West Orange School District to Provide Heightened Security at Schools This Week; Board of Education Meeting on Monday, December 17

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Public School District has issued another statement regarding the shootings in Newtown, Ct.:


Dear Parents: Important Information for Monday, December 17, 2012

​As we all try to come to grips with the tragedy in Newtown, Ct our focus is on the families and students in West Orange.  We want you to know and think about the following:

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  • We recommend you have some discussion about the incident at home.  Other students will have learned about it from parents or older siblings and it is best your child hear about it from you first.  The discussion does not need to be in detail, just that something happened which scared students and while it was far from here some of your friends might be upset so it is best to talk about your feelings with a counselor;
  • We request you call school tomorrow if your child has been impacted by what happened and may need special help;
  • We have requested that the West Orange Police make their presence at our schools more frequent and for longer periods of time tomorrow and the rest of the week. They have agreed and will have a police presence at all schools at opening and dismissal.  We greatly appreciate their cooperation;
  • Since most parents do not have any experience dealing with an incident this tragic we have provided some websites which will give you some guidance in talking with your children – please see links below:
​James O'Neill, Interim Superintendent
(973) 669-5400 ext 20510
The District issued a statement yesterday regarding the tragic events at Sandy Hook School on Friday, December 14.
A Board of Education is scheduled for tomorrow night, Monday, December 17, at 8:00 pm, at Mt. Pleasant School, 3 Manger Road.

Items of interest include the 'approval and adoption of Emergency Operations Plan and Crisis Management Manual for the West Orange Public Schools,' under Curriculum and Instruction; Recommendation for 'approval of School Calendar modifications due to Hurricane Sandy: 2/14/13 Full Day, and 2/15/13 Extended Single Session,' and recommendation for 'approval of Rotating Block Schedule for WOHS beginning September 2013'.  
The agenda posted on the website is preliminary.  Additional information may be posted prior to Monday night's meeting.
The link to the preliminary agenda is here: 



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