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Update from Clarence CSD August 5, 2022

Dear Clarence School Family, 

As we move further into August, I wanted to let you know that we are missing your sons and daughters here at school! Because it has been just over a month since my last Friday communication, I thought I would reach out with a handful of quick updates related to summer planning. We will begin to pick up our regular communications in a couple weeks, but until that point, please continue enjoying a warm, safe, fun summer with friends and family.

Note: If you opted out of Clarence texts, calls, or emails this past year, you can rejoin by following the directions listed below:

- Phone calls: Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at "855-502-STOP" from the phone line that has been opted out

- Text (SMS) messages: Reply START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out

- Click here for more detailed information from our Technology Department

Clarence School News: Congratulations to the Class of 2022

Each summer, we put together a newsletter celebrating the students who have just graduated from Clarence. The publication provides profiles on the seniors who earned the highest grade point averages when in High School, and it also includes a section titled, “By the Numbers,” as well as the names of Middle School students who received awards for academic achievement. We recently sent out hard copies to families, but I also wanted to pass along a digital link to the newsletter (click here) as well.

Popsicles with the Principal

If you are the parent of a Harris Hill student, we would invite you to attend a “Popsicles with the Principal” event on Thursday, August 11. (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. for K-2 students; 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for 3-5 students.) The evening is being hosted by the Harris Hill Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and it will be a neat way for families to welcome Mr. Boccaccio to his new role as Harris Hill Principal.

Safety “Tip Line” Up and Running

Over the past year, we have emphasized that if a student sees signs that someone is at-risk of hurting themselves or others, they should say something to a trusted adult. To make reporting as easy as possible, we have created a confidential “Tip Line” which can be accessed on the Clarence homepage. If students, parents, or staff click the appropriate icon, they can anonymously report safety concerns which will be addressed by the appropriate personnel here at school. We would stress, however, that if the concern involves an immediate risk or emergency, individuals should call 911 as quickly as possible. (To help provide additional support for anyone who is in need, we have also included a series of resources below.)

- Kids Helpline - Crisis Services: 716-834-1144

- 24-Hour Crisis TEXT line: Text "Hello" to 741741

- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline for Erie County: 716-834-3131

- National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

- 24-hour Addiction Hotline for Erie County: 716-831-7007    

- 24-Hour Erie County Domestic Violence Hotline: 716-862-4357 

- New York State Troopers: 716-759-6831

- Erie County Sheriff’s Office: 716-858-7618

Capital Project Update

As you drive by our buildings, you will notice a lot of activity taking place this summer. For example, at Harris Hill and Sheridan Hill, our capital improvement team is focused on asbestos abatement, new flooring, and secure main entrances. Across town in the High School, contractors are hard at work completing our new Family Support Center, HVAC upgrades, Auditorium renovations, a secured entrance, as well as asbestos abatement and new flooring. While there are a couple components of the work that may be impacted by supply chain issues and shipping, we will be up and running for students by the first day of school.

Bright Spot

I wanted to end by giving a quick shout out to our amazing Buildings and Grounds Department. They do an incredible job year-round, but over the summer, they go above and beyond to make sure our facilities shine aesthetically for the start of school. From cleaning rooms to waxing floors, fixing general wear and tear to preparing athletic fields, they have us in great shape as we prepare to welcome students and staff back a few weeks from now.

Hoping you can enjoy what looks like a beautiful weekend.


Matt Frahm
Superintendent of Schools