On Jan. 26, Canajoharie Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw sent letters to Canajoharie parents to share information about a concern raised by East Hill Elementary students in regards to a visitor at school on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The text of the letter is below.
Dear Canajoharie families,
The purpose of this letter is to share information with you about a concern raised by East Hill Elementary students in regards to a visitor at school on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
During breakfast, a family visitor present in the East Hill cafeteria interacted with students in a manner that made some of them feel uncomfortable. Students reported the situation to staff members, who in turn brought the matter to the attention of building and district administrators. The administrative team immediately began an investigation, contacted police and addressed the concern.
Please be assured that appropriate district supervision was present during breakfast. The district will immediately modify some procedures for the East Hill School community including the following:
• During morning drop off, parents and guardians will be allowed into the front vestibule—through the first set of glass doors. An adult staff member will be in the vestibule to greet students. Only students will be allowed through the second set of glass doors, which will be locked.
• Effective immediately, visitors will no longer be allowed to join students for breakfast or lunch.
While we realize that some parents and other family members will miss the opportunity to join their children in the cafeteria, we feel the change is necessary to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
Please be assured that the safety and security of our students is our first priority and district staff will soon have a meeting with East Hill families in regards to ongoing safety actions the district is taking. If you have any questions, please feel free to call my office, and thank you for your continued support in providing a safe educational environment for our students.
Deborah P. Grimshaw
Superintendent of Schools