, May 25, 2020, Memorial Day, is a national holiday and will remain a day off for staff and students.
    • Friday June 12, 2020 will be Lancaster CSD’s last day of remote instruction for students and the last teacher work day will be on June 17, 2020. Your child’s building principal will communicate plans regarding the process for closing out the year, collecting personal belongings from school, and returning school property.
    • Lancaster CSD’s breakfast and lunch meal distribution will continue to operate through June 26, 2020.
    • Lancaster CSD’s child care plan for healthcare workers and first responders will continue to operate until June 26, 2020.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters. Please social distance and stay safe.

    Michael J. Vallely Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

  • May 1, 2020

    Dear Lancaster Community,

    Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo closed schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Student instruction will continue through eLearning via Google Classroom until further notice. Students and families should continue to engage with their teachers and complete the assigned academic work. As we receive further guidance from the State, an official end-date for eLearning will be announced. Meal distribution will continue during this time.

    Principals will be in touch with families regarding the retrieval of student belongings that remain in the buildings/lockers.

    Please stay safe and well.


    Michael J. Vallely, PhD


    Superintendent of Schools

  • April 24, 2020

    LCSD Community,

    We hope that this correspondence finds you safe and healthy with your families. We wanted to give you an update on grade reporting for the fourth marking period.

    One of the big questions that we have been wrestling with since the shift to eLearning has been, “How do we assess student learning and provide a grade?” Please know this is a topic of conversation that occurs on a regular basis and, to some extent, has evolved as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.

    We have a robust collection of data that we will use to create our grading plan. We will closely monitor the situation at the local, state, and national levels to see what the rest of the school year will look like before making any final decisions. We have gathered data regarding how we are assessing student learning and teacher perceptions regarding grading practices for the fourth marking period. We have reached out to colleagues across the state. We will continue to have conversations with our teachers and administrators to help finalize our plan.

    Our plan, as always, will focus on the best interest of students. Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement regarding the continuation of NY PAUSE beyond May 15, 2020, we will articulate our grading plan.  Thanks for your continued patience and understanding.

    Stay healthy and stay positive!



    The LCSD Curriculum, Instruction, & PPS Department


  • April 7, 2020

    Dear LCSD Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers:

    I hope you and your loved ones are all doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time in all of our lives. Our top priorities remain the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Lancaster community.  At the same time, we must continue to do all we can to fulfill the mission of the Lancaster Central Schools as we strive to maintain continuity of instruction. We thank you for your unwavering support and the work you have done with your children to ensure our transition to digital instruction and learning would go smoothly.

    As you may be aware, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a series of executive orders that temporarily modify laws relating to the pandemic. As a result of his executive orders, the governor is now the sole entity who can make the decision on when to reopen schools across New York state. On April 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo ordered NY PAUSE will continue through Wednesday, April 29, 2020; therefore, our school closure, and hence digital learning, will also continue until at least April 29, 2020.

    The governor’s most recent executive order dictates that school districts continue to provide continuity of instruction, a meal plan for students, and child care services for essential workers over the spring break (April 13 - 17, 2020) including Good Friday (April 10, 2020). During this time, teachers will continue to utilize Google Classroom for instruction and learning.

    As we journey down this new path of digital learning and instruction, please understand that it has been a learning experience for everyone--students as well as teachers. Our faculty, staff, and administration have risen to the occasion to work together to maintain continuity of instruction for our students, while balancing the demands and stresses placed upon families at this same time. We continue to build our capacity around digital instruction and learn how to provide our students the best educational experience under these unique and challenging circumstances.

    Meal distribution occurs Monday through Friday at Lancaster Middle School from 10am to noon however, on Friday, April 10, 2020, we will not distribute meals. Instead, meals for both April 9 and April 10 will be provided on April 9, 2020; in essence, each recipient will receive double the meals on April 9 to cover what would have been a holiday on April 10. The meal program will resume as normal on Monday, April 13, 2020.

    Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we all navigate this unchartered territory. I am so proud of what we, the Lancaster community, have accomplished under these extraordinary circumstances. Stay well.


