BASKING RIDGE, NJ—Bernards School District Superintendent Nick Markarian answered questions from parents at Monday night’s board of education meeting, addressing concerns about reopening, remote learning, and safety.
“We’re focused on getting students back in school right now,” Markarian said, “and having a pattern of success where we don’t have to close like some of our neighbors have.”
Several schools in Somerset and Morris counties have temporarily pivoted to online learning this month after positive coronavirus cases were reported. Bernards students were given an option of hybrid or all-remote school this fall. Markarian said one third of Bernards Township students chose remote-only learning.
Markarian and other school district leaders received seemingly contradictory guidance from the state in the leadup to the school year, as he and other New Jersey administrators spent most of the summer operating under the directive that some in-person school was required.
But an executive order issued by