According to the state’s current school budget timelines, more than 90% of New Jersey’s districts—that is, those that hold their annual school elections in November—must conduct public hearings on their proposed 2020-2021 budgets between April 24 and May 7. School districts face challenges in carrying out the hearings remotely, as required under the governor’s emergency order and guidance from the Division of Local Government Services, while complying with statutory requirements for public access.

NJSBA is providing information which will help school districts navigate the complexity of virtual meetings, while ensuring access by members of the community. As always, boards of education are encouraged to consult with their board attorneys on this matter.