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UMass Releases Reopening Plan for Fall 2021.

Much of the return to campus will be paid for with funds from the American Rescue Plan passed into law in March. Part of this law was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which "provides direct one-time federal funding to the campus." Despite this, the $200 million of lost revenue due to pandemic schooling raises questions about when UMass will return to previous levels of revenue.

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Hoosac Valley Regional Prepares for Full Return to School

Grades 1 through 5 will return to school Monday, April 5, for full five-day in-person learning. Grades 8 through 12 will return on April 26.

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Pittsfield Schools Won't Revert to Remote Despite COVID Uptic

The reversion of schools to remote learning will no longer be dependent on the city's percent positivity rate or case numbers, as decided by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on March 5.

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Conte, Elementary Schools Prepare For Classroom Return

Pittsfield Public Schools, along with all public elementary schools, are getting a step closer to the "new normal" as full in-person education nears.

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Northern Berkshire Union Schools Report Fairly Smooth Reopenings

Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely because some classes are too large to properly distance within the building.

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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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Local Officials Question State's Color-Coding on COVID-19 Map

Steven Miller, a Williams College mathematics professor and member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, has long been critical of the red-yellow-green-gray system the Department of Public Health created this summer to categorize municipalities.

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Adams-Cheshire Schools Enter Phase 3 of Reopening Plan

Superintendent Aaron Dean told the School Committee on Monday that Grades 1 through 4 and Grade 8 have returned to school in the hybrid model.

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North Adams Schools Report First Case of COVID-19

According to a letter sent to parents and staff, Superintendent Barbara Malkas said the school system "recently received information" of a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

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UPDATE: Williamstown Moves to Gray; No Change Triggered for Mount Greylock Schools

Families in the Mount Greylock Regional School District will be keeping a close eye on the latest release of the commonwealth's community COVID-19 ranking model on Wednesday evening.

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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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Mount Greylock School Committee Gets Report on Start of School Year

The School Committee last Thursday heard that things are going as well as can be expected as the PreK-12 district re-invents the way it teaches students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Clarksburg Moving to Next Phase in School Reopening

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, Grades 1 through 5 will attend in person all day, Monday through Friday. Kindergarten and Grades 6 to 8 will go half-days in school and half-days remote, also Monday through Friday, with two cohorts switching between mornings and afternoons.

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Mount Greylock Tapping Reserves to Cover High Cost of COVID-19 Expenses

Business Manager Joe Bergeron laid out the known budget impacts and talked about some of the costs still to come, and the price tag is steep: $680,000 at the moment.

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Baker: Education Commissioner's Letter 'Not Bullying'

Appearing with Baker at his regular press availability, Riley