Absence/School Hours/Schedules


    Students are expected to be present each day school is in session UNLESS ILLNESS or other legally bona fide reasons that prevent attendance.


    When a student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must call the absence verification line before 8:00 AM.  Please give the Student's Name & Grade, Teacher's Name, Reason for Absence.

    TARDY - Students are considered tardy if they are not at their desks when the official school day starts at 7:35 a.m.  Unavoidable exceptions, however, will be excused at the discretion of the principal.  A written excuse from the parent is necessary.


    EMERGENCY CLOSING & DELAYED OPENINGS - Snow or another emergency may require a delayed opening or closing of school. Our notification system will notify staff members and parents of a delayed opening, early dismissal, or closing of school.  TV stations WABC and WNBC will broadcast notification of such emergencies.  Also, watch the district's website (www.chester-nj.org) for postings.  In order to receive messages from the district, you must insure that your Instant Alert information is up to date.


    Schedules may be downloaded from the navigation bar on left.



    Black River Middle School Full Day

    Bus Drop Off         7:25 AM

    Instruction          7:35- 2:25 PM

    Bus Departure      2:28 PM

    Black River Middle School Half Day/ Early Dismissal

    Bus Drop Off         7:25 AM

    Instruction        7:35 AM -12:25 PM

    Bus Departure      12:28 PM

    Black River Middle School Delayed Opening

    Bus Drop Off         9:25 AM

    Instruction          9:35 AM -2:25 PM

    Bus Departure      2:28 PM