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December 2023 Update from Dr. Yanni

On December 1, 2023, Superintendent Dr. Steven Yanni shared the update below with families: 

Dear LMSD Families,

Happy December! I wanted to update you on some upcoming District events and some new features that we’ve added to the District website, www.lmsd.org, that I hope you will find useful. These features are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that channels of communication between our schools and families are clear and easy to access.

Making Practices Public

On our homepage, you’ll see a button with a bullhorn that links to our new “Making Practices Public” page. We will continue to add resources to this page, but for now, it contains four links to useful information:

  • Mental Health Supports: The document you’ll find here explains our “MTSS” framework. MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. You can see the services provided for each tier, when they’re provided and by whom, as well as links and resources for additional information.
  • Restorative Practices: The documents you’ll find here explain what Restorative Practices are (and are not), as well as information about how Restorative Practices are implemented in our schools.
  • Trips: The document here explains the process and considerations that determine whether trips for academic & athletic competitions, residencies and guaranteed experiences, and community service events can occur.
  • Pathways for Effective Communication: This is a document I hope you will access if you have a concern about something that occurs at school, on a bus or at a District event. Here, all in one place, you’ll find the names and contact information for key administrators and the steps you should follow to initiate, and if necessary, escalate a concern.

December will be a busy month in LMSD. This Sunday, I hope you’ll join me for an “Ask the Superintendent” session at 2:00 p.m. in the Harriton High School library. Then, on Monday night at 6:30 p.m., the Board of School Directors will be sworn in. As always, the meeting is open to the public and will be available via Zoom and livestream on the District website.

Finally, if you do find yourself with some spare time, I hope you’ll listen to my first “Enter to Learn” podcast, where I discuss our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts with our DEIB Director, Shawanna James-Coles.

Sincerely,

Steven M. Yanni, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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