    Michael J. Vallely, PhD

    Superintendent of Schools

  • April 1, 2020

    Update Announcing Childcare for Lancaster Residents who are Essential Health Care Workers and First Responders*

    The Lancaster Central School District partners with the Lancaster branch of the Buffalo-Niagara YMCA throughout the school year to provide before and after school childcare within our school
    buildings. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.4, the district is using its existing partnership with the YMCA to inform you of the availability of childcare opportunities for
    Lancaster Central School District residents:

    The Southtowns Family YMCA and Independent Health Family YMCA branches are offering childcare who are essential personnel as defined later in this announcement.

    Eligible families interested in this program may contact the following:

    For the Southtowns Family YMCA Branch
    Ryan Ende
    1620 Southwestern Blvd, West Seneca, New York 14224

    Independent Health YMCA
    150 Tech Drive, Amherst, New York 14221
    Abby Webster

    The daily cost of childcare for these two programs for Lancaster Central School District residents will be funded by the school district, effective April 1, 2020.
    At this time, the programs have been arranged for and are available only to essential personnel in an attempt at helping those on the front lines of this public health crisis. The critical professions and occupations that are necessary to protect and support the public include:

    • Essential health care workers may include licensed health professionals such as
    physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical
    nurses and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel.
    • Direct support professionals may include clinicians and support staff serving the
    behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and child welfare communities
    in residential and community- based care settings.

    • First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police
      officers and firefighters, corrections officers or related support personnel necessary to
      execute these duties.
      • Food manufacturing, production, distribution and supply including supermarket workers
      and food preparation.
      • Transportation including commercial truck drivers of necessary supplies and equipment,
      transit workers, air and rail and carriers of critical and essential materials.
      • Construction and manufacturing including specialized equipment related to health or
      safety of the public.
      • Nonprofit and social service agencies providing support to families and employees in
      related fields.

    Credentials for employment, such as a copy of a work badge, as an essential worker will be
    required to be provided and must accompany registration.

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


  • March 27, 2020

    Dear Lancaster Families,

    The purpose of this correspondence is to update you on recent developments in the Lancaster Central School District and New York State with respect to the coronavirus pandemic.

    School Closing Update

    • On Sunday March 15, 2020 all Erie 1 and Erie 2 BOCES superintendents collectively closed their school districts until April 20, 2020.  
    • The following day, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1, 2020.
    • Today, Governor Cuomo extended his executive order until April 15, 2020.  Our district will abide by the governor’s orders and will await further direction from him as to our district’s reopening beyond that date. 

    District Communication Update

    • Phase 1 - Our primary channel of communication has been and will continue to be the school district website or at (https://www.lancasterschools.org/Page/24793).  However, we have and will continue to use Code Ed phone calls, our email mass notification system, Twitter, and Facebook to keep parents and students apprised of changing developments.  If parents have yet to register for our mass communication emails or Code Ed phone calls please update your contact information, or visit  (https://parentportal.wnyric.org/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fdefault.aspx).
    • Phase 2 - All the school and district buildings have been closed since Friday March, 20, 2020.  However, each building principal and main office clerical staff are working remotely checking email and voicemails on a daily basis.  In the event that you do not know who to call or contact on a given matter, please leave a voicemail at your child’s school main office or send an email to the building secretary or principal and they will be able to assist you once the message is received.

    Food Service Meal Program Update

    • Phase 1 - The food service meal program (drive-through pick-up at Lancaster Middle School location) started on March 17, 2020.
    • Phase 2 - We continue to serve bag lunches and breakfast meals daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at our drive-through (Lancaster Middle School location) and have added meal drop off via bus to our neediest students.  As of today, in 9 days, we have served just under 7,300 breakfasts and 7,300 lunches, averaging around 800 per day. I am so proud of and thankful to all the staff who have selflessly dedicated themselves to providing this service for our community’s children. 
    • If you know any children 18 or under who need access to these meals and are unable to do so, please encourage them to leave a voicemail at 686-3246 or review the March 16, 2020 letter on the COVID-19 page of the district’s website  for more information. 
    • Meals will continue to be offered in this manner, Monday through Friday, through the school closure.  Meals WILL be offered during the days previously scheduled as Spring Break. The only exception will be that no meals will be served on Friday, April 10, 2020.  However, double meals will be provided the preceding Thursday.

