The Latest EMS News · 14 February 2023

Facilities and Operations 2022–2023

A picture of the back of Morrow House on The Elisabeth Morrow School campus.

Maintenance and Upgrades

We have continued efforts to upgrade our facilities to match the incredible programs designed by our faculty and administration. In the last three years, including the 2022–2023 academic year, the school will have invested over $7 million throughout its three divisions. The strategy is driven by program needs as defined by the strategic plan, as well as the continual need for maintenance and modernization while being true to the original campus design.

Facility projects in this past year have been executed in an environment challenged by labor constraints, supply chain disruptions, and significant materials cost increases.

Completed Projects

  • Full replacement of the Morrow House heating system
  • Renovation of classrooms with new LED lighting, ceilings, carpeting, furnishings, and A/V equipment
  • New lockers for the seventh grade and a centralized cubby area for the eighth grade
  • Additional science classroom in Morrow House
  • Additional 2s program space in Chilton House
  • Phase 2 of the Campus Network Infrastructure

Upcoming Projects

  • Addition of a Morrow House STEAM center
  • Campus Network Infrastructure Phase 3 (Core Equipment replacement) begins in Little School
  • Stormwater management planning focused on Morrow House
  • Various campus-wide planned replacement projects
Morrow House under construction
Morrow House under construction
Morrow House under construction
Morrow House under construction
Morrow House under construction
Morrow House under construction

Food Service

In late spring 2022, a Food Service Committee was established, composed of parents, administrators, faculty, and staff. This group worked through the spring and summer to vet a number of vendors and program offerings and selected the YAY Lunch program, launched at the beginning of academic year 2022–2023.

The committee meets regularly to review program offerings, solicits feedback from students and families, and will continue to seek opportunities to refine offerings, reduce costs, and make the program as accessible as possible to all EMS community members.

Did You Know?


The new lunch program has resulted in an increase of 35% in participation over prior-year services.


With a focus on sustainability, the committee has significantly reduced plastics and pre-packaged materials in lunch packaging.


As a response to the national shortage of buses and drivers and the resulting transportation challenges faced by schools across the country, EMS partnered with RideAlong Now (RAN) in the 2022–2023 academic year to offer benefits and flexibility beyond traditional bussing.

As we prepare for the 2023–2024 academic year, the school is working with multiple vendors to restore traditional bussing services to New Jersey and New York City routes. As vendors have indicated improvements in both bus and driver availability, EMS is establishing service routes as early as possible to reserve available resources and, for the upcoming school year, will offer only traditional bus services where routes are able to be established.

Safety and Security

emergency operations plan

is under review, ensuring continued alignment with National Standards and best practices with the Englewood Police Department and Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

Monthly emergency drills

as required by the state

Visitor Management procedures

deployed during the pandemic remain in place for all campus visitors

Visitor Screening

against a national sex offender database

Visitor Scheduling

is required, with most unplanned campus visits, including food deliveries, not permitted

Identification / Access Card system

was implemented in early January, requiring employees and authorized visitors to wear visible provided IDs on campus

Emergency Notification System

enables EMS to communicate with families across multiple platforms (phone, email, and SMS text) regarding important school updates and will be further refined for emergency planning use


There’s been a significant focus on updating and improving the EMS campus network infrastructure.

Upgrade Overview

Upgrades in the past year have included the replacement of all fiber connections between campus buildings, new core network equipment in Morrow House and Chilton House, installation of CAT6 network wiring throughout Morrow House, and campus-wide installations of CISCO Meraki Wi-Fi access points.

Campus Internet

The communications bandwidth for campus internet has quadrupled over the last 18 months. This additional speed enables EMS to support the greater demands of internet cloud-based services, such as Google Workspace apps, Zoom, myEMS, SchoolPass, QuickBooks, and all of the other educational and business systems on campus.


New high-performance firewalls — devices that help protect us from cyber attacks outside of the school’s network — have been added in recent upgrades.

Technology Initiatives

EMS is in its second year of two one-to-one technology program initiatives: upon entry to fifth grade, each student receives an Apple MacBook Air, and each Little School student receives an Apple iPad.

Learn more about our vision and goals for the future of EMS

2022–2023 State of the School: Updates from Chilton House, Little School, and Morrow House, as well as Advancement, Auxiliary Programs, Communications & Marketing, Enrollment, Facilities & Operations, Finances, and Community Highlights

EMS prepares students for an impressive range of top-tier secondary schools.

Our students cultivate the ability to learn, think, explore, empathize, and lead. They graduate with the ability, mindset, and competencies to navigate a global world and are well-prepared to face an unknowable future.

Accustomed to a challenging academic environment, EMS students welcome the demands of competitive secondary schools and are often placed in advanced sections where they perform very well.


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