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New Berlin, NY 13411
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Superintendent's letter on school safety; community event set for March 8
Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

At this time in our nations history our schools and communities are on edge, especially given the national events of the last few weeks as well as threats at schools last week you may have read about in The Daily Star. The violence at Stoneman Douglas High School is yet again another example of every parent’s nightmare. Whether your loved one is a student or a staff member in a school, tragedies like this can put emotions on edge. When an event like this is followed by threats of violence at schools in our area as they were last week, emotions become more stressed.
Last Friday, February 23, at approximately noon, a vague note written on a student desk was brought to the attention of teachers and administrators at Unadilla Valley Central School. We immediately involved our school resource officer (SRO). The teacher provided the names of the students who sat at and around the desk during all morning classes that day. Our principal was able to get all the students listed to the secondary office prior to the change of the period. Other administrators searched the lockers of the students who sat at the desk in question that morning and found nothing. A lockdown was not the chosen response due to the vagueness of the note, as well as the fact that the students who had the opportunity to write the note were contained in the office. The incident was handled well by all staff involved.

The staff at UVCS is committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of our students and each other every day. Throughout the day on Friday, February 23 at no time were any students or staff threatened or in any danger. The Town of New Berlin and UV partnership to provide a full-time SRO in our school building, along with our upgrades to technology and an excellent emergency response team, continue to be important aspects of how we all put safety first.

The UV emergency response team is preparing our first annual School Safety Night for the Community on Thursday, March 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Please RSVP to 607-847-7500 ext. 1134 by Tuesday, March 6 for purposes of food preparation. We are sure it will help you get a sense for the way we address school safety every day. Thank you for your understanding and support of student learning and school safety.

Bob Mackey
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