MILLBURN, NJ - Thank you to the more than 400 community members who took time to provide insight and comments on the draft calendars that were proposed at last week’s Board of Education meeting. Your comments were reviewed and tallied and taken into consideration as I revised the drafts to reflect the community's sentiments.
- I have revised the calendars to begin each school year in September.
- Regarding the inclusion of Diwali and Lunar New Year, these are now part of the set of days that I am using to include in the development of the calendars. In some years holidays fall on the weekend or during holiday weeks therefore they have already been included on the calendar as days off.
- Through the Strategic Planning and Health & Wellness processes, we have learned that the community feels strongly that the district needs to put greater efforts into celebrating the ever-growing diversity of our community, while also including enough time for student and family relaxation.
I believe these calendars address the needs of all of our community. I will make a presentation at Monday’s Board of Education meeting (7:45 p.m., MHS Library) about the calendar design process, and the decisions that went into these draft calendars. The calendars will be available in advance of the meeting for public review. The Board will discuss and provide time for public comment.
This week’s letter provides school district families with important annual notifications. I ask you to take the time to read these so you are prepared in case of an emergency while school is in session or if the local police alert us of a stranger situation. We are also notifying you, as required by the Department of Education, about our highly qualified teachers, as well as our annual Integrated Pest Management and Asbestos protocols.
- Emergency Planning
This letter informs you about our procedures should there be an emergency or disaster condition that arises in our area while school is in session. Our school leaders will follow the school district’s emergency operations plan that has been formulated to respond to emergency situations. Please download the letter here to prepare your family should there be such an event.
- Stranger Alerts
The Millburn Township Schools and the Millburn Police Department are committed partners in keeping the children of Millburn safe and secure at all times. We regularly review our Stranger Alert Procedures and share them with you now so that you and your students are aware of basic safety procedures. Please download the letter and review these safety tips with your children.
- Highly Qualified Teachers.
We are required to inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. According to the law a highly qualified teacher must have a four-year college degree, a regular teaching certificate and proof of their knowledge in the subject they teach. All teachers in New Jersey are required to meet this definition, and we are proud that many of the teachers in Millburn go above and beyond these qualifications. Read the letter here..
- Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks. IPM focuses on pest prevention and uses pesticides only as needed. Schools are required to establish an IPM program, with a policy and plan that guides a school's day-to-day activities for controlling pests. We have created an IPM page on the website where annual letters that identify the pest management used in each of our schools are posted. We will be updating this information as needed throughout the year.
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires the Board of Education to notify you each year that there is an Asbestos Management Plan in each facility owned by the Millburn Township Board of Education. These plans are available for your review through the chief administrator of each building.
The Millburn board of education is in compliance with these requirements. The last six-month surveillance was completed in August 2017 and the next six-month surveillance is to be completed in February 2018.
Thank you for your attention to these important matters. For future reference, all of these letters are posted on the Millburn district webpage under Annual Forms & Notifications.