WARREN, NJ - On the eve of the Watchung Hills Class of 2020 virtual graduation and drive through, a Facebook post was widely circulated regarding the omission of a student from this year's Watchung Hills yearbook.
WHRHS Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jewett addressed the WHRHS Learning Community a few hours later:
The District learned today that one or more of our students was left out of our high school yearbook. This is troubling and, certainly, was not intentional. The District would never exclude any student from any aspect of Watchung Hills due to a disability, race/ethnicity, or for any other reason. The social media post alleging that the student at issue and special needs students, in general, were excluded from the yearbook is simply incorrect. As a District, we actively seek to foster a culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. We deeply regret that the student mentioned in the post was not pictured in our yearbook, and we apologize to her and her family for this omission. We are investigating what occurred and are currently looking to see if any other unintentional omissions were made. We will do our best to rectify the situation. Lastly, we intend to carefully review our processes to avoid any erroneous omissions in the future.