J.G. Whittier Middle School

  • Safety

    Cold Weather Message


    Dear Parents,

    With the current weather conditions, I wanted to take a moment to provide you with information regarding outdoor activities during the cold weather.

    The JG Whittier MS does not have a specific policy regarding weather, but we do take precautions dependent upon the existing weather conditions on any given day.

    As a starting point, all students at the Whittier gather outside prior to the beginning of each school day.

    If it is raining, snowing, icy, or the temperature is below 28 degrees, our practice is to bring all students inside immediately.

    We then monitor the conditions throughout the day. If conditions are acceptable at recess time, students will be allowed to have outdoor recess.

    If conditions remain rainy, snowy, icy or below 28 degrees we have indoor activities during recess time.

    Please understand that our guidelines are flexible, depending on factors such as wind chill, puddling, and other weather related conditions. I make all decisions based essentially on common sense and observation.

    Also, we remind all students on a daily basis to dress appropriately for the anticipated conditions.

    We want our students to be safe at all times, but certainly want to provide them with opportunities to have a fresh air break whenever it is safe to do so.

    Thank you, and have a great day!

    Brian C. Gill, Principal



    Dear Parents,

    This morning and on Friday September 19, 2014, several of our Whittier Middle School students experienced an unfortunate incident. A man in a car allegedly exposed himself to several students on their way to school. The staff at the Whittier, Haverhill Public Schools, as well as Haverhill Police Department are aware of the incident and are working collaboratively to address this issue. The following are the facts as we presently know them.


    ● A man in a car pulled up to several children and called out to them.

    ● The perpetrator proceeded to expose himself.

    ● A student immediately called her parent who consequently called the school and police.

    ● Haverhill Police dispatched cruisers to search for the perpetrator.

    ● Principal Brian Gill contacted the families of the children who witnessed the incident.

    ● A representative of the superintendent met with the principal, talked to the police, and spoke to parents regarding the incident.

    ● Principal Brian Gill alerted the counselor and police resource officer to support any student in need.


    ● September 19, 2014: Two females were walking to school in area of Brockton Ave. and Lakeview Ave. were approached by a male operating what was described as a silver/gray 4-door sedan, possibly a late model Toyota with unknown MA plates. Operating the motor vehicle was a white male approximately 40 years of age with brown hair, possibly wearing glasses. The suspect was alone.

    ● September 23, 2014: Two females were waiting for the bus at the intersection of Dexter St. and Primrose St. and were approached by a male operating what was described as a navy blue 4-door sedan which appeared to be lowered with chipped faded paint exposing white areas all over the vehicle, brown cloth interior with something situated in the center of the front windshield. Operating the motor vehicle was a heavy set, white male approximately 20-30 years of age with a light brown complexion, brown frizzy hair with a bald spot on the top.

    As your children walk to and from school, we strongly encourage you to remind them of safety precautions:

    ● Walk in a group

    ● Parents know where children are at all times

    ● Walk the same route to and from school and be sure your family knows the route

    ● Call home and/or police when you experience and/or see something disturbing

    ● Always let school staff know of any concerning incidences

    Our number one concern is for your child to be in a learning environment that is safe and secure and we will maintain our vigilance to ensure that every child feels safe.

    Please feel free to call us directly with any concerns or questions you may have.


    Brian C. Gill, Principal

(978) 374-3400
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