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District Health Report, "A La Carte" Items, and FAQs, Part 12

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Good Evening Secaucus Families,

 

I hope everyone is doing well. I am happy to report that our district COVID-19 cases have dropped this week, as the state's positive cases continue to decrease. 

The number of positive cases in our district is as follows:


  • High School:  1 student
  • Middle School:  0 
  • Huber Street School: 0 
  • Clarendon School: 0 
  • Millridge School: 0

 

The 1 case brings our district total to 372 positive COVID-19 cases for the school year. 

This is great news, as we transition to a “mask-optional” stance starting on March 7th. Please review the updated Safe Return Plan on the website for more information. 

 

On Monday, March 7th, our cafeterias will also be implementing our “A la carte” items in each school building. Please note that this will be a cashless program and will only be available through the district lunch accounts for each student. Please contact your school’s main office for more details on how to fund your child’s account, if they are interested in purchasing additional breakfasts, lunches, or other items. Faculty and staff will also be able to purchase items from the cafeteria using the pay-for-it account system. 

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, the Parent Communication Form is open and can be accessed here: https://forms.gle/wFy9mQYpd1HdzRuk7. Please enjoy the following FAQs, Part 12, based on the questions that are received in this form. Keep those questions and comments coming!

 

Thank you and enjoy the weekend!

 

Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent

 

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Frequently Asked Questions, Part 12

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Our Parent Communication Form is still open! If there are any questions you would like to ask the district administration, please visit this link to ask: https://forms.gle/Xcx1QzgPN52JFH6DA

 

Q: Would like to voice my opinion on the necessity of a middle school vice principal. I feel strongly about this and would like to know how I can help persuade the powers that be to make this happen. I welcome your feedback

 

A: This forum will be shared with members of the Board of Education, as well as with the public. We are in the process now of constructing our budget for the upcoming school year and all options are being considered at the moment. If you would like to be heard by the board members directly, you can always speak during the public portion of the board meetings. A schedule of meetings is available here.

 

Q: Is our district administering the NJSLA test this year for kids in all grades 3-11? If yes, then when will we find out the dates?  Also, why does the school district wait till last minute to share this type of important information?  I have not seen any of this information on the school website page and I looked everywhere, so please don’t guide me to the page.

 

A:  Yes, the district is administering NJSLA in all grades this school year. The computer-based tests will be administered in May, and the exact dates will be listed as early as next week on all of the school websites. 

 

Q: School lunches are still not up to par. Small helpings of food (one slice of mini Domino’s). Unappealing food choices. I understand that the district is trying to provide free food for all but it’s pretty lacking. The kids even made an Instagram page showing some of the food available. What is being done to address this?

 

A: We have met with representatives from Maschio’s numerous times since we were alerted to instagram posts showing the unacceptable lunch items. Please note that many of those pictures had manipulated lunches on them (made to look inedible in the picture) and they are not typical of what is being served in our school buildings. That being said, we have alerted Maschio’s that many parents and students are not happy with their options. We will continue working with them to expand our offerings to make lunch more pleasing to our students and staff. Please see Maschio’s website for current offerings and price lists. 

 

Q: How are you ensuring that students appreciate their identity?

 

A: The Secaucus School District prides itself on conveying to students that everyone is accepted in our district, regardless of what makes them “unique”. Our Affirmative Action policy (1140 - Affirmative Action Program) states:

“The Board’s affirmative action program shall recognize and value the diversity of persons and groups within society and promote the acceptance of persons of diverse backgrounds regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.  The affirmative action program will also promote equal educational opportunity and foster a learning environment that is free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and harassment based upon race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status in the policies, programs, and practices of the Board of Education.”

 

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