PV Schools

Dear Putnam Valley Parents and Caregivers:

Over the past few weeks, based on disciplinary incidents that have come to my attention, I have become aware of an increase in the possession and use of marijuana by high school students.  We are also conscious of the significant regional and national concern about the consequence of drug abuse and involvement. Our own Putnam County Coalition That Cares (CTC) organization has been active in creating more awareness of the consequences that have resulted from the current drug crisis overall.  All of our children are potentially at risk when even a few are under the influence. While our school leaders are paying close attention to this issue, we want to spend our time focusing on creating the best possible educational experience for our students. Unfortunately, the few negative instances take a great deal of time as we must investigate thoroughly, with all of the protections of due process.  

Each year, the school is required to have a variety of safety drills, including lockdown simulations. As has been the practice in the past, this year, there is a strong likelihood that the Sheriff’s department will bring their canine division to the high school during the lockdown drill that will take place between now and the end of the school year.

We want you to know that we are committed to creating a safe and productive educational environment for all students.


Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Frances Wills