The City Council voted to send a petition from Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey and Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi to Mayor Linda Tyer requesting that the city use CARES Act funds to purchase high-efficiency particulate air filtration units for all district classrooms.
In a 6 1/2 hour meeting attended virtually by more than 200 people — teachers who delivered heartfelt testimonies, parents afraid for their students' safety, and some from students in support of the return — the School Committee voted to return all students for in-person hybrid learning after the winter break.
Career and vocational students Grades 10-12 will return to classrooms on Monday; certain special education classes including Stearns first and second grade inclusions begin Monday, Feb. 8, and all other students return no sooner than the week of Feb. 22 "or as soon as realistically possible."
The scholarship is available to students whose MCAS performance puts them in the top 25 percent of their district. To be eligible, students must either score Advanced on one exam and Proficient on the other or Advanced on both the English and Math exams.
While offering further flexibility for students and families in need of picking up meals, these additions to the schedule will also provide families the opportunity to receive multiple days of meals at one time.
Superintendent Jason McCandless gave the School Committee an update Wednesday and compared known state reopening guidelines to what the Pittsfield Public Schools has tentatively planned or is expecting.
Superintendent Jason Mccandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that he is hoping the contentious $64.4 million school budget clears the City Council's final vote but a 1/12th budget is being prepared.
Last week, the City Council had preliminarily approved the entire fiscal 2021 budget except for the $64.4 million school plan that they tossed back to the School Committee for another look. Councilors had expressed concern that the school budget was too tight.
Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless outlined Wednesday what education could look like next school year depending on the state of the pandemic and noted according to conversations with the state education officials, they will likely reopen with a hybrid model.
Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that although they have provided 3,000 students with school-owned laptops there are still many families without an internet connection.
Mayor Linda Tyer told the rest of the School Committee on Wednesday that she recently toured some of the schools and felt that the district needs to begin the master planning process sooner than later.