Office of Special Services


Office of Special Services
625 Route 517
Vernon, NJ 07462

Phone: 973-764-2935
Fax: 973-764-0078

On Behalf of Deb Merrill…

Dear Parents,


As the first week of remote learning nears its end, I wanted to thank all of our parents for their support.  I have looked at a good deal of the work our students are completing and it seems they are meeting this challenge “head on”.  I understand that this is not an easy situation for you, and I want to make sure you have the contacts you need to ask questions or get help.


  • Email your child’s teacher

  • Email your child’s case manager – they do not have access to their voicemail from home

  • Email or call Mrs. VonSalzen (6th-12th grades) 973-764-6485  or Mr. Kendler (PreK-5th grades) 973-764-6573   Voicemails will go to their email

  • Email or call me –  or  973-764-4273.  Voicemails will go to my email if I am not at the school


Please reach out to us.  We want to help and we would like to know how you are doing at home.


Additional Special Education information:


This is a temporary situation and we are doing our best to provide students programming and services to the most appropriate extent possible given the circumstances inherent to distance learning.


Your students case manager is available by email all day.  Please utilize them if you need assistance. I know that many of them are reaching out to their families and students to see if they need anything.


We will not be entering homes to provide related services or tutoring during this distance learning period.  By now you should have received packets or emails that contain several days worth of lessons or suggestions for activities you can do at home.  If that is not the case, please contact your related services person or tutor. You can also reach out to me.


Concerns about the work provided to your child should be addressed with the teacher and/or case manager – is it too hard, too easy, is your child having difficulty accessing the material given their disability, are additional accommodations or modifications needed?  If you do not get satisfaction, reach out to me, Mrs. VonSalzen or Mr. Kendler.


Free/reduced lunches are available for pickup at the High School from 11:00am to 1:00pm every week day.


The State is keeping us as updated.  I anticipate that there will be changes and I will use this platform to keep you as current as possible.


Again, we are here to help.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Stay safe and healthy,

Deb Merrill

The Office of Special Services strives to improve educational performance and life skills of all students with disabilities through appropriate involvement with their peers in the academic setting and involvement within the community. Our goal is to help students with disabilities acquire skills to assume responsibilities within their community and the ability to care for their own environment.

For a copy of N.J.A.C. 1:6A – New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 1, Chapter 6A – Special Education, please click on the link.

For a copy of New Jersey Department of Education Parental Rights in Special Education, please click on the link.

Special Education Parent Advisory Group


Director of Special Services: Deborah Merrill

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