Somerset Hills School District Reopening Friday

Elementary and middle school to share Bedwell since Bernardsville Middle School without power.

The Somerset Hills School district will reopen on Friday, with Bernards High School scheduled for a regular school day, and elementary and middle school students are set to attend split sessions at the which has had power restored.

A regular lunch will be served at the high school, said the school website, which also has detailed transportation information.

The website stressed that any student without a safe route to school is excused, and attendance modifications will be made for those not able to attend school on Friday. All Bedminster routes will operate to the high school, along with Somerset Hills routes HM4, HM5, HM6 and HPG8. Students who normally take the train from Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone will be picked up and dropped off, the website said.

Shelter at Bernards High Will Remain Open

The shelter for those seeking a place to stay after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy will continue to operate in the lower gymnasium, said shelter manager Janet Murnick. The shelter is being operated by the American Red Cross, and emergency personnel, including volunteers, from Bernardsville, as the county's only shelter for as long as needed.

Since power has been restored at the Bedwell Elementary School, but not the grades 5-8 middle school students will attend Bedwell in the morning, and the elementary students for the second half of the school day, the website said.

Middle school students are scheduled to report to Bedwell on Friday for a shortened, split session schedule from 7:45 a.m. to noon, the website said. Those students will not eat lunch during the school day, but may bring a snack, the website said.

Bedwell students are due to report to school at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and will follow a shortened, split session schedule until the regular dismissal time, the website said. Those students also will not eat lunch during the school day, but they are welcome to bring a snack.

All bus routes are posted on the district’s website and more bus routes are expected to open each day. Preschool students are due to be contacted directly regarding transportation.

An additional update regarding bus transportation will be provided on Sunday. 

"There will be no homework, tests, or quizzes until further notice," the website said.


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