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Montville School District Announces Changes for 2014-2015: Emergency Alert System & Calendar

TAP Into Montville Staff

Monday, June 23, 2014 • 3:40pm

MONTVILLE, NJ - There are two notable administrative changes occuring in the Montville Township School District for the 2014-2015 school year.

First, beginning on July 1, the District is switching to a new Emergency Alert System called SchoolMessenger from the system utilized over the past number of years, Honeywell Instant Alert.

"As part of this switch to SchoolMessenger, you must verify your contact information and then set your contact preferences for SchoolMessenger within Parent Access," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried said in a recent district-wide communication.

Updating contact information in Parent Access is a feature that was only recently enabled. Additionally, if parents would like to receive text message notifications, they must indicate their willingness to receive them. Click here to read more detailed instructions on updating contact information and activing text message notifications.

"The District will be performing a test of SchoolMessenger in July," Information Technology Services Manager for the District, Austin Thomsen said. "This test will allow you to verify that you are enabled to receive notifications from the new system. The specific date and time of the test notification will be advertised as July approaches."

Second, the calendar for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 school years was modified at the Board of Education meeting on June 3.  The one revision that was made to each of the year's relates to the last line on the calendar page. The revision reads:

“If fewer than 5 emergency days are used, school will be closed on announced days with advanced notice to the community.”

The former line on the calendar indicated that if fewer than 5 emergency days had been used, school would be closed adjacent to the Memorial Day weekend.  This had to be modified as the District recently received the testing dates for next year, and the days adjacent to Memorial Day will be used for testing, or make-up testing, purposes.

"As stated in the new revision, the District will do its best to provide our families with as much advanced notice as possible, as we recognize child care and other issues can be a challenge for our families," Fried communicated.

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