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State Education Board Approves Push for In-School Learning

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 on Friday afternoon to accord DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley authority to change requirements for learning time that would not include remote learning.

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State Wants Students Back in the Classroom in April

Gov. Charlie Baker and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday outlined a phased-in process that will begin with elementary students.

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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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Mount Greylock Committee on Remote vs. Hybrid Question Remains Secret

In-person classes resumed for most students in the Mount Greylock Regional School District this week with the blessing of a secret committee created recently under a memorandum of agreement between the district and its union.

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Hoosac Valley Wants Joint Committee to Determine School Reopening

The committee voted Monday to ask Superintendent Aaron Dean to open negotiations with the teachers union to propose the creation of a panel that would have the ability to vote to reopen schools for in-person learning.

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Pittsfield Schools Plans Return to Hybrid After February Break

This plan will be presented to the School Committee on Wednesday and, if approved, it will be provided to all families on Friday along with options for parents/guardians who want their children to continue in remote learning.

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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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Pittsfield Teachers Union Accuses School Committee of Open Meeting Violation

The United Educators of Pittsfield has filed an Open Meeting Law complaint with the School Committee and the city clerk in relation to the Jan. 27 vote.

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North Adams Schools Stay Remote Next Week

City schools will continue in remote learning at least until Monday, Feb. 8, based on the local COVID-19 data.

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Hoosac Valley Votes to Transition Back to Hybrid, Restart Sports

The vote by the Hoosac Valley Regional School Committee came after hearing from parents at a special meeting on Thursday about the difficulties their children and families were having because of fully remote learning.

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Mount Greylock Committee OKs New COVID-19 Plan, Reacts to Racist Incident

The district's administration has for weeks been negotiating with the Mount Greylock Educators Association to modify the memorandum of agreement that allowed the start of classes back in September.

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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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Mount Greylock Negotiating to Modify COVID-19 Agreement with Union

The next regular meeting of the School Committee is Feb. 11, but it was clear from the public comments at the start of last week's meeting that some in the community are unwilling to wait until the middle of next month for a revision to the MOU that allowed classes to begin in September.

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McCann Technical to Continue In-School Learning

Principal Justin Kratz said this week that McCann will continue as is and allow students back in the building to participate in shops.

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McCandless: District, Union Working to Improve COVID-19 Agreement

Last week, Mount Greylock went to fully remote learning all three of its schools after the county's 14-day COVID-19 test positivity rate reached 3.01 percent, just north of the 3 percent threshold for remote learning in the September MOA.

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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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Colleges Training Teachers 'For Whatever Comes Next' in Age of COVID

When the world turned upside down in March, MCLA professor Nicholas Stroud, like educators across the country, had to rethink how he teaches. But as the chair of the school's education department, he also had to think about what he teaches.

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Pittsfield Schools Looking to Fund Internet For Families

In preparation for the possibility of further remote learning, the school administration is exploring the use of CARES Act funding to provide all students with internet access.

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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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'Remote Learning' More of a Challenge in Remote Corners of Commonwealth

But for kids in rural districts, going back to school could mean getting in the backseat of the family car.

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McCann Tech Working to Keep Students Connected

McCann Technical School students are making do with remote learning but the school still hasn't determined how it will deal with graduation.

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Pittsfield School Superintendent Gives Remote Learning Update

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.

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Mount Greylock Schools Seek Parents' Input to Improve Remote Learning

The Mount Greylock Regional School District wants to hear back from families about the challenges of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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McCann Tech Teachers Adapt Instruction to Shop-less Environment

A computer repair simulation on the website TestOut.com utilized by McCann Tech information technology teacher Perry Burdick.

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Students, Teachers Adjusting to Remote Learning

Brookner and the district's other two principals participated in a virtual meeting Thursday of the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, which held a joint session along with the school councils from Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional School.

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