MHS Staircase Update

September 20, 2018

Greetings Montclair Public Schools Families/Guardians:

As a follow-up to the September 17, 2018 Board Meeting, please note:

  1. Attached is the timeline that was distributed at the meeting (see the first attached document).
  2. Attached is a PDF file with all of the five letters received from our architects relating to the September 7 stairs collapse (see the second attached PDF document).
  3. Attached is the NJ Department of Education Facilities Use Checklist (see the third attached document).
  4. The repair and temporary classroom timelines will be communicated as soon as they are finalized.
  5. Students can access their guidance counselors in the following locations:
    a.   Team II and Team III guidance counselors are located in the Guidance Center on the main floor in the main building.  All students can access their Team II or Team III counselor by stopping by the Guidance Center.  If the counselor is not available, students should leave a note with Ms. Napolitano or Ms. Iovine.  Accommodations will be made for those students requiring private or confidential communications with their counselor.
    b.   Team I and Team IV guidance counselors are still available in their respective offices.
    c.   All students are also encouraged to reach out to their counselors via email to schedule meetings and/or discuss their questions or concerns.


This week the counselors are conducting group meetings with seniors in their PE, Health, and Peer Leadership classes

  • On September 17 the Guidance Office emailed an explanation about this process to parents/guardians.  At these meetings, seniors are encouraged to sign up for individual senior meetings with their counselors, which will begin on October 1.
  • Students with an October or November college application deadline should sign up for a senior meeting as soon as possible. 
  • Team II and Team III students must sign up for their senior meeting with Ms. Napolitano or Ms. Iovine in the Guidance Center or schedule the meeting directly with their counselor via email. 
  • Team I students must schedule their senior meeting with Ms. Varlese in Team I, or schedule the meeting directly with their counselor via email.  

Have a great day!

With excellence, equity, social justice and access,
Dr. Kendra Johnson, Superintendent
Montclair Public Schools

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