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Acting Superintendent Report and FAQs - March 3, 2023



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Good Afternoon Secaucus Families,

I hope everyone is doing well!

As we progress through the month of March, we are looking toward the Spring and all that the warmer weather has to offer. We just finished another successful “Read Across America Week” in our elementary schools, where many parents, staff members, administrators, students, and police officers, and town members read to our students! If you didn’t get a chance to see the pictures, please visit our Facebook site at: 

Winter sports have ended, with the exception of our Girls Basketball team who will be playing New Providence in the Group 2 state finals in Toms River at 12:00pm tomorrow! We wish our players well and know that they will come home with a state title! Go Patriots! If you are interested in attending this game, tickets can be purchased online here:

The latest FAQ based on the “Parent Communication Form” questions that have been asked for the past two weeks is located just below this letter. If you have any questions to ask, or would just like to leave a comment for the administration, the form is located here: There is also an easy-to-use button on the home page that you can click that will lead you right to the form. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best Regards, 


Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent



Frequently Asked Questions - 3/03/2023


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: My kids play on the elementary school playground each day. When my child needed to use the bathroom, I asked to enter the building so that she could go. The security guard refused access to a child! Why did that happen?


A: According to our district policy, 7440 - SCHOOL DISTRICT SECURITY (M), “Access to school buildings and grounds outside the hours school is in session shall be limited to personnel whose employment requires their presence in the facility.  An adequate key control system will be established to limit building access to authorized personnel and guard against the potential of intrusion by unauthorized persons who have obtained access improperly.” While some playgrounds on our school grounds may be open after school hours, we can not and have never permitted students or other Secaucus residents to enter our facilities to use our bathrooms. If you would like to have full access to bathroom facilities while your child is playing, you can use some of the other public parks and playgrounds in town. 


Q: I missed the High School Open House parent night. How can I find out more information on what is offered at the High School?


A: You’re in luck! We have a recording of the High School Open House available on our YouTube channel, and you can access that by clicking here:

For more information about our programming, please visit the school pages via our website. A direct link to the Secaucus High School website can be found here:


Q: Why am I being required to go to court if my child is absent multiple times during the school year?


A: Please note that according to board Policy 5200 (Student Attendance), “In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25, every parent, guardian, or other person having control and custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen shall cause the child to regularly attend school.  The Board of Education requires students enrolled in the school district attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the State..” When violations of the policy, such as excessive absences accrue, N.J. Admin. Code 6A:16-7.6A states, “Court referrals may be made when unexcused absences are determined by school officials to be violations of the compulsory education law, pursuant to 18A:38-25, and the district board of education's policies, in accordance with (a) above, the parent may be referred to municipal court.” Please contact your child’s school if you have further questions about this matter.