Safety Improvements And Procedures Open The School Year
Improvements that add extra layers of security to each school building are nearly complete.
All buildings will have cameras and an intercom system at the main entrance, and the school offices will be secure from the main hallway with electronic locks.  

Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt noted there are also some classroom supplies and practices implemented that are part of a coordinated effort among all Northfield Township elementary school districts and first responders. Each learning area is stocked with an emergency backpack, which provides essential supplies for teachers and students to manage a short-term crisis. Classroom Emergency Response procedures were also updated to align with the township-wide initiative.

New teachers and support staff also received emergency response training before the start of school.  Additionally, each nurse’s office is equipped with an Individual Bleeding Control Kit. All Automated External Defibrillators located throughout the district also contain a kit.
New Guidelines For Parent-Teacher Communication
Dr. Larry Hewitt outlined new specific guidelines for parent-teacher communication. The new guidelines provide some steps that define a communication chain so parents understand what to expect, and teachers and administrators follow a uniform response.

“We encourage early, informal resolution of concerns whenever possible,” he writes.
The policy states:
When a concern is raised, we will:
  • listen and clarify to make sure the concern is understood;
  • ask the parent/guardian to share any proposed resolutions;
  • gather additional information, if warranted;
  • follow up with the parent to share appropriate information regarding resolution of the concern;
  • offer other options to resolve the issue, if appropriate.
At any point, the parent or teacher may ask the principal/assistant principal to join the conversation, if one or the other feels it will be beneficial.

The new policy will be added to the parent handbook and the teacher handbook.
Board Meetings To Live Stream On YouTube
In the interest of transparency and best practices, the board has agreed to begin recording meetings to be broadcast on the district’s YouTube channel. 
Following a start-up cost of approximately $6,000 in equipment, the recordings are estimated to cost about $4,000 annually to produce. 
District Offers 52 Summer Sessions For Teachers
The 2019 summer professional development program included 52 sessions -- 20 more than the previous few years. Many of the sessions are facilitated by our faculty, who share their expertise, and some are facilitated by consultants. The sessions focused on instructional skills and curriculum knowledge in literacy, math, social studies and technology. There were 996 participants – which shows that many teachers took multiple sessions. 

Board Minutes
Each month, the Board minutes from the previous month are approved and posted on the website. View the minutes from July 23, 2019