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     The safety of our students is a top priority.  The addition of Officer Karl vonKnoblauch to our school community is an important step in the right direction of ensuring our students are safe while in our care.  He is serving as a resource and making recommendations on how we can update and improve our existing safety protocols and procedures.  One procedure our staff and administrative team have discussed this year is the dismissal of our elementary students.  As a result of these discussions, we will be making changes to our procedures for picking up elementary students at the end of the day. These changes are designed to make dismissal safer and more effectively supervised.
     Beginning on Monday, April 22nd students being picked up at dismissal time in grades PK-5 will need to be signed out with a member of our staff.  Staff members responsible for the dismissal of students being picked up will have a list of the people that you have approved to pick up your child(ren).  Please fill out the form below and return it to school by Friday, April 12th so we can update our records as needed. 
     Starting Monday, April 22nd, elementary students will be dismissed from the small gym.  Those picking students up will enter the small gym via the door in the vestibule and be greeted by the staff responsible for sign out sheets.  Elementary walkers will also be dismissed from the small gym. 
     Please be prepared with photo identification if you do not normally pick up students, and please be sure all people listed as authorized to pick up your child are prepared to show photo identification.  This will not be necessary every time your child is signed out, but may be as staff learns the names and faces of those picking up our students.  Also, if your child’s routine is to take the bus and he/she is only picked up on occasion, please be sure to send in a note or call the elementary office before 1PM indicating who has been authorized to pick them up.
     The intention of this change in procedure is to keep students safe and ensure they are being released into the care of the right people.  We want to take every precaution we can to make sure your children are getting home safely.  We also want to establish new protocols and procedures that will streamline the process and make dismissal time smooth, efficient, and, most importantly, safe. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we implement this new process.





Dr. David M. Brown, Superintendent

711 Railroad Street
DeRuyter, New York 13052
Phone: (315) 852-3400

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