Please read the following Back to School information for the Lion PRIDE Academy.
Dear Lion P.R.I.D.E. Parents, Guardians, and Students:
Welcome to the second year of the Lion P.R.I.D.E. Academy (LPA). I hope everyone had a great summer, and I look forward to a great school year. The following information highlights significant events, dates, and important information that will make the transition to the new school year successful.
What to Expect from the Lion P.R.I.D.E. Academy?
- An alternative setting with small class sizes and the support of Effective School Solutions.
- Students will have an opportunity to purchase breakfast and lunch through the cafeteria which will be delivered to the the Academy daily.
- School breakfast $2.75, School Lunch $3.50, Featured Favorites Lunch $4.50. We are continuing this year with a cashless cafeteria. You may set up an account by visiting the school’s food services webpage by clicking here. (Note: freshmen and new students will be added to the MySchoolBucks system by mid-August.)
- The best source of information about what is going on in the LPA is your child; we encourage you to regularly discuss with your child the events of their day at North Hunterdon High School. If you have further questions or concerns you can contact the Academy Director, Mr. Pellechio at 908-713-4159.
SCHOOL OPENING DETAILS
Please review the North Hunterdon-Voorhees district’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year, click here. Most Academy students will not follow the hybrid schedule listed in the plan and will be attending school in-person every day. Academy students were evaluated on a case by case basis with your case manager.
All students will report to the Academy (Room 130) Thursday, August 27. Each school day is an early dismissal under the reopening plan, so students will be in the Lion PRIDE Academy from 7:45am-11:55am.
Bus information will be located in Aspen under the Transportation tab. Students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes prior to pick-up. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 908-735-6811.
Masks and face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required while on the North Hunterdon High School campus at all times. Please note that masks with vents and exhalation valves are not permitted. The CDC recommendations for wearing masks can be found here. Based on recent studies, we are discouraging the use of gaiters and bandanas as face coverings as they are found to offer the least protection. We recommend students and staff members wear cloth masks, N95 masks or surgical masks as these were found to offer the
Doors will be opened for students at 7:30 a.m. Students may enter through the LPA entrance located in the rear of the building (see map below). Students may not enter the building prior to 7:30 a.m.
ROUTE 31 AND REGIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC PATTERNS
During the school year, more than 2,000 people are attempting to enter the facility between 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. This traffic is comprised of senior drivers, staff members, school buses, and parents/guardians. It is vitally important that all vehicles yield to pedestrians and school buses while on campus. The speed limit on campus is 5 miles per hour. Your support of our efforts to maintain a safe environment is appreciated.
IMPORTANT: EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
Early dismissals are discouraged; however, the school will honor medical/dental appointments and extreme emergencies.
- To arrange for early dismissal, a parent/guardian must write a note, or preferably send an email to the Attendance office specifying the student name, date, time, and reason for the request. Emails can be sent to email@example.com.
- The attendance office will contact the Lion P.R.I.D.E. Academy teachers
- When picking up a student, the parent/guardian must go to the LPA entrance to meet the student and sign the early dismissal book.
The Lion P.R.I.D.E. Academy will follow NHV calendar. A link to the 2020-2021 district calendar as well as the LPA website is on North Hunterdon High School’s website, http://www.nhvweb.net/nhhs/home/. For school events, please click on the Community Calendar link on the school’s homepage (calendar icon in upper right corner). The Community Calendar is updated throughout the school year, as events are subject to change. Please click here to view the calendar.
CHROMEBOOKS AND INTERNET ACCESS
All students will receive a district issued Chromebook. They will be brought into the Academy on Thursday, August 27. If your child opts to bring his/her own personal Chromebook, please click here for a list of acceptable devices. If your child is bringing their own device, they will need to be registered on the school network. Contact Mr. Pellechio at 908-713-4159.
Parents must complete a Chromebook agreement form and the acceptable use policy form in Aspen in order for their child to receive a Chromebook and gain access to the Internet and school network. Parents of students bringing their own Chromebook must also fill out an agreement form. These forms are available in Aspen, under Page Directory, then Technology Forms. Please fill out one of the Chromebook agreement forms and the acceptable use policy form prior to August 27th so there is no delay in providing your child with their Chromebook and/or internet access.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
This year we will have Back to School Night on September 9, 2020 and it will be held virtually. Back to school messages will be posted on this Academy website.