    Continuity of Instruction Update

    • Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Lancaster community; however, we must do all we can do to fulfill the mission of the Lancaster Central Schools as we strive to maintain continuity of instruction and support our students and families.  
    • Teachers continue to collaborate and to provide alignment for all students in the same grade level or course. Please visit the District’s website or go to (https://www.lancasterschools.org/domain/1824) for weekly plans to help your child(ren) stay up to date.
    • Phase 1
      • For students in grades K-6, our teachers worked diligently to create review packets that were distributed to students on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 via afternoon bus routes. It was truly a team effort. At the same time, we planned our transition to eLearning as we knew this process would not be sustainable.
      • For students in grades 7-12, many of our teachers already utilized Google Classroom as a means of communication and instruction with their students. The main focus was also on providing review work as we continued to build internal capacity to support students and teachers.
    • Phase 2
      • As part of the transition to eLearning for all students K-12, we sanitized, packaged, and distributed well over 1,200 Chromebooks on Friday, March 20, 2020.
      • We have collected and created resources for teachers to utilize to support eLearning in addition to our Tech Mentors are meeting virtually each day to offer our teachers assistance.
      • On March 30, 2020 all students in grades K-12 will utilize Google Classroom as the primary vehicle of providing instruction in a digital format. At this point, our teachers will begin to introduce instruction that is essential for success at the current grade level/course and in subsequent grade levels/courses. 
      • We all have worked diligently over the course of the past two weeks to build our capacity to provide eLearning to our students and families. Please continue to be patient as this has been and will be a learning process for us all. 

    Facilities Update

    • Phase 2 – With the executive order going into effect at midnight on Friday March 20th, we moved into Phase 2 of our facilities plan.  All district buildings have been closed since the end of the day on Friday, March, 20th.  We are continually sanitizing spaces that are in use.  Our plan is to keep the school buildings closed until students return at which time we will go back to Phase 1 which is our heightened daily cleaning regimen.  
    • Students, coaches, advisors, and staff have been instructed not to hold practices or encourage gatherings and that directive is being continually reinforced.  We do not discourage use of our school recreation facilities (track, playgrounds, fields, etc) but we do want to continue to emphasize and to have people recognize the importance and to honor social distancing.  
    • Signs were placed on all playgrounds today in cooperation with the Town of Lancaster to indicate that the equipment is not sanitized.   


    Other Notable Updates

    • The State Education Department (SED) has announced the suspension of all grades 3-8 testing for the remainder of the school year. No guidance has yet been released on Regents exams.
    • The College Board has developed free online Advanced Placement (AP) review courses to compliment remote work provided by teachers. The College Board is developing secure 45-minute free response exams for each course that students will be able to take online. The College Board website has more information on AP courses or visit (https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates).

    Please practice social distancing, stay well, and stay home.  Thank you to all first responders and essential employees for your dedication to the Lancaster community and selfless work.  Further updates will be forthcoming as more information becomes available. 


    Michael J. Vallely Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Lancaster Schools


  • March 27, 2020 - A Message from Director of Elementary Instruction, Karen Marchioli regarding transition of instruction:

    Good afternoon,  this is Karen Marchioli, Director of Elementary Education in the Lancaster Central School District.  On Monday, March 30, 2020, students in grades k-6 will transition from paper and pencil to computer-based instruction. This will be new material and will be the mode by which we deliver instruction until we return to school. There will not be set times when students have to sign on, but there will be due dates for assignments.  The following information will also be available on the COVID-19 section of the website and will be important for students and parents as we make the transition. 

    The teachers are in the process of loading their lessons onto Google Classroom, all of them will have completed this prior to Monday, but may still be working on it over the weekend.  They will be sending you invitations to their classrooms and you can find a full parent guide to using Google Classroom on the E-learning tab of the website, under Google Classroom Resources.  

    We recognize that this may be a difficult transition for parents, students, and teachers.  We ask that you direct your questions about instruction to your child’s teacher and you should remain in regular contact with your child’s teacher about student successes and challenges.   Questions about technical issues should be directed to our help desk, which has been created for the time that we are not in school. The help desk can be reached at elearning@lancasterschools.org. Other questions can be made to the front office of the school.  Messages are being checked daily and someone will get back to you. Please do not tweet or ask questions through Facebook replies, as those are not regularly monitored.  Please monitor the website and our social media accounts for updates.

    We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we begin education in this new fashion. Thank you and stay well.


  • A message from Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Pupil Personnel Services, Dr. Andy Kufel, regarding a transition to eLearning, K-12:

    March 19, 2020

    As we have mentioned, the current situation remains ever-evolving. We thank the entire Lancaster community for their support, as this has truly been an opportunity for us to come together as one Lancaster family. We urge you to please continue to support each other and the community during this time. We are ALL in this together and together we will get through this.

