Letter from the Superintendent 9.28.22

Letter from the Superintendent 9.28.22
Posted on 09/28/2022
letter from the superintendent 9.28.22

Update: Both students have been safely located and have been reunited with their families.


Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

As you may be aware, two Rondout Valley High School students have been reported missing. Law enforcement was contacted immediately yesterday upon information brought forth to the district. Upon direction of law enforcement, we are now able to release the following information. Yesterday evening, law enforcement began attempting to locate Zachary S. Hull and Gianna A. St. Hilaire, both 14 years old. They are believed to have voluntarily left school grounds together after school hours, and information was obtained that they may be attempting to leave the state together. 

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective William Carelli at 845-334-5759 or by e-mail at [email protected] You can also call their  24/7 dispatch center at 845-338-3640.

 

We understand that this situation may be difficult for some of our students and they may be experiencing a range of emotions. We encourage you to speak with your children and remind them that there is support available to help them navigate their feelings.  

 

Our qualified team of school counselors, social workers, and psychologists have been on hand to help students throughout the day today and will continue to be available. If you feel that your child is in need of assistance of any kind, please do not hesitate to reach out by contacting any of our counselors. 

 

In addition, our support team has put together the following resources that you may find helpful in speaking with your children about this difficult situation: 

  • Make space to listen to your child’s concerns.
  • Provide factual information and answer their questions without elaboration or extra information.
  • Limit social media and phone usage. 
  • Talk to your child about the importance of not holding onto text messages or social media posts that are concerning. They should report them to a trusted adult. 
  • Look for any changes in their behavior. Change is the biggest indicator that they may be struggling. 


Here are additional resources: 
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After Traumatic Events - A Guide for Parents and Educators
Assisting Parents/Caregivers in Coping with Collective Traumas
Parent Guide - Addressing Traumatic Events with Your Child

 

Please know that we are in contact with law enforcement and are providing any assistance we can with the investigation that is underway. Our sincerest hope is that the students are located and reunited with their families quickly. Please keep the students and their families in your thoughts. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Joseph Morgan

Superintendent