Dear Parents/Guardians:Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!You may have noticed one less tree due to illness and some improvement to the grounds including the installation of a bicycle rack near the steps below the garden on Hillside Ave. For those parents who wish to have their children bike to school, Hillside will be providing a place where students can safely lock up their bikes starting the first day of school.Students should be cautious of all pedestrians and vehicular traffic around the school as Hillside is a very busy site in the morning and after school. Please take some time this weekend to review safe routes to school with your children as this mode of transportation to school is a parent’s prerogative and responsibility. This is not a school initiative as this is simply being of service to our families who choose this transportation choice.Please review guidelines and suggestions at the bike and walk Montclair website: (https:// bikewalkmontclair.org). Hillside will provide a time and place for a presentation to parents who are permitting their students to bike to school. Meeting details to follow.Sincerely,
This news is a victory for parents, specifically Jen Savitch, who led the fight to change the principal’s policy on bikes.