BERNARDS TWP., NJ - All school buildings have power, and Bernards Township schools are now planned for reopening on Monday, March 12, although some parents may have to drive their children to school because of interruptions to bus routes due to some remaining road closures, the school district reported over the weekend.

Monday's Board of Education meeting is also scheduled to be held as planned, according to Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Elementary School, 100 Peachtree Road, in Basking Ridge.

The posted meeting agenda includes a report on class size from the superintendent.

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Excess snow days due to come off April recess

In response to a question from TAP Into Basking Ridge, Markarian said that the extra snow days beyond the district's allotted three days built into the school calendar will be made up during spring break, starting with Friday and working backward. The last allotted day reportedly was used last Wednesday.

On the school calendar, the spring recess for this year is scheduled to run from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20.

Bernards Township schools were closed for four days last week. The school district was initially closed on Monday due to remaining power outages and trees down after a weather event with high winds and heavy snow the previous Friday, March 2. 

Schools were open for one day last week, on Tuesday, before heavy snowfall with accumulations of about a foot blanketed the area, and resulted in a round of even more local power outages and fallen trees and downed power wires blocking roads. 

The Bernards Township school website said that all schools will be opening on time on Monday. Before- and afterschool care is expected to run as usual, the website said.

However, the website advised that some parents may need to drive their children to and from school because of interruptions to bus service related to road closures.

"An email will be sent to all parents after road assessments have been completed so that they can determine if they need to drive their children to and from school," the website said.