All Bernards Schools to Open Monday With 2-hour Delay

Power restored at Oak Street and Cedar Hill schools.

All Bernards Township schools will be open on Monday with a two-hour delayed opening, according to the township website and Board of Education member Robin McKeon.

All students will be in their regular schools, McKeon said. She said power had been restored at the Oak Street Elementary School and at the which had been the two schools left without power as the weekend began.

Ridge High School and the William Annin Middle School will be open at 10 a.m., and the four elementary schools will be open at 11 a.m., the township website said. No lunches will be served at any of the schools; students are encouraged to bring a snack.

Students are advised to add two hours onto their normal bus pick up times. For example, if regular pickup is at 6:45 a.m., on Monday it will be 8:45 a.m., the website said.

Other things to know:

  • There will be no before care.
  • Morning preschool is canceled.
  • Morning bus pick up times for afternoon preschool and for full day preschool are also delayed 2-hours.
  • Due to road closures or other obstructions, school buses will not be able to service all stops. A list of roads that school buses cannot service is posted below. The list may not be comprehensive; if you don't believe a school bus can access your stop, you may need to drive your child to school.

Problematic roads identified by the school district:

  • Hardscrabble Road, closed
  • Childs Road, closed
  • Spencer Road, closed
  • Douglas Road, closed
  • Maple Avenue by Collyer Lane is closed
  • Hunter past Mountain Road, closed
  • Somerville Road past Allen Road, closed
  • Homestead Road, closed
  • Whitenack and Mine Brook roads to Emily Road, closed
  • Forest Trail and Winding is not passable
  • Linden Drive, closed
  • Darren Road, wire hanging down from house no. 93
  • 50 Valley View Drive, low wires
  • Spring Valley and Common Wealth, branches hanging low
  • Fawn Lane and Deer Ridge, wires down, not passable

Because of timing, the list may not reconcile exactly with the road closure list posted on the Bernards Township website, according to school officials. Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian had said on Friday that parents should drive — and carpool where possible — if students live on roads not passable for school buses.

School officials had been considering holding split sessions if the two remaining schools were still without Monday. Markarian said on Friday that the intent was to go back to a regular schedule following the two-hour delayed schedule on the first day back after a two-week closure in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Board of Education meeting on Monday

There is a Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. in the William Annin Middle School auditorium, where the agenda from the canceled Oct. 29 meeting will be covered, according to school officials.

D Mc Grath November 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Lord stifling has power !! DMcg
Joseph Apuzzo November 12, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Finally, power is restored at Lord Stirling Village! I only hope the residents of Basking Ridge stand together and demand JCP&L be held accountable for their poor communication during this crises. I can understand the delays in restoring power, but there is no excuse for not keeping us informed.
Shirley Titus November 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I agree. I do hope residents don't forget this ordeal once power is restored. In Chester township, the Mayor is initiating a motion to get rid of JCP&L from their township. I hope something similar happens in our township.
Todd Edelstein November 12, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Amazing, the list of street closings is something Bernards Twp should've notified the residents of on the AM radio station 1620AM two weeks ago. The town committee was warned about how the radio wasn't used to it's full potential one year ago after the last storm, but nothing has improved in twelve months! Instead the chance to use this asset was squandered with little accurate info, broad-casted nonsense, and rarely updated the info. For some reason the town thinks e-mail, twitter, & Facebook is better, but w/o electricity, it is all a waste. They rather blame the power company for poor communication, than take responsibility for their own poor response for communication to the public.
Gavino J. Vetrano Jr. November 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I applaud Duke Energy for the professional job they did restoring power back to Lord Stirling Village. What amazes me is the fact that the Duke Energy Team that restored power back to Lording Stirling Village last night had to stay in a hotel 2.5 hours away since they couldn't find local accommodations...where was the host utility company (i.e. JCP&L) to work out the logistics for first responders like Duke Energy? What is equally amazing is the fact that there was no knock on the door from LSV board members and/or Taylor Mgt during the entire 14 day ordeal...However, there is no doubt in my mind that they will come knocking once they access the cost of removing all of the downed trees. Now that we've been through 2 prolonged power outages, I'm not sure the spend level is proportional to the quality of life one would expect in a commune like LSV and Bernards Township...bottom line, I'm not impressed.
Catherine Hartjen November 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I would like to say thank you to all the crews from JCP&L and for all the crews who left their homes and families to come to Basking Ridge a very very small area of New Jersey that was hit by this super storm. So amazing to read day after day the whining and complaints from people who for the majority of this country have more of everything then most and yet complained more than those I saw who lost everything. Did you lose your house???or maybe or Escalade or Navigator. Sorry you couldn't guzzle up all the gas for a whole week. I actually believed this would change somehow the people of this community but it only revealed for the most part not all their true colors . Me Myself and I. The people in Staten Island still have nothing. Breezy Point was washed away . All and everything gone. Don't worry instead of reaching out now you can spearhead a committee to remove JC P&L. Have some people lose their jobs because you were cold for two weeks. Boy I sure hope nothing happens to the men and women I saw all over town trying to unscramble the trees and wires down every street. Bernards Twp is 26 square miles. 26..... How could you possibly expect that it be fixed in a week?? Did you go and actually see the destruction down every street????Take a lesson from those who lost all. They are so grateful and kind for the help from the red cross and their communities. I pray for those who have truly suffered and lost their homes and lost their livelihood. What will they do?????
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