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September 15, 2021

Dear Onteora High School Families,

I hope that this update finds everyone well!  It is a pleasure having students in the building again. Our students are by far the best students that you could ever wish to work with. I am impressed by the manner in which our students are adjusting to our safety protocols. We know that are our plans are not perfect, but the cooperation and input from our students has been welcomed. We will continue to adjust plans to meet everyone’s needs.

Please note the following:

Student Pick Up and Drop Off

To enhance the safety of our school community, we have amended our pick up and drop off procedures. Students who are being picked up at the end of the day / or dropped off in the morning at the Middle/High School should do so at the West end of the building - also known as the area by the tennis courts (going up toward Bennett School).   After dropping off or picking up students at the West end, please proceed out through the tennis court parking area, and around to Route 28.  Please note that if you are picking up or dropping off students during the school day, please do so at the loading dock entrance.

Student Lockers

A few students have requested the use of hallway lockers. We are in the process of assigning lockers and will notify students in the near future with their locker assignments. This information will also be available in the student portal.

Open House
As a District, it has been decided that all open houses this year will be held virtually. In order to adequately prepare for this format, we are changing the date of open house to Thursday, September 30. We will post information on our website with the evening’s schedule and with the Google Meet links for each teacher.

Homecoming Information
Join us in celebrating our student-athletes on Saturday, September 25. A schedule of events will be available on the Athletic Department’s website. Spirit Week will start on Monday, September 20. In lieu of a pep rally, we will be recognizing our fall teams virtually. Additional events will be scheduled.

Student Clubs
Onteora High School offers many extracurricular activities/clubs. Our clubs generally meet after school from 2:45 P.M. until 4:15 P.M. Students will be provided with a late bus pass from their club advisor. The preliminary club meeting schedule has been posted on the high school’s website under clubs.

I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and willingness to work as a high school community to provide the best opportunities for our students.


Lance Edelman
High School Principal