BHS goes virtual for day before winter break

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Matt Lesnik, News Editor

For the first time this school year, Bernards High School will go fully virtual for tomorrow due to COVID-19 concerns. The number of cases in the school have been rising, with 23 on the week and 11 just on December 22nd. The switch to online is just for one day as of now.

In a letter sent out by the school, as well as in an announcement made by Dr. Neigel during the school day Wednesday, it was said that, “In order to provide our nurses and administrators with sufficient time to communicate with close contacts, Bernards High School will be fully remote tomorrow, Thursday, December 23, 2021. Teachers and staff will be present in the school building, teaching lessons according to the half-day bell schedule, which is posted below. Students can access the link to their virtual classes via their teacher’s Google Classroom.“

This is the first time that Bernards has had to go virtual this year, and with the holidays right around the corner and students and staff wanting to spend time with their families, the precaution taken makes sense. 

The letter also said that all after school activities and athletics events will be cancelled, stating, “All athletic events, including games and practices, will be cancelled for tonight, Wednesday, December 22, and tomorrow, Thursday, December 23. Coaches will communicate directly with their teams regarding the schedule over the winter break.”

It is just BHS that will be going virtual, as Bedwell Elementary School and Bernardsville Middle School will be open for in-person classes.

BHS hopefully goes virtual for just December 23rd, but with cases being continuing to rise with no end in sight, it is unknown what any future plans may hold.