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District Health Report and FAQs, Part 15


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Good Afternoon Secaucus Families,


I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to our upcoming week off. Our district COVID-19 cases for this week climbed slightly but still remain relatively low. 

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

  • High School:  2 students
  • Middle School: 1 student
  • Clarendon: 1 student, 1 staff member
  • Huber St: 1 student, 1 staff member


These 7 cases bring our district's total to 393 positive COVID-19 cases for the school year. Thankfully, all of the cases reported were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms. Nevertheless, we will continue to notify anyone who has been “exposed” to these positive cases and quarantine them according to our contact tracing plan. We will also continue to ensure that our buildings are cleaned and disinfected properly, and we encourage all of our students to practice proper handwashing to minimize the spread of all contagious diseases. 


The Parent Communication Form is still open and can be accessed here: There is also an easy-to-use button on the home page that you can click. We look forward to your questions! Below you will find the most recent “FAQs”, culminated from the questions that are asked on this form. 


I would like to wish all those who celebrate a happy Passover, Ramadan Mubarak, happy Easter, and a safe and healthy Spring Break!


Be Well,

Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent



Frequently Asked Questions, Part 15


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:


Q: I heard that starting next year the standards have changed so that my 2nd grader will be learning about the definitions for genitals, child sex abuse, gender-role stereotypes limiting behavior, etc. Is this true? What books and materials will be used to cover these standards? How can I opt-out of these types of discussions that I do not want my child exposed to??


A: We have not updated our  Comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum to the 2020 standards as of yet, but are planning on doing so this summer as part of a major curricular update in our 5-year cycle. Here is a link to the updated standards: Please note that there is no indication that 2nd graders will be learning about the topics you mentioned. Pages 4-15 of the document will give you a more accurate account of what should be covered “up to 2nd grade”. In August, our updated Comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum will be posted on the website and will include digital resources that parents can review before it is taught to their children. Please note that you as a parent have the right to excuse your children from controversial health or sex education topics that they are learning at any grade level in our school district (just write a note indicating this that can be uploaded into Realtime). Parents have also been sending me sample lessons and websites that other districts have used to teach some of these controversial topics. As a district, we will develop our own lessons based on these 2020 standards that we are mandated to follow as a public school district. Any issues with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards should not be addressed with us. They are the product of the state department of education and approved by the governor. 


 Q: Are kids going to get tested on NJ Ask or NJSLA test this year? If yes, then do we have the dates for the exam?


A:  Yes, students in Grades 3-11 will be tested in the NJSLA this year. The dates for the elementary schools are as follows:

  • Week of May 16th: ELA & Math (Grades 3-5) and Science (Grade 5)
  • Week of May 23rd: Make-Ups

These dates will be posted on the school's Google calendars shortly. 

The middle and high school dates are on their Google calendars, located here:

Testing dates for the NJSLA at the secondary level begin on May 16th. 


Q: Are there any updates on full-day pre-k in our district?


A: We are continuing to actively look for ways we can expand our pre-k program in the district to meet the needs of our community members. Please note that the state funding application for the upcoming school year is not open and we can not apply for these funds at the moment. We still do not have the space needed to provide our students with what is required in the grant. We also do not have the transportation in place to transport our students to out-of-district child care facilities in order to run a full-day Pre-K program. 

In the meantime, we have an excellent ½ day program running in our district that still provides the preparation needed to excel in Kindergarten. We are proud of our certified teachers and aides who provide these pre-school students with an abundance of academic and social support to ensure their success in our kindergarten programs. While other towns, such as Rutherford, charge the parents to attend ½ day Pre-K programs, our town fully funds these programs through our local budget and has so for years. 


Q: I heard the district calendar was revised at last night’s board meeting. What changed?


A:  We had one extra snow/emergency day that wasn’t used this school year. That day was given on the Tuesday of Memorial Day weekend as a day off for everyone. The amended calendar can be viewed here:

It is also accessible online at under DISTRICT->INFORMATION->CALENDAR