BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The next three meetings of the Bernards Township Board of Education will be held electronically.

That includes the one scheduled for 7 p.m. next Monday, March 30. To “attend,” a person may go to the district website at and click on the link.

The agenda should be posted on the Board of Education portion of the website on Friday.

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The April 13 and 27 board meetings will also be “virtual.” The next in-person meeting, as of now, is scheduled for Monday, May 4, at the William Annin Middle School. The public hearing on the 2020-21 school-year budget will be held.

“Virtual meetings” are in response to the government’s order to ban gatherings of more than a few people in order to lessen the chance of spreading the coronavirus plaquing the nation.

All district buildings have been closed since March 14, with "distance learning" taking place electronically.

The board will hold at least its next three “BT Connect” meetings via the computer as well. BT Connect is an open-ended session of administrators, parents, staff, students and residents who meet to discuss the details of specific topics. It was set up as a communication outreach as part of the board’s strategic plan. Anyone may attend.

On Tuesday, March 31, BT Connect will convene at 2:45 p.m. to talk about the progress and possibilities of changing the master schedule at Ridge High School. Discussed for months, the “rotating drop” schedule would every subject on every day, but rotate and drop one subject per day. The length of a class would go from 42 minutes to 55 to 60 minutes. The district has been preparing to switch to the schedule at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

At 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 2, the BT Connect virtual meeting will discuss staff professional development.

At 2:45 p.m. on Monday, April 6, the meeting topic will review the district health curriculum and the possibility of adding more days of health education.