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Dear Putnam Valley Families:

With permission from the family, I am so sorry to tell you that one of our high school students, Elias Knapp, had a terrible accident on Friday night which resulted in a serious injury. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. All of our students will be supported by their teachers and counselors in their classes on Monday. Further, in order to provide comfort to those who need our immediate support, we invite you to the high school which will be open tomorrow, Sunday, February 3rd, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. We will have counselors, faculty and staff.  If possible, the comfort dogs will be present.

We will follow up with further information when available.  We urge you to give your children the opportunity to express their feelings, as a tragic event can upset their lives. We hope that by offering opportunities for the students to gather tomorrow and during the school day on Monday, they will be better able to cope and find strength.

Sincerely,

Dr. Frances Wills
Superintendent of Schools