Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West Milford Schools Survey Sparks Training

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West Milford Schools Survey Sparks Training

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WEST MILFORD — Answers to a survey designed to gauge the climate of respect in local schools will be used to help train district staff.

More than three dozen cafeteria aides are due to receive training in character-building strategies next month in reaction to comments about playground disagreements from survey participants, said Daniel Novak, the school district's director of education.

The survey generally consists of questions on bullying, decorum and responsibility in the classroom to measure the impact of district-wide character education programs. But it also features an open-ended comments section that allows officials to collect details on school-related concerns.

"To me, the biggest value of the survey comes in the comments that are filled out at the end," Novak said. "The survey seems to be fulfilling another need that we didn't anticipate but we are happy to receive. …

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