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Principal- Leslie Handler

Welcome Back Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year.
As principal of the Valhalla Center, I promise that this is going to be a great year!
I am extremely excited to be working with a highly experienced and dedicated group of staff members. This year many of our staff are returning here with a few new additions that we are happy to have join us. We will work with each student to increase their abilities and teach them skills to be as independent as possible in an individualized, engaging, and supportive manner. This includes their academic, behavioral, and social emotional skills.

As I reflect on the last year, your children, our students have been amazingly resilient, flexible, and cooperative in adjusting to all the many changes that we have implemented. This includes all their newly acquired abilities with technology and the different safety protocols. We will continue to build on all these strengths that they have displayed.

This year the program at the Valhalla Center will consist of 5 classes. We have two AIIM classes, one for our middle school students and the other for our high schoolers. There is a TSP-DD class for middle school and high school students and the two CAD classes with one for the middle school students and one for the high school students.

All of the Southern Westchester Reopening plan guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of all of the students and the staff. This includes all the procedures we put in place last year such as social distancing, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, and a change in our arrival and dismissal procedures.

The students have been as successful at the Valhalla Center because of our collaborative relationship working with parents, guardians, and our school districts. This partnership ensures that the students receive the best education that we can provide. I look forward to continuing this with all of you.

Please remember that the staff and I am here to assist you in any way possible.

My door is always open, and you can reach me at or at 914 784-2727.

Take care and be safe,

Leslie Handler

Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Special Services
Valhalla Center
65 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595