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Bernards Township Might Make Up Snow Days at End of Future School Years

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - If necessary, late-winter snow days could be made up at the end of future school years in Bernards Township.

The Board of Education at its meeting Monday night approved an agreement with the district educational association to allow excess school days to be made up at the end of the school year.

The move likely saves future spring breaks being eaten away by makeup days due to late-season, weather-related school closings. This year, the district lost most of its spring break in April in order to compensate for March snowstorms that closed schools, in part due to loss of electricity to school buildings.

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The state requires schools to have 180 days of classes. The district has determined it is legal, if necessary, to conduct school classes after graduation ceremonies, but no diplomas could be handed out until the regulation is met.

The district had to negotiate a sidebar agreement in the teacher work year clause in the collective bargaining contract with the Bernards Township Education Association, which represents teachers and support staff.

In the event of early-winter storms, school could be made up on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday in mid-January, or the mid-February Presidents’ Day holiday. The mechanism for late-season storms was to reduce the spring break by as many days as necessary.

Superintendent Nick Markarian said he would send a note to parents on the 2018-19 school year snow makeup plan.

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