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Lock-out ended at all Monticello schools

May 9, 2016

(11:25 a.m.) Monticello Central School District has ended the precautionary lock-out at George L. Cooke Elementary School, Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School and Monticello High School in Monticello on Monday, May 9.

The lock-out went into place Monday morning at approximately 9 a.m. after school officials were notified by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that police are investigating a homicide that occurred in Monticello on Sunday, May 8.

A lock-out is a precautionary measure where all outside doors are locked to prevent a potential threat from entering a school, but students are permitted to travel from class to class and continue with their regular school day.

Because the lock-out has now been lifted, all outdoor and afterschool activities will take place as regularly scheduled today.

For more information, please contact Superintendent Mangus at 845-794-7700 ext. 70511 and speak with Laura McAndrew.

District initiates precautionary lock-out

May 9, 2016

(9:50 a.m.) On Monday, May 9, 2016, George L. Cooke Elementary School, Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School and Monticello High School initiated their lock-out procedures at about 9 a.m. after school officials were notified by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that police are investigating a homicide in Monticello on Sunday, May 8.

A lock-out is a precautionary measure where all outside doors are locked to prevent a potential threat from entering a school, but students are permitted to travel from class to class and continue with their regular school day.

Because the district is operating on a scheduled two hour delay, security will be sent to secure George L. Cooke and Kenneth L. Rutherford elementary schools while students arrive at school and enter the buildings.

Both elementary schools will be placed on lock-out as soon as the buses drop off all students.

Students will remain in the buildings at all times until it is deemed safe to resume regular activities. Students will not be participating in recess or athletic activities outside today, and field trips and other extracurricular activities are cancelled until further notice.

Extra security has been placed at all schools. Anyone attempting entry into the buildings will be required to show a photo ID prior to the doors being opened, with no exceptions.

“The district’s top priority is always student safety,” said Superintendent Tammy Mangus. “A lock-out is designed to keep the entire school community secure and accounted for until the situation is resolved.”

For more information, please contact Superintendent Mangus at 845-794-7700 ext. 70511 and speak with Laura McAndrew.

Additional details will be released on the district's website and Facebook page as soon as they are available.