Gloucester School Board Addresses Student Safety and Community Engagement

In a recent meeting, the Gloucester Township School Board addressed several issues, including the midyear assessment of student safety data, recognition of student programs, a request for a field trip to The Philadelphia Art Museum, and concerns regarding student baggage policies. The meeting opened with an acknowledgment of the positive impacts made by student groups such as the Kindness Club, the Terrific Club, and the fifth-grade safety patrols.

The board delved into a critical examination of the midyear assessment of student safety data results, revealing a notable decrease in total incidents from the previous year. This analysis included incident reports connected to suspensions for various offenses.

Following the safety assessment, the board turned its attention to the proposed field trip for seventh-grade students from Glen Landing Middle School to The Philadelphia Art Museum. This excursion required board approval due to insurance considerations, highlighting the district’s attention to the logistical and legal aspects of student activities outside the school premises.

Further into the meeting, the board approved several consent resolutions that pertained to tuition and other administrative matters. The implementation of an exit survey for staff leaving the district was brought up in the context of old business discussions. Additionally, training on “Paul’s law,” which is pertinent to the care of epileptic students, was reviewed.

New business included plans to address concerns about students bringing bags to school, which has been a topic of conversation within the community. The board acknowledged the need to balance security with convenience and promised to tackle the issue in an upcoming policy meeting. Another point of discussion was the report card issue, which the board also agreed to consider further.

During public comments, a community member requested clarification regarding the responsibility for paying health benefits for a specific individual.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
John Bilodeau
School Board Officials:
Anthony Marks, Mary Jo Dintino, Nancy Fritz, Susanne Galanek, Keith Gibbons, Linda Gilch, Kia Gore, Mary Ann Johnson, Jennifer O’Donnell

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