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Menasha Schools Ramp Up to Start of School Year with Registration, Focus on Safety

It's hard to believe, but the start of the 2018-19 school year is just a few weeks away! Classes officially begin Tuesday, September 4 for students at our eight schools.

As we move closer to the next school year, we continue to focus on ensuring the best-possible experience for our students, staff, families, alumni and community members. Below are a couple of ways we're working to start out the year #MenashaStrong:

Student Online Registration Open Through August 17

Registration for both new and returning students to the Menasha Joint School District officially opened August 1 and will be open through Friday, August 17.

Parents of returning students can quickly and easily re-register their children by visiting the district's Annual Online Registration portal. They may use this option if they are a parent/guardian of a returning MJSD student or a parent/guardian of a new student and have completed enrollment paperwork for school year 2018-19 with the district registrar. They may also do so if they are the parent/guardian of a returning MJSD student and have another child in the household who is new to the school district.

When it comes to new registrations, all students who reside within MJSD's boundaries are eligible for admission to the district's schools. To be eligible for five-year-old kindergarten (5K), a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018. The same rule applies to four-year-old kindergarten, for which a child must be aged four on or before September 1 to enroll.

All parents registering new students must provide the following items:

  • The child's birth certificate or current passport
  • Proof of address/residency, such as a utility bill, lease agreement or bank statement that reflects your correct and current physical address
  • The child's immunization record

To learn more about new and returning enrollment, including the process involved and the documents required, go to http://www.mjsd.k12.wi.us/district/district/enrollment-information.

District Focuses on Student, Staff and School Safety

The security of schools continues to be an important topic of conversation across the country. In the Menasha Joint School District, we have taken numerous measures in recent years to help ensure our schools are as safe and secure as possible.

In a recent letter to the MJSD community, Superintendent Chris VanderHeyden shared 14 actions the district has taken in this area. These include the following:

  1. Implementation of a Board of Education-approved security policy
  2. Comprehensive Crisis Response Plan established and reviewed annually
  3. Current Building Access Security Plan, including active photo ID badges required for all Employees
  4. Visitor badges required for all visitors in all buildings (including visitor log & sign-in)
  5. Categorized levels of building access with emergency lock down controls for administrators
  6. Established staff “Heart Smart” Emergency Response Teams (CPR, First Aid, AED trained)
  7. Required training CPR, First Aid & AED training for selected employee groups
  8. Established district & building incident command structures with trained faculty in crisis response (including regularly planned drills)
  9. Established and maintained school resource officers
  10. Tactical site & vulnerability surveys conducted with district, local emergency management systems (EMS) and law enforcement representatives
  11. Video surveillance cameras on all building exteriors (some interior video surveillance at MHS and MAP)
  12. Policy requiring all exterior doors remain locked during school day. Video intercoms are at all of the main entrances of buildings to allow the public to enter once buzzed in.
  13. Emergency response guidebooks developed, provided and maintained for all administrative & instructional personnel
  14. Building emergency response checklists requirement implemented for administrators

In addition, MJSD recently received a $164,600 school safety grant. These funds may be used to improve building safety and train staff in case of a serious schools safety threat. We plan to use this grant to add safety film on windows and cameras at all eight of our schools.

As we move forward, safety and security will continue to be our top priority in Menasha schools.