School Closing / Reopening Information:
On Monday, all staff (teachers, secretaries, clerks) will return to work at 8:00AM. All staff should report to the WHS Theater. This will be an inservice day. After the conclusion of the meeting, all staff will report to their respective buildings to continue the day preparing for moves to be made. Holly Glen teachers will report to their new locations. Classrooms that are currently in isolation will be cleared by Monday. Paraprofessionals will report to their respective buildings on Tuesday, October 17.
As of the time of this update, schools will be reopened to students on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Students will report to their assigned schools. Please see the PDF below for detailed instructions on Holly Glen Relocation Plans.
Yesterday, in our daily update, Mr. Earling stated that “any Monroe Township Public Schools student who was not in school on Friday, October 6th will be excused from school on that date”. We need to clarify that Holly Glen had school cancelled that day by the district. Per state code, all students need to be in school 180 days in the school year. If the district cancelled school, then that day will need to be made up. We will provide further information regarding that in the future.
Air Quality and Remediation Information:
General - Please the PDF below for the opinions of TTI regarding reopening of buildings. At this time TTI has not sent any air sampling test results, besides Holly Glen, to the task force or the Superintendent. TTI will forward their raw data and their final report to the Superintendent and the task force as soon as it is done.
At this time, TTI is recommending that All Risk perform a cleanup at Whitehall as a precautionary measure after air sampling all rooms. They will expedite this process. Educational contingency plans are being drawn up by the district administration. The Open Bible Baptist School will be used temporarily to house the Whitehall students for next week. This includes the Just Kids Program as well. The Whitehall buses will be diverted to that building and information regarding bus routes will be forthcoming.. At this point, since this information is currently unfolding, the district will be working through Monday on more detailed plans for Whitehall. The district has been assured that the building is in safe condition and up to code.
Isolated Rooms in Schools are as follows, and will be cleaned and re-tested
WHS - D103
WMS - E101 Music Room, 7-8 Library, Auditorium
Radix - 101, 204, 211
Oak Knoll - Nurse’s Office
Whitehall - Entire Building is currently being air tested
School Events Information:
WMS - The PTO and PAB meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 25th. PTO meeting will be at 6:30PM and the PAB will be at 7:00PM. Both meetings will be in the WMS Auditorium.
Oak Knoll - Terrific Kid ceremony for September/October has been rescheduled for October 24th at 9:30AM.
All Holly Glen and Radix students will still celebrate Halloween with a parade, as planned. The 4thgraders from Holly Glen will be bussed directly to Radix on Halloween and spend the day there. The details for that day’s events are forthcoming.
Parent conferences that were originally scheduled for October 23 - 27 will be postponed to December 4 - 8. October 23 - 27 days will now be full days of school, while December 4 - 8 will be half days.
Holly Glen - In an effort to offer you and your child reassurance during this time of transition from Holly Glen, Radix and WHS would like to provide your family an opportunity to see their new school environment. Please listen for the times of the open houses to be held on Monday evening, October 16th:
Grades K-3 are invited to Radix Elementary at 6:30 p.m.
Pre-school and PDD classes are invited to Oak Knoll at 6:30 p.m.
Grade 4 is invited to Williamstown High School at 5:00 p.m. There, families should park in the gym lot and proceed to Door #26 in the K-wing. Assistance will be provided.
Building administrators look forward to welcoming you! See the Holly Glen website for an informational letter from Mr. Earling.
The bus company is a completely independent contractor within the district. They operate independent of the district. The bus companies were also informed that schools were closed for the week of October 9th. As the district had not made a final determination about school for the week of October 16th, some bus drivers assumed that they would resume routes on Monday October 16th.
Answers to Emails/Messages:
Any teachers who need to submit signed contracts will be provided an appropriate extension on their timelines. Contact your union reps if you are concerned.
Many options for rentals in surrounding townships, for example Total Turf, would have costs that would be prohibitive to explore these options. This is due to rental costs, transportation costs and insurance related issues.
Details on picture days at the various schools (Radix was the specific question) will be forthcoming once the building principals make a decision.
When the isolated room list is made available to the district administration and the task force, we will provide it.
If any student left behind any personal items in any of the buildings, the task force will relay this information to the building administration who will then reach out to the parent with an answer as to when those items will be returned.
Elementary level Halloween festivities will still take place. Details will be forthcoming.
Elementary level special area classes (i.e. Music, Art, Physical Education), as well as TAG classes, will still take place for all grade levels.
When students return to school, there may be some areas of the buildings that are still in remediation. Students will be not permitted in those areas and they will be partitioned off from the general population. HVAC systems will be shut off to those areas as well.
Aramark maintains the HVAC systems in the district buildings and has maintained them since July 1st, 2017. We have requested they provide us with their maintenance logs. Maintenance logs prior to this time have been requested from the previous contractor.
At WHS, the classrooms currently occupied by WHS staff and students have been relocated for the Holly Glen 4th grade. All affected staff have been informed and students will be directed on where their classes will be held upon return.