    As always, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the Lancaster community. It is our obligation to fulfill the mission of the Lancaster Central School District as we strive to maintain continuity of instruction and support our students and families.

    The district’s plan has purposefully remained fluid over the last three weeks. In addition to our constant communication with building principals and teachers, we have worked closely with Lancaster Central Teachers Association President, John Abraham to monitor the situation, seek input and feedback, and plan for all potential next steps. Please know that each decision we have made is with reason, rationale, and the best available information while maintaining a focus on our mission.

    On Monday March 30, 2020 we will transition to eLearning for all students K-12. We have worked diligently over the course of this week in collaboration with classroom teachers, principals, our information services department, and many others to build our capacity to provide eLearning to our students and families. This, too, has been a MONUMENTAL task–to mobilize an eLearning process for 500 teachers and 5800 students!

    This represents a change in operations for K-6 parents who had packets delivered previously. We will now be delivering K-12 instruction via Google Classroom. As a reminder to students, please check email and Google Classroom on a daily basis to check in with your teacher and classmates and continue your journey of learning in this exciting and adventurous new environment!

    In the interest of community health, there will be no student access to buildings during the closure. As we have mentioned countless times before this current situation, we are so proud to be part of the Lancaster family. The teamwork, collaboration, and love we have witnessed over the last week has been remarkable and humbling. THANK YOU!

    Please stay healthy, safe, and take care of your family and loved ones.

  • March 18, 2020

    Elementary Announcement #3

    Good Afternoon,

    This is a message from Karen Marchioli, Director Of Elementary Education, in the Lancaster School District. This message is for parents of students in grades K-6. Please be advised that there is a great probability that the district will move to an online learning platform for the remainder of the time that schools are closed.  Monday and Tuesday, I invited parents to call the front office of your school to request a device if you do not have one available. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at noon will be the deadline for requesting a device from the schools. It is imperative that you call your child’s school if you will need a device for our instructional plan. If you do not have wifi please contact 1-844-488-8395 to be connected with a local internet service provider who is offering free wifi for the students in grades K-12 for the next 60 days.

    Thank you and please stay healthy.


  • March 17, 2020

    Elementary Announcement #2

    Good Afternoon,

    This message is from Karen Marchioli, Director Of Elementary Education, in the Lancaster School District. This message is for parents of students in grades K-6. Please be advised that should we maintain a paper-based method of delivering instruction, it will be delivered on 3/27/2020 and every Friday after that until school re-opens, not on 3/20/2020. If you were not able to meet your child’s bus on Tuesday, please call the front office of your child’s school to make arrangements.
    As you know the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and we may need to move to an online system for instruction.   Should we move to a computer-based method of instruction, all students will need access to a wifi enabled device. If you do not have ANY devices in your home, please contact the front office of your child’s school before the end of the week.  If you do not have wifi please contact 1-844-488-8395 to be connected with a local internet service provider who is offering free wifi for the students in grades K-12 for the next 60 days.
    This message will be posted to the website, Facebook and Twitter tomorrow.
    Have a good evening and please stay healthy.

  • March 16, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Thank you for your continued trust of the Lancaster Schools with your children. Their health and safety are our highest priority and we know you are concerned about COVID-19 and how it may impact your family. We understand that this is a stressful time for families, but we have created plans to assist your children as our schools are closed. As part of this plan, Lancaster teachers have worked very hard to create instructional resources for every child.

    Please have your children check Google Classroom for updates from their teachers regarding work that will help provide continuity of instruction. There are some classes that will be sending home paper based instructional materials. That work will be delivered to those families on Wednesday 3/18/2020 during the afternoon bus run. Those families will receive a separate notification that work is being delivered.

    Last week, middle and high school students participated in a survey to gauge how many students needed access to computer devices (Chromebooks) and the internet. On Tuesday 3/17/2020, those students who stated they need a device, Chromebooks will be distributed to those families. A separate notification will go out to those families advising them of the procedure.

    If a student did not inform us that they needed a Chromebook, and they are in need of one, please wait until Wednesday 3/18 and contact the main office of your child’s respective school (Middle School - 716-686-3220; High School - 716-686-3255) to request a Chromebook and we will facilitate getting one to your home.

