Letter from the Superintendent Re:Recent Lockouts

Letter from the Superintendent Re:Recent Lockouts
Posted on 02/12/2020
Letter from the SuperintendentFebruary 12, 2020 

Dear Rondout School Community:

In the past week, we have placed our Kyserike Road campus on lockout twice due to reports of gunfire in the area. 

Both times, upon reports of the shots, campuses immediately implemented lockout procedures, which prohibit anyone from entering or exiting the buildings. Our School Resource Officers, who are assigned by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, investigated the origin of the shots and found them to be lawful target practice on neighboring private property that was occurring at a legal distance from the school. At no time were students in danger. 

Although we live in a rural area where we can expect to hear gunfire from hunters or target practicing, we certainly understand that any potential threat at your child’s school can be very upsetting. We want to assure you that safety is always the first and foremost priority in all our decisions.

We have protocols in place, which are reviewed with our law enforcement experts, to ensure proper safety responses are applied to any situation. In this instance, we want our parents and guardians to be aware that the property owner has indicated that future target practice will sometimes occur during the school day. 

We will continue to be vigilant and investigate any reported shots, but our response may be different in the future; lockouts may not always be implemented. We will continue to make all decisions in conjunction with law enforcement and with the safety of students as the top priority.

Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building principals or directly to me. 

Very truly yours,

Joseph Morgan, Superintendent

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