Supporting each student's unique pathway

Steps for Communication: Addressing Your Questions & Concerns

The Morris School District strives to create and maintain open, inclusive, two-way communication with families.  To facilitate this goal and to ensure we can address your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible, we have outlined the following steps for communication.  Please address any questions or concerns to the staff member(s) listed in Step 1, as that person will usually have the most information.  If you feel further discussion is warranted to resolve an issue, please contact additional personnel according to these guidelines.

We have found our dialogue with families to be particularly productive and mutually beneficial when all parties adhere to these recommended norms of communication:  

MSD NORMS OF COMMUNICATION


WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT
ABOUT MY SPECIFIC QUESTION OR CONCERN?


 

BULLYING/HIB
STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: District Coordinator for HIB; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools 

CLASSROOM ISSUES INVOLVING AN INDIVIDUAL CHILD, such as classroom procedures, behavior, grades, schedule, etc.

For Grades PreK-5:
STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools 

For Grades 6-12:
STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…
STEP 2: House Supervisor (FMS) or Assistant Principal (MHS); if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…STEP 4: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Superintendent of Schools

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION, such as subject matter being taught, teaching strategies, textbooks and materials used, etc.

For Grades Pre-K - 5:
STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…STEP 3: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…
STEP 2: House Supervisor (FMS) or Assistant Principal (MHS); if not resolved…STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved… STEP 4: Curriculum Supervisor; if not resolved...
STEP 5: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
STEP 6: Superintendent of Schools

BUDGET & BUSINESS OPERATIONS, OPRA REQUESTS, BOARD OF EDUCATION

STEP 1: Business Administrator, if not resolved…
STEP 2: Superintendent of Schools

EMPLOYMENT & CERTIFICATION

STEP 1: Director of Human Resources; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Superintendent of Schools

SCHOOL PERSONNEL

STEP 1: Staff Member; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Director of Human Resources; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools 

RESIDENCY

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Supervisor of SEL & Information Management; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Superintendent of Schools

USE OF BUILDING/FIELD REQUESTS

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Director of Facilities; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Business Administrator; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools 

SAFETY & SECURITY

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Manager of Safety & Operations; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Superintendent of Schools

MSD Norms

SPECIAL EDUCATION, 504 PLANS, & IEPs

STEP 1: Teacher, Specialist, or Child Study Team Member (Psychologist, Counselor, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist); if not resolved…
STEP 2: Case Manager; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Director of Pupil Services; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Superintendent of Schools

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

STEP 1: Staff Member; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Supervisor of World Languages, ESL/Bilingual, and Dual Language Immersion Programs; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Superintendent of Schools

MEDICAL CONCERNS

STEP 1: School Nurse; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Director of Pupil Services; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools

SCHOOL COUNSELING & RELATED SERVICES

STEP 1: School Counselor, Social Worker, School Psychologist; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Supervisor of School Counseling; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…  
STEP 4: Director of Student Services; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Superintendent of Schools

TRANSPORTATION, such as pickup, route problems, etc.

STEP 1: Supervisor of Transportation; if not resolved
STEP 2: Business Administrator; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Superintendent of Schools

OTHER TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS, such as behavior on school buses, bullying, etc.

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Supervisor of Transportation; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Superintendent of Schools

ATHLETICS

STEP 1: Coach; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Director of Athletics (FMS or MHS); if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools

CLUBS & OTHER EXTRA-CURRICULAR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

STEP 1: Advisor/Instructor; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools

BEFORE & AFTERCARE PROGRAMS

STEP 1: On-site program administrator; if not resolved...
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved...
STEP 3: Community School Director; if not resolved...
STEP 4: Superintendent of Schools

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/TITLE IX

STEP 1: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Director of Human Resources; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Superintendent of Schools 

A list of building and district administrators can be found here:

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTORY

Contact information for all district employees can be found here:

Staff Directory.

SCHOOL MAIN OFFICES:

Morristown High School:

Frelinguysen Middle School: 973-292-2200

Alexander Hamilton:

Alfred Vail:

Hillcrest: 973-292-2240

Lafayette Learning Center:

Normandy Park:

Sussex:

Thomas Jefferson:

Woodland:

Community School: