Chatham's Washington Avenue School Adds fourth Kindergarten Class; Policy on Vaping Being Written

Washington Avenue School will have four kindergarten classes to accommodate 72 students Credits: TAP Chatham
The new Washington Avenue School playground will be constructed here Credits: TAP Chatham
Parts for the new Washington Avenue School playground that is scheduled to go up before school starts Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa announced that Washington Avenue Elementary School has added a fourth kindergarten class, alleviating the concerns voiced by Chatham mothers last month at the Chatham Board of Education meeting.

LaSusa also reported at Monday's BOE meeting that the district is discussing policy changes that would curb the growing concern about vaping.

The original plan was to have two morning and one afternoon kindergarten class at Washington. But once the number of students was confirmed, the district added a fourth class, which reduced each class size to 18 from 24. There will now be two afternoon and two morning classes.

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Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa reports that enrollment has remained basically the same this year

In regard to vaping, the policy is still being developed by the committee headed by BOE member Rich Connors (see video below).

"We had a discussion on how better we can combat vaping," LaSusa said. "It is illegal. We have a substance abuse policy that includes tobacco and other drugs and alcohol. But we do not have anything that specifically addresses electronic cigarettes and vaping. We want to potentially be more proactive and aggressive in dealing with students who are vaping."

LaSusa also said that Chatham will be implementing the guidelines to the state law that has to do with the administering medical marijuana.

In his report, LaSusa said there were 4,192 students enrolled in the district at this time, compared to 4,185 at the same time last year.

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