    If your household is in need of internet service, a local internet service provider, is offering free internet service for 60 days; they can be reached at 1-844-488-8395.

    Please continue to monitor your email, visit the District Website, www.lancasterschools.org, our Facebook, and Twitter feeds for updated information. Thank you and stay safe.


    Andrew J. Krazmien

    Director of Secondary Education

    Lancaster Central School District

  • March 16, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Let me start by saying that we will miss seeing your children every day.  We will continue to maintain contact with you throughout this time. In addition to the education materials that will be coming to you, teachers will be monitoring their email and will be reaching out via phone at least once a week.  

    The planning for this has been multi-faceted and has changed to reflect the fluidity of the situation.  The plan set forth below is accurate as of the writing of this letter. Please understand that things may change and we appreciate your flexibility as we work through this. I encourage you to continue to monitor our website at www.lancasterschools.org, the Lancaster Facebook page, and Twitter Feed.  Please also consider following me on Twitter for other elementary specific information (free websites, games, etc.) for young children.  You can find me on Twitter by searching @karenlmarchioli.  

    The current plan for delivering materials to your home is as follows:

    • On Tuesday 3/17/20, Lancaster school buses will be driving their afternoon routes and dropping off packets of instructional materials.  Those buses will run as close to schedule as possible.
    • Please understand that times may vary as materials will be handed out at every stop.  Parents or a representative for the family should be at the bus stop that is associated with your home address at the normal drop off time.
    • You can also track the bus on your mobile phone using the app Versatrans My Stop.  Directions to download the app will be on the COVID-19 section of the district website.
    • If you do not know the bus stop associated with your home address, please call the Transportation Office at 686-3290.
    • The next set of materials is currently scheduled for the afternoon of 3/27/2020 and every Friday after that until school re-opens.
    • Bus drivers will not have information about the closing.  Please direct your questions to your child’s school.
    • If you miss the bus, please contact your child’s school for follow up instructions.


    Should the district need to move to a completely computer-based method of delivery, each child will need access to a wifi connected device for a period of time every day.  Should this happen, devices can be shared within a family and there is not a scheduled time that your child would need access. If you do not have any computers/tablets/Chromebooks in your home please contact the front office of your child’s school with your name, grade, phone number, and address.  If you do not have wifi, please contact 1-844-488-8395 to be connected with a local internet service provider who is offering free wifi for the students in grades k-12 for the next 60 days.


    Karen L. Marchioli

    Director of Elementary Education

  • March 16, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    In accordance with the Erie County Executive recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, and in light of the declaration of multiple States of Emergency, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020. During the week of April 13th, I will determine if the length of closure will need to be extended.

    Having now communicated the above timeline, operationalization of our emergency planning begins in earnest. During the Lancaster Central School District closure related to COVID-19, the Food Service Department will provide the opportunity for families to drive through and pick-up meals for children in their family. Meals will be provided on days when students would otherwise have been in school. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, these meals will be available for pick-up on weekdays until school is back in session.

    Children do not need to be present in order for their meals to be provided. The student’s identification number must be presented at pick up time in order to receive a meal. Families are eligible for a meal for any child in the household 18 years old and younger. Meals are at no cost to the families regardless of meal program status (full pay, reduced, or free). Meals will be for pick-up only. No meals will be consumed on site.

    Meal pick-up details:
    ● Lancaster Middle School, 148 Aurora Street
    ● Beginning Tuesday, March 17th through April 17th (or when school is back in session), including spring recess dates (April 13th-April 17th), excluding April 10th (April 9th meals will be doubled).
    ● Monday-Friday, daily
    ● Pick-up hours are 10:00 am-noon
    ● Drive up along the bus loop on the south side of the building. Pull up alongside the fitness center windows. Door to car service.
    ● A bag containing a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day will be supplied.
    ● Alternate meals will be provided for students with dietary restrictions based on request during pick-up.
    ● You do not need to register or sign-up for this opportunity.

    We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed. Additionally, we encourage any sick family members to remain at home.

    If you would like to participate in this opportunity but are unable to pick up meals at the Lancaster Middle School, please call the food service department at 716-686-3246 and we will work with you to make alternative arrangements.

    If you have any questions please contact the food service department at 716-686-3246.


