School opening information from Principal Dr. David Heisey...
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with important information regarding the opening of school. School begins for students on Tuesday, September 6, which is a full day session (8:08 am – 2:24 pm).
The following information is grade specific, with the applicable forms enclosed and available for download on the high school page of the district website.
Senior Students: Senior students will have the privilege for parking in the high school student lot, on Cedar Street and in Green Forest Park. Parking permits will be issued to senior students who live 1+ miles from the high school campus. Students who live 1 mile or less from campus, are not eligible to apply for a parking permit. Mileage calculation for parking permit eligibility is identical to that used to determine eligibility for bus transportation. If there is a question about your student’s eligibility for a permit, you may contact the high school office at 908.889.8600, extension 3413.
It is imperative that permit eligible 12th grade students planning to drive to school procure a parking permit before the start of school. Permit applications are available online, and through the Attendance Office located in the front of the building (door # 1). Students can return registration forms now through Friday, August 19. Students must provide a copy of their valid NJ State driver’s license and a copy of each vehicle registration card they plan to drive when returning their parking permit application. A DMV learner’s permit does not qualify as a valid NJ driver’s license. A lottery system is used to determine the parking location for each student that completes a registration form. One permit will be issued per household.
Parking permits will be available for pick up from the Attendance Office beginning Monday, August 29 thru Wednesday, August 31 between the hours of 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00–2:30 pm. Your attention to this schedule is expected.
Parking on and around the high school campus is a privilege.
As the school year progresses and as long as there are spaces available, permits will continue to be issued to those eligible students that drive to school.
Junior & Senior Students: Parents/guardians need to be made aware of the provision which requires high schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses and phone numbers of students. You do have the option to “exclude” your student from this list. The requirements are contained in the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” and the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002.” Both laws override any previous restrictions found in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act about disclosing student information to military recruiters. We plan to provide the branches of the military with the information required in the laws mentioned above. However, parents may select to “opt out” of this requirement. Should you not want your son/daughter’s name to appear in the directory that is disclosed to military recruiters, or in any outside list or publication, I am asking that you notify my office in writing prior to Friday, September 9. Requests to “opt out” can be e-mailed to email@example.com, faxed to 908.889.8254, or returned to my office using the enclosed OPT OUT form. Be sure to include your student’s name and grade, along with your name all in a legible format. As a practice, we only provide the military with information on students in grades 11 and 12.
Junior Students: The State of NJ requires school districts to screen for scoliosis once every two years. Pupils in grades 9 & 11 will be screened during Physical Education classes. If you DO NOT want your child screened in school, please let our nurses in the Health Office know in writing. Information can be faxed into the Health Office at 908.889.1812 or 908.654.7535, or returned to my office using the enclosed form.
Sophomore Students: The Health Office recommends an updated physical for all sophomore students.
Enclosed you will find an emergency card. The information provided is kept confidential and housed in the Health Office. It is important to keep all information current. Any demographic change throughout the school year should be directed to our Counseling Office (ext. 3412) and any health related update should be directed to the nurses in the Health Office (ext. 3508).
Related to the mandated Health Education Proficiencies, the NJ State Statutes – Title 18A: 35-4.7, indicates that “…any student whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instructions in health, family life education, or sex education is in conflict with his/her conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given, and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result therefrom.” If further information is needed, you may contact me.
Please have your student return the requested information to their first period teacher by Friday, September 9. Forms are also available in the Main Office of the high school and on the high school page of the website. If you do need assistance, feel free to contact us at 908.889.8600, Ext. 3409.
Additional information regarding instructions for the first day of school and your student’s schedule will be mailed to your home within the next few weeks. You are also invited to follow me on Twitter @SPFHS-HEISEY to receive important SPFHS information and announcements.
All Students: Emergency Card-Health Office (yellow)
Grade 10: Physical Examination Form
Grade 11: Scoliosis Screening & Opt Out
Grade 12: Opt Out