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UPDATE: Schools remain on lock-out as a precaution

May 29, 2015; 11 a.m.

All elementary students have arrived to their schools safely. All schools within the Village of Monticello will remain on lock-out until further notice from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department. The schools on lock-out are: Monticello High School, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, George L. Cooke Elementary School and Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School. The Emma C. Chase Elementary School in Wurtsboro is not on lock-out, based on recommendations by the Sheriff's Department. Emma C. Chase Elementary School will continue to follow its normal safety and security procedures and screen all visitors before entering the building.

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Schools placed on lock-out as a precaution

May 29, 2015; 8:30 a.m.

On Friday, May 29, 2015, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School and Monticello High School initiated their lock-out procedures at about 8 a.m. after being notified by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department that a man with a gun fled police custody and may be in the area.

The Sheriff's Department sent officers 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 on lock-out as soon as the buses have dropped off all students.

People will not be allowed in or out of the building, and students cannot go outside for recess while the school is under lock-out.

Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus will be located at Cooke Elementary School for the remainder of the day.

The district’s website and Facebook page will be updated with information as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact Superintendent Mangus at 845-794-7700 ext. 70511 and speak with her assistant, Laura McAndrew. Additional details will be released on the district's website and Facebook page as soon as they are available.