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Pittsfield Schools Switch to Mandatory Masking

Superintendent Joseph Curtis told the School Committee on Wednesday that he recommended masking for all students and staff while indoors and on school buses. Along with this is a standard recommendation of a minimum of 3 feet social distancing wherever possible.

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Pittsfield School Committee Taps Mohawk Trails Principal for Deputy Super

Marisa Mendonsa, principal at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls, was the unanimous choice, though by Monday she was the only choice.

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Pittsfield Deputy Superintendant Search Committee to Have Final Candidates Next Week

At the search committee’s first meeting on June 15, they will participate in an orientation to bring awareness of bias in the hiring process and will review candidate applications to decide which will be interviewed based on an application review.

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Pittsfield School Committee Talks Permanent Virtual Academy Option

Superintendent Joseph Curtis presented the academy proposal to the School Committee on Wednesday. The original proposal would employ 74 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members, remotely educate 400 to 500 K-12 students, and cost around $6.9 million.

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Pittsfield School Committee Seeking New Member

Powell resigned from the school committee earlier this month after the school committee appointed Joe Curtis as the new superintendent of schools.

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Pittsfield Council Queries Mayor About Schools' Air Purification

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.

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Pittsfield School Will Return to Hybrid Learning After Winter Break

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.

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Pittsfield School Committee OKs February Transition Back to Hybrid Learning

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."

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Pittsfield Superintendent Search Committee Has First Meeting

Liz Lafond, a consultant on superintendent searches for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, laid out a timeline the newly formed search committee on Thursday.

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PHS Names John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients

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.

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Pittsfield Schools Add Remote Learning Food-Service Plans

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.

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Pittsfield Schools Remote Food Service Schedule

Because of rising COVID-19 cases in the community, the district announced Nov. 12 that all schools will go fully remote with a planned reinstitution of in-person learning on Dec. 7.

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Update: All Pittsfield Public Schools Transition To Remote Learning

School officials on Wednesday said they have been told there are 104 new COVID-19 cases in the city.

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Pittsfield Schools Report Case of COVID-19

According to a release on Sunday from interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis, the Pittsfield Public Schools were informed Friday evening of the positive test for the novel coronavirus.

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Pittsfield Public Schools Announce Transition Plans for In-Person Learning

The Pittsfield Public Schools released a press release Tuesday morning outlining their in-person transition plan that will first return grades PreK, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 6, and 9 on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Pittsfield School Committee Adopts Face Mask Policy

At the end of a long meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26, the committee accepted a "use of face mask" policy that would guide mask use during the upcoming school year.

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Pittsfield Votes Hybrid Education Model, Considers Remote Start

The School Committee has voted to go forward with a hybrid education model with the possibility of a fully remote beginning to the school year.

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Pittsfield School Committee Eliminates Full In-School Opening Plan

The School Committee agreed to eliminate a full in-school education model and asked the administration to continue developing a hybrid and remote model.

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Pittsfield Schools to Begin Non-Renewal Recalls

Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee last week that there will be recalls of some of the 140 nonrenewal notices sent out prior to the passage of the $64 million budget.

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Pittsfield Schools Outline Some Opening Guidelines

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.

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Pittsfield to Explore Forming Office Of Diversity

The city will explore creating an office of diversity, equity, and inclusion to address issues in both the city government and the schools.

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Pittsfield Schools Leadership Hopeful For Budget Approval

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.

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Pittsfield School Committee Make No Changes to Budget

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.

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Pittsfield School Committee Reflects on Video Graduation

Members at Wednesday's meeting congratulated the Taconic and Pittsfield high school classes of 2020 who were recognized in a virtual graduation on Sunday.

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Pittsfield Schools Look at Education Options for Next School Year

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.

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