The solar panel project is part of the district’s Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), an $11 million series of projects intended to help the schools save money on energy bills in the long run.
The Environmental Protection Agency states that Americans produced a total of 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste – which includes garbage and recycling – in 2018, about 4.9 pounds per person per day. Of that amount, 146.2 million tons ended up in landfills.
Parents wanting to reopen schools "sooner than later" took to the parks of Montclair Saturday, Dec. 12 to rally to open the school classrooms.
With Montclair's school district still remote, students with parents who work out of the house now have a place to go and do schoolwork.
Jan. 25 is when students in Pre-K through fifth grade and special needs students are expected to return, if health and safety conditions permit. Middle school and high school students are expected to return on Feb. 8.
As COVID cases in Montclair began to climb in mid-November, school district officials postponed the Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 reopenings and said they would reassess the opening timeline on Dec. 1.
The Montclair School District received an assessment of the district-wide ventilation issues on Oct. 16, which shows numerous issues.
The forum’s theme, “Pandemic Platform,” covered how COVID-19 affects all aspects of life in the schools, both in the short and long term.
Although Montclair State University is not requiring students to be tested before they leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26, they do conduct routine testing on certain populations, spokesperson Andrew Mees said.