Back-To-School Basics


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Verona’s public schools re-open on Thursday, September 6. That is also the first day of school at Our Lady of the Lake School and its kindergarten orientation

If your kids aren’t yet enrolled, public school offices will be open to register students for the new term from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m.  on August 29, 30, and September 4, and 5 at each school. Pupils entering public school for the first time must present an official birth certificate and a doctor’s certificate showing required immunizations. Pupils transferring from another school district should present report cards and immunizations records. (The registration requirements for OLL are here.)

Here’s what you need to know about the operating hours at each of the public schools. In you need phone numbers or addresses, the school names are linked to the home page for each school on the district’s Web site. All major school events will be listed on’s calendar:

  • Verona High School (Grades 9-12): 7:55 a.m. to 2:33 p.m.
  • H. B. Whitehorne Middle School (Grades 5-8) 8:30 a.m. to 2:52 p.m.
  • Elementary Schools (Brookdale, F.N. Brown, Forest and Laning): kindergarten, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; special education elementary classes and grades 1-4, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; pre-school (a.m. groups) 9 to 11:30 a.m., (p.m. group) 12:30 to 3 p.m. Pre-K all-day class, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When public schools are closed because of bad weather or emergencies, parents will get a call from the district’s Global Connect System and an announcement will be made on “Good Day New York” (channel 5) and “News 12 New Jersey”. Parents can also listen for the fire horn: There will be three blasts of the fire horn at 7 a.m. followed by an additional three blasts at 7:05 a.m. if schools will be closed. The district will post information about closings and delayed openings on its Web site. You can also find school closing information on and its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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