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Superintendent Update - South HS Resumes Classes Tomorrow

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff of South High School,

As you are aware, a suspicious device was found at Clarkstown High School South earlier today. The police investigation determined the device to be a container filled with concrete and not an explosive. In an abundance of caution, the building was evacuated and all students and staff were sent home. In addition, law enforcement completed a sweep of the building with bomb sniffing dogs and determined it to be safe. As a result, all normal operations will resume tomorrow morning.

At this time, I would like to thank our South High School Principal Deb Tarantino, her administrative team, teachers and staff for a tremendous job and their strong leadership while focusing on safety first. The students did an excellent job in following our emergency protocols. As always, we value our partnership with the Clarkstown Police Department, Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and the NYS Police and appreciate their immediate and thorough response to this incident.

A special thanks to our Transportation Department for providing the resources to ensure a swift and safe evacuation of our students. We are fortunate to have these professionals in our District. I appreciate the ongoing collaborative efforts of all members of our District Safety Team and Communications staff.

If you have any questions, please call me at (845) 639-6418.

Martin D. Cox Superintend