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Food Service to Children with Special Dietary Needs
Requests for special accommodations for food service usually come through the school nurse or the Child Study Team case manager. Food Service Director asks for a signed health care provider/doctor’s note/orders so that there are medical guidelines. This procedure carries over from year to year unless changes are provided to the Food Service Director. Regardless of the situation, the child is not to be charged an extra cost. Modifications (eg gluten free or thickened water and juice) are submitted for reimbursement in accordance with Bureau of Child Nutrition Guidelines.
If there is difficulty in implementing the request, or the Food Service Director believes it should be denied, the Food Service Director should contact the School Business Administrator who will work with the applicable party (CST, School Nurse, Affirmative Action Officer) to ensure compliance with regulations.
In the event of a denial the parent must be provided with the Procedural Safeguards outlined in the most current USDA “Accommodating Students with Disabilities in the School Meal Program.”
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As educators, our goal will always be to work together with parents to create an educational environment which enables every child to grow successfully into adulthood.
We welcome your involvement and we encourage you to take the following actions to ensure your child is successful in school:
We are aware of the special role we play in ensuring the physical and emotional safety of our children. The Newton Public Schools take a proactive approach to safety and security with the following critical elements in place:
Please feel free to call Dr. Greene, Superintendent of Schools, at 973-383-7392 or your school principal if you have any questions or concerns.
Parents are the most important adults in helping their children to feel safe away from home. The attached links and documents are resources to help parents enhance their child's safety at home as well.
In the Spring of 2015, New Jersey schools transitioned to a new statewide assessment as part of a group of nineteen states. The group of states, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), has been working for the last several years to develop tests that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics that were adopted by the NJ State Board of Education in 2010.
The Newton Public Schools participated in the field testing of these new assessments in Spring 2014. The attached presentation may help families understand PARCC implementation.
The attached documents are here to help parents establish a PowerSchool account to monitor their student's grades and attendance.
There is a short video available via YouTube on using the Parent and Student Portals.
mLearning guides are digital books with interactive modules available as a free download through the iBooks bookstore. The mLearning Guide titled PowerSchool Student and Parent Portals is available free.