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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Mr. Roger Jinks, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent

    Mrs. Rita Oroho Giacchi
    Business Administrator

    Ms. Josephine Ramirez
    Supervisor of Student
    Personnel Services
    District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

    31 Route 181
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-5780


  • 9/21/2020 BOE Meeting Statement, Questions, & Answers

    Posted by Mary Judge on 9/23/2020 2:30:00 PM
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  • 9/18/2020 Update

    Posted by Mary Judge on 9/18/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    I have received emails with recurring questions about why schools are unable to open on October 1st as hoped. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the situation as well as provide an update to our virtual learning plan.  

    Our district is in need of daily substitute teachers, those who will cover for a teacher who is out for the day. In a non-COVID-19 year, we have many vacancies that are uncovered and we anticipate that our need for these substitutes will be significantly greater given the current circumstances. Because of social distancing guidelines, we are unable to use strategies to cover unfilled positions and require more substitutes than we have in the past. I sent a letter out to the community asking for those who are willing to contact human resources and apply for a substitute teacher certificate.  In order to be qualified for a certificate, a person must have sixty college credits, be fingerprinted, and pass a criminal background check. Although we did have interest after the letter was sent and a segment on NBC news aired, it takes time to process the certificates through the State.  

    The entire state is in a substitute teacher shortage, this is nothing unique to Jefferson Township.  The current environment makes it even more difficult to find substitute teachers.

    We are continuing our recruiting efforts and will hopefully have a larger qualified and certified pool of substitute teachers to draw upon so we may reopen our schools in the near future.  

    As I had shared with the community on September 15th, we are continuously reviewing our virtual learning model and identifying enhancements that can be implemented.

    I would like to share with you that we are making the following adjustments to our virtual learning model starting on September 28th:


    • All English Language Learners and self-contained students (with the exception of Pre-School) will attend school four days a week on the current early dismissal schedule. Virtual Wednesdays will remain as previously scheduled.


    • For all virtual learners, we will be combining cohorts and all students will be learning synchronously with their teacher(s) four days a week. Virtual Wednesdays will remain as previously scheduled.


    • Students who attend the Denville and Pequannock campuses of Morris County School of Technology will be transported to those sites four days a week. Virtual Wednesdays will remain as previously scheduled. More information regarding individual schedules will be forthcoming from the High School Principal and Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services.

    Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions regarding the above changes to our virtual plan.


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  • 9/15/2020 Update

    Posted by Mary Judge on 9/15/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Dear Members of the School Community:

    I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we started off this school year in a virtual setting.  No doubt, there were some bumps in the road, and our team of teachers, support staff, and administration have been working diligently to resolve these issues to give our students the best possible experience given the circumstances.  

    Although we all want our students back in our buildings, after much consideration, Jefferson Township Public Schools will continue in a virtual learning environment through at least October 15, 2020.  This decision will be reevaluated no later than October 1, 2020.  

    We are continually looking at opportunities to refine our virtual learning program.  As opportunities become available, we will modify our approach and communicate any changes to you. 

    Should you have any continuing concerns regarding virtual learning, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or principal for assistance.


    Jeanne Howe

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  • Welcome: School Year 2020-21

    Posted by Mary Judge on 8/26/2020 3:00:00 PM
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  • Parent Virtual Handbook

    Posted by Jeanne Howe on 8/26/2020 1:45:00 PM
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  • Return to School Plan--September 2020

    Posted by Jeanne Howe on 7/31/2020 5:45:00 PM

    Please click here for the Return to School Plan website

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  • SOS Update: May 21, 2020

    Posted by Mary Judge on 5/21/2020 12:00:00 PM

    This correspondence was also sent to our local elected officials, Assemblywoman DeCroce, Senator Pennacchio, & Assemblyman Webber. Our district continues to push for economic relief for our district, even during this difficult time. 

    SOS Update 5.21.2020

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  • School Health-Related Closure Preparedness Plan

    Posted by Mary Judge on 5/20/2020 4:00:00 PM
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  • JTPS Budget Cuts Page

    Posted by Jeanne Howe on 4/28/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Please click here to visit our budget website with information on the budget cuts and school funding.

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  • New COVID-19 Website

    Posted by Jeanne Howe on 4/1/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Please click here to access the district's COVID-19 website for information on school closings, distance learning, and resources.

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