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


    March 15, 2020

    Dear Lancaster Central School District Families,

    According to the order given by the Erie County Health Department and in cooperation the other school districts in Erie County, the Lancaster Central School District will be closed. This will take effect immediately and will continue until further notice. We don’t take this step lightly, but do so with our partners in government because of the gravity of the current public health crisis that we all face together.

    We know that these circumstances are unsettling and that the closing of our schools will cause hardships among many in our community. To ensure that children and families have access to as many of the resources to which you have grown accustomed, we have enacted a number of Continuity of Services Plans that include the following initial steps:

    • We have a plan for our educators to engage our children in thinking and learning during the period that we are closed.
    • We have a plan for an Alternative School Meal Program for all interested students who may want/need Breakfast and/or Lunch.
    • We have a plan to remain in contact with and to support our students who are most reliant on the emotional health supports that our schools provide.
    • We have a plan to continue to sanitize each of our schools and buses so that they are ready to safely welcome students and staff back when this public health crisis abates.
    • Despite our physical separation from your children, we will do all we can to remain present in their lives and to fulfill our district’s mission. Specific details of the plans outlined above will be forthcoming. 

    Finally, the support of everyone in the Lancaster Schools and community has been overwhelming. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful, caring place. During my time as Superintendent, we have faced many emergencies and crises and each time we have overcome them together. We will get through this very difficult time. Please continue to check your email, the district website, and district social media for further communications.


    Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Lancaster Schools

  • March 13, 2020

    Dear Lancaster Central School District Families,

    Based upon the guidance of the Erie County Health Commissioner today, the Lancaster Central School District is cancelling all school sponsored travel planned to destinations outside of Western New York due to concerns related to COVID-19.  The ban on school-based travel applies to students and to staff, and will continue until further notice.  Those teachers, coaches and advisors whose travel is impacted will be notified directly by their principal.  

    Additionally, effective immediately and until further notice, we are suspending all public Lancaster School District gatherings that include more than 50 people. Gatherings within our schools that include only our students and staff, such as assemblies, professional learning, student government meetings, etc. will continue as normal. Examples of public gatherings of more than 50 people that will be suspended are concerts, public forums, and spectators attending sporting events.

    The circumstances around this looming public health challenge seem to change rapidly. We will take action according to those circumstances, with the guidance of public health officials, in an effort to assure the safety of everyone who learns, works and visits our schools.  

    I will continue to communicate directly with families as events require.


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

  • March 12, 2020

    Dear Lancaster Central School District Families,

    I want to reassure you that district officials are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation moment-by-moment and following all directives from the New York State and Erie County Health Departments. The district will continue to post information to our website as part of our overall communication strategy.

    As a reminder the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Erie County Department of Health (DOH) recommend that students or staff stay home when sick. If students or staff show symptoms of COVID-19, please consult your personal or family medical provider. As a reminder, COVID-19 spreads from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes; therefore, practicing proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette is essential. Our faculty and staff will continue to emphasize good handwashing and coughing/sneezing practices with students to avoid the spread of germs. The district has been and will continue to perform more frequent environmental cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.

    The local health department will notify the district if and when a particular school building must close due to COVID-19 and when a school can reopen. The district will work in collaboration with the state and local health officials to close school and/or cancel large events, if necessary the New York Department of Health and the governor have mandated that all schools with confirmed cases of COVID-19 report such cases and close school immediately for 24 hours.  During that time, the DOH will investigate the threat of spread and if there is a need for prolonged closure.  Should this happen, the district will communicate with families about the next steps including identifying what continued instruction could look like in the event we close.

    Thanks, in advance, for your support and understanding as we navigate this unchartered territory. As new information becomes available, I will continue to update the LCSD community. Please see below for additional resources. 


    Michael J. Vallely, PhD
    Superintendent of Schools

    NYS DOH Guidance

    SED General Guidance Page

    NYSED/NYSDOH Joint Guidance Memo

    Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Schools

    Executive Order Number 202 - State of Emergency

    CDC COVID-19 Home Page

    John Hopkins Map

  • Please read this important message regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

    March 2, 2020

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    While the Lancaster Central School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our schools, we are aware of concerns in the community about the spread of this relatively new virus.

    The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Erie County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

    If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.

    The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools and buses, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. We have also purchased additional hand sanitizer stations that will be located in high traffic areas.

    There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

    Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.

    Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:

    In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

    The district will continue to share information as it becomes available. 

    Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.


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