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A letter from the superintendent: CiTi BOCES incident

December 20, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Good afternoon,

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office released the following press release this morning:

“This morning, December 20th, 2021, at around 7:30 AM, Oswego County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers were investigating a social media threat … at BOCES in Mexico, NY. During their investigation, they spoke to three suspicious people in a car parked in the parking lot. As a result of their investigation, all three people were detained. In the car at least two handguns and drug paraphernalia were found.

The BOCES Campus has been shut down for the remainder of the day and all students have been either returned to their home school or to their residence.

This is currently being investigated and there is no further information at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (315) 349-3411.”

Thanks to the swift action of our partners in law enforcement and at CiTi, and the incredible communication and teamwork from the onset of this incident, our transportation staff were alerted of the situation upon arrival and informed to return our students back to their home district or residence.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will do a thorough investigation and those involved will be held accountable to the extent of the law.

CiTi will be switching to remote learning on Tuesday, December 21, for Mexico campus programs with the intent to return in person on Wednesday, December 22. The Paul V. Moore High School students that attend CiTi BOCES on the Mexico campus will be provided spaces tomorrow within our high school and will use their Chromebooks to receive their remote instruction from CiTi BOCES. Unfortunately, we do not have the available bus drivers to transport those BOCES students home midday. We will continue to update you as we receive information. Everything else is running as normal tomorrow.

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and your assistance is a valuable resource. Please continue to notify the school district and/or police anytime you hear concerns.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Colabufo

Superintendent