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North Adams Schools Fully Open Beginning Next Week

High school seniors will be returning to classrooms full time beginning next week on May 17, following the return of Grades 7 and 8 on April 28.

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North Adams Schools Will Have Dec. 23 Off This Year

The Christmas vacation will start on Thursday, Dec. 23, and end on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. This is the same schedule used this school year, which saw the December date switched for the traditional Good Friday holiday in April.

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North Adams Eyeing Federal Relief Funds to Support School Programs

The superintendent said the district leadership team was making plans on how to implement in-person learning and where to strategically allocate resources.

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North Adams Schools Creates Panel to Review COVID-19 Plans

The addendum to the memorandum of understanding was approved 6-1 by the School Committee, with member Tara Jacobs voting against, at a special meeting on Thursday. The North Adams Teachers Association had approved the amendment by a two-thirds vote of attending members prior to the meeting. The agreement is in effect as of Thursday.

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North Adams and Adams-Cheshire Schools to Stay Remote

Superintendents from the two school districts released letters to families and staff Friday morning indicating that their respective schools will remain in mostly fully remote learning models.

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North Adams Schools Will Be Remote First Two Weeks of 2021

The School Committee voted to anticipate a potential rise in COVID-19 cases because of holiday gatherings and close the school buildings from Jan. 4 to Jan. 18 next year. The district will return to hybrid learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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North Adams Library Use Consistent

North Adams Public Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees in her report Wednesday that circulation numbers are consistent and slightly on the rise.

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Drury High Switches to Remote Learning Until After Thanksgiving

Drury High School will go to fully remote learning until after the Thanksgiving holiday after a second individual tested positive for COVID-19.

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North Adams Schools to Go Remote on 'Snow Days'

The arrival of snow over the Berkshires last weekend had the School Committee questioning how the school system would handle the coming winter. Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Roberts-Morandi said the schools would switch to remote learning.

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North Adams School See No Spread of COVID-19

Superintendent Barbara Malkas last week said the single positive case was limited to a classroom and adjacent bathrooms, all of which were sanitized, and that everyone in contact with the individual was informed.

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North Adams Schools to Begin Hybrid Instruction on Sept. 21

All students except those who have opted for full remote are expected to be on the hybrid schedule by Oct. 8.

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North Adams Schools Use $1M in Grants to Prepare for School Year

The North Adams Public Schools has received more than $1 million grants to aid it in shifting to remote learning or, later on, a hybrid model of learning.

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North Adams School Committee Votes for Remote Learning

The School Committee on Tuesday rejected a hybrid school reopening model to vote 3-2 to go full remote.

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North Adams Schools Presenting Options for School Year

Parents were also set to receive a more detailed survey this week from the North Adams Public Schools on how they wanted education to be delivered to their children this fall.

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North Adams School Committee Votes to Keep Adjustment Counselor

The committee OK'd a level-funded budget of $17,769,075 on a vote of 5-2 with members Tara Jacobs and Ian Bergeron voting against because of concerns that the budget did not address what they felt were deficiencies in the arts and special education.

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North Adams Moving Forward on Level-Funded Budget

This week, the news isn't quite so awful with the state committed to level-funding aid through at least the first two months of fiscal 2021. But the district isn't out of the woods yet, Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the committee on Tuesday.

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North Adams Schools Mull Reconfiguration, Closure Scenarios

School officials are bracing for a worst-case budget scenario that could mean the closure of one of the three elementary schools. At minimum, the district is anticipating reductions in positions. There's also the possibility of the reconfiguration of Brayton and Greylock schools.

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North Adams Schools Go Remote; April Vacation Canceled

The district has already been connecting with students from the early days of the closure through online platforms reading stories, providing resources and materials for Advanced Placement, calling students and offering music lessons through Google hangouts.

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North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans

A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 if not longer and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan before the spreading novel coronavirus put everyone on an emergency footing.

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North Adams Schools to Review Dress Codes

The Policy Subcommittee on Thursday voted to recommend the establishment of an ad hoc committee to aid in making the regulations more consistent across the district.

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MCAS Results Find North Adams Schools Making 'Substantial' Progress

But school officials are a little worried on how to translate the charts, graphs and scores into something that makes sense for the average parent.

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North Adams Public Schools Start With Hello

Teachers, administrators, and city leaders were stationed bright and early at the entrance of all city schools Friday morning with spools of stickers in hand ready to welcome each student.

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