Dear Nutley Parents, Staff and Community,

In our efforts to keep the community updated regarding safety and security, I am reaching out again with another update.

The Office of Homeland Security has let us know they are in the process of coordinating all of their partners to conduct the school assessments and associated training in Nutley. We expect to receive additional details and anticipated dates this week. Additionally, the architects were in district last week reviewing the plans for the secure entrances at JHWMS and Yantacaw School. We will be discussing these during the Board Committee meetings this week.

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We have also been continuing to review our policies and refine building usage for district and outside groups. After a close look at visitor access in each building, the administrative leadership team is compiling additional recommendations for review.

Thank you to all those that have engaged in these discussions by sending suggestions for products, services, and funding for safety and security. Each recommendation has been included for consideration. We are pursuing grants to offset the costs of safety and security. Please continue to forward this information to me and/or the Board of Education.

You also have the opportunity to add your feedback regarding safety and security via the Strategic Plan Survey. The survey was released March 13, with a specific question dedicated to this topic. The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 27. If you have yet to reply, please share your thoughts here. The police continue to provide a presence at and around each school, and for community events. They are active participants in each of the conversations and processes of review we are conducting. Their cooperation and collaboration has been critical to our efforts, so far.

In conjunction with the measures already in place, we are hopeful that our due diligence inspires confidence as we continue to identify what we are doing well, those things that may need improvement, and recommendations to enhance the overall level of protection within our buildings.

As stated in previous security updates, once we have details to share, we will invite the community to meetings and discuss our findings and options. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Glazer