An investigation is underway after a Brewster school staff member was accused of having a relationship with a student.

On Thursday Oct. 12, the Brewster Central School District was informed about an alleged inappropriate relationship between a staff member and a high school student.

“Student safety is of paramount importance and we find these allegations deeply troubling,” Brewster Central School District Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte said in a letter to parents.

The school district immediately contacted police and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the allegations.

During the investigation, the unnamed staff member is prohibited from having contact with students, officials say. More details about the school district staff member or the alleged incident weren't released.

The Brewster Central School District arranged for school counselors to be available for students. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the school district also established a 24 hour hotline. Anyone with information can call the hotline at 845-808-4377.

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