The Handbook was developed as an information resource. It explains procedures, student’s rights and obligations. The handbook is available online at our website at http://www.nhvweb.net/lionprideacademy/ under the Handbooks tab.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICIES
North Hunterdon High School is an alcohol and drug free zone. Any student found to be in possession of any illegal substances or alcohol will be disciplined and charges will be filed through Clinton Township Police Department. Any student believed to be under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol will be required to submit to a drug/alcohol screening before returning to school. In order to ensure a safe and drug free school environment, North Hunterdon High School will work with Clinton Township Police and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s office on preventative measures, including but not limited to, the use of canines to detect drugs in school. If drug sniffing dogs are used, parents will be notified after the event so they are aware of these preventative measures.
VISITING NORTH HUNTERDON HIGH SCHOOL
During school hours, all visitors will enter the building through the Route 31 entrance. All exterior doors are locked and you will need to use the intercom button to state your reason for visiting to the security personnel, who will then unlock the door. Visitors must then stop at the security desk to sign in and present an ID. The security personnel will provide a visitor’s pass, which must be visible at all times while on campus. Visitors who are not wearing a pass will be escorted to the main office. At the end of the visit, visitors will sign out at the same security desk where they signed in.
In order to create a positive school atmosphere, attire and grooming should be school appropriate, reasonably modest and neat. A student’s appearance must not disrupt the teaching or learning process; therefore, the guidelines below must be followed:
- Appropriate and safe footwear must be worn at all times. (i.e. no bare feet, slippers, cleats, rollershoes, etc. are permitted).
- Heads should be uncovered at all times (hats, hoods, bandanas, and sweatbands are not to be worn during school hours).
- Leggings, yoga pants or other excessively tight pants must be worn with an appropriate length shirt/top and must conform to other elements of the dress code.
- Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be an acceptable length (just below fist level when arms are straight) and may not be excessively tight (micro/tube skirts, spandex/exercise shorts, or other excessively tight apparel is not permitted).
- All clothing must cover undergarments, midriff, and cleavage.
- Clothing that excessively exposes the anatomy is not permitted (i.e. halter tops, strapless tops, open backs, tube tops, clothing worn below the hip line, any garment that is see through, etc.)
- No tank tops/sleeveless shirts of any kind are permitted to be worn by boys.
- Clothing with inappropriate pictures, liquor advertisements, sexually suggestive messages, tobacco, weapons, or gang affiliations; slogans that contain offensive or obscene words, symbols, or signs; or slogans depicting violence or degrading any race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, social or economic status, sexual orientation or drug-related messages are not allowed.
- Any articles of clothing or accessories with studs, chains, spikes or cleats that could cause damage to other students or to property are not permitted.
- Outdoor jackets or coats are not permitted except when entering or leaving the building, or when there are special circumstances during the school day.
- Non-prescription sunglasses and glazed and tinted glasses are not permitted except as prescribed by the student’s doctor.
- Any articles which are considered distracting or disruptive to the educational process are subject to administrative review.
Any articles that are deemed by the administration as distracting or disruptive to the education of the students will not be permitted.
Students who violate the policy may receive one after school detention, with increasing penalties for subsequent offenses. Students will be sent to the Director of Student Activities or Assistant Principal’s Office and asked to change into more appropriate dress. Parents should understand that they might be asked to bring a change of clothing to school for students who are in violation of this school policy. The school administration reserves the right to make a final decision regarding appropriate dress in school and at school-sponsored events. If parents cannot be reached to bring appropriate clothing to the school, the student will be placed in the In-school Suspension Room until such time as appropriate attire can be provided.
CONTACTING AN ADMINISTRATOR
Periodically parents ask, “Who do I talk to if an issue exists that affects my child?” My best advice is to begin with the teacher, or advisor who is closest to the issue and can offer real-time advice. This can best be accomplished by calling the school (713-4199) and leaving a message. This step should always be taken prior to using other options. If however, you believe that a satisfactory response has not been rendered, the following is a list of administrators and the areas that they supervise:
|NAME||RESPONSIBILITY||TELEPHONE EXTENSION||E-MAIL ADDRESS|
|Robert Pellechio||Assistant Principal/
|Lee Kaufman||Effective School Solutionsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Greg Cottrell, Ed. D.||Principalemail@example.com|
If you have exhausted these steps without satisfaction, please feel free to call me at (908) 713-4121 or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We extend our best wishes to everyone for a successful school year.
Greg Cottrell, Ed.D.