HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights Superintedent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant presented two reports as part of his Superitendent's Report at the January Board of Education meeting. The reports were the Student Safety Data System (SSDS) and the graduation report.

The SSDS collects incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, substance use, and harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB), as well as HIB trainings and programs. The reporting period was from September 1 to December 31, 2019. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the School Performance Reports also include suspensions, expulsions, transfers, police notifications and arrests, which are reported to the New Jersey Department of Education.  The numbers were as follows:

Hasbrouck Heights HS:

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5 incidents of violence/vandalism/substances/weapons, and HIB confirmed

17 Other incidents leading to removal

1 alleged HIB incident reported; not confirmed

4 HIB trainings

1 HIB programs

Hasbrouck Heights MS:

5 reported incidents, 

5 Other incidents leading to removal

3 alleged HIB incidents reported; neither were confirmed

0 HIB trainings

3 HIB programs

Euclid School:

0 incidents of violence/vandalism

0 Other incidents leading to removal

0 alleged HIB incident

0 HIB trainings

4 HIB programs

Lincoln School:

0 incidents of violence/vandalism

0 Other incidents leading to removal

0 alleged HIB incident

0 HIB trainings

4 HIB programs

The graduation figures are the numbers the district filed with the state in June. Helfant said that the "state now wants us to report to the community exactly how people graduate."

2019 Hasbrouck Heights had 143 students graduated, 141 graduated, 1 continued, 1 dropped out.

The number of students who graduated under the substitute competency test process:

ELA 28

Math 35

There were two students who graduated under the portfolio appeals process for ELA. Several students received diplomas as a result of meeting alternate requirements for graduation as specified in their Individualized Education Plans (IEP) -  three for English Langauage Arts, and four for Math. No students were denied graduation from the 12th grade class because of failing to pass any of pathways, i.e., PARCC assessments, substitute competency test, or portfolio appeals.

Helfant also announced that the state has allocated additional funds for parents to help resolve special education disputes with their district. The funds can provide assistance in helping parents obtain an attorney or advocate to resolve conflicts.

Parent Antonette Vignola asked whether parents will be notified about the state's offering to assist special education parents. Helfant said he'd speak with Department of Special Services Janine Gribben about sending it to parents, and noted it would be published on the district website. 

As part of the regular business, the Board accepted the resignation of high school teacher Kara Doyle, effective June 30. Michael Warren, president for the Hasbrouck Heights Education Association asked whether the Board would recognize Doyle for her 17 years of service to the district. Helfant said they are planning on doing something toward the end of the school year.



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3 alleged HIB incidents reported. 1.5 confirmed