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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Mr. Roger Jinks, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent

    Mrs. Rita Oroho Giacchi
    Business Administrator

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

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


  • 9/14 Mask Criteria Update

    Posted by Mary Judge on 9/14/2021 8:00:00 PM

    Due to the predicted heat index of 87-90 degrees tomorrow, September 15th, masks will be optional for non-air-conditioned rooms. Students will be required to wear their masks while on the school bus. Students may remove their masks while seated at their desks and must put them on when walking around the room or the hallways.  Staff may remove their masks if they are six feet or more from other individuals.  Mask requirements will be in place when students and staff return on Friday. 

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  • 9/12 Update

    Posted by Mary Judge on 9/12/2021 5:00:00 PM
    Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
    We would like to thank the entire Jefferson Township community for their patience and understanding during the incident at the Middle and High Schools on Friday, September 10th. At no time was any student, staff, or the community at large in immediate danger and the steps taken on Friday were done out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of all, based on the climate in the world today.
    While the incident is still under investigation, the school district and police department are unable to comment any further on the specifics of the situation; however, based on the preliminary results of the investigation, we believe it to be safe for students and staff to return to the Middle and High Schools on Monday, September 13th.  
    Additional school counselors will be available at the Middle and High Schools for student and staff support tomorrow.  An increased police presence will be at all buildings to also provide support for our school community.
    Should you have any questions, please contact your child's principal or the JTPD.
    Thank you,
    Jeanne Howe            Paul Castimore
    Superintendent          Chief of Police
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  • High School & Middle School Update 4:30 PM

    Posted by Mary Judge on 9/10/2021 4:30:00 PM

    As was communicated via our Blackboard notification system earlier today, the Jefferson Township High School received a call that prompted concern for the safety of the school. The call was received at approximately 8:20 am at which time the high school and middle school immediately entered a shelter-in-place. Jefferson Township police quickly arrived at the school to ensure the safety of all students and began their investigation.

    Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to dismiss the middle and high school students and staff while the police department, officers from surrounding towns, NJ State Police, and Morris County Sheriff continued to conduct their investigation.

    In collaboration with the police department, it was determined that our elementary schools remained safe and secure and could continue with their regular operations for the remainder of the school day. A Township police officer was stationed at each school as an extra precaution. 

    This situation may prompt a range of feelings among our middle and high school students. Please be prepared to have conversations with them following today’s events. Parent resources to help provide support for children after a tragic event can be found on our District Guidance & Counseling Page. In addition, a directory of county services can be found on the Morris County Emergency Management website. Additional counselors will be available at both schools next week in the event your child would like to speak with someone.

    If anyone has any information pertaining to today’s incident, please contact the Jefferson Police 973-697-1300 or CRIMESTOPPERS 973-267-2255. 


    Roger A. Jinks, Jr.

    Roger A. Jinks, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent

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