The purpose of this letter is to provide you with important information regarding the opening of school. School begins for students on Wednesday, September 5, which is a full day of school (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 are eligible 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 through a lottery system. Students who live less than 1 mile from the campus are not eligible for a parking permit. It is imperative that any 12th grade student planning to drive to school procure a parking permit before the start of school. Permit applications are available through the Attendance Office (Door #1) and on the SPFHS website under the Information & Forms Tab – Senior Class.
Students are able to return registration forms now through Friday, August 10.
Students must provide a copy of their valid NJ State driver’s license, and a copy of the vehicle registration card when returning their Motor Vehicle Registration Form.
Motor Vehicle Registration Forms need to be returned signed. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar and follow all school driving and parking regulations as detailed on the form.
A DMV learner’s permit does not qualify as a valid NJ driver’s license.
A lottery system will be used this year to determine the parking location for each student that completes a registration form. One permit per household will be issued.
Students that apply for a parking permit can pick up parking permits as scheduled below, unless otherwise notified.
Parking Permit Pick-up Schedule – Attendance Office (Door #12)
DATES: Monday, August 27 thru Wednesday, August 29
TIMES: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Your attention to this schedule is expected and appreciated.
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 senior 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 7. Requests to “opt out” can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 and 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 examination for all sophomore students.
Enclosed you will find a yellow 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 Period 1-2 teacher by Friday, September 7. 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.
David L. Heisey, Ed. D.
Enclosures and LINKS to the forms:
All Students: Emergency Card
Grade 10: Physical Examination Form
Grade 12: Opt Out