BAYONNE, NJ - A public hearing on Bayonne Public School’s 2020-2021 budget will be held at the April 28 meeting, Superintendent John Niesz announced.

As a precaution, and following a similar rule instituted for their March 24 budget meeting, members of the public may not be able to attend unless they have already been tested for COVID-19, according to Board Secretary Gary Maita.

Public comments, however, can be sent ahead of the meeting by email to tfogu@bboard.org and will be read into the record. The meeting will also stream live meaning residents can watch it as it happens.

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Officials have said that there is money included in the proposed spending plan to help transition local schools to remote learning, a process that has recently been launched in response to the extended school closures brought on by the spread of coronavirus.

Niesz offered a reminder that Bayonne’s public schools will remain closed until Governor Murphy provides further guidance, adding that he is “proud to say our online virtual learning platform is going as well as can be expected during this pandemic.” The District also will continue to provide grab and go meals to qualified students twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays.

“Let's beat COVID-19 and maintain our social distances,” he said, offering his hope that students and teachers will be back in the classrooms in May.

The next Bayonne Board of Education meeting is scheduled to be held on April 28 in the Anna J. Herbert Board Meeting Room, 669 Avenue A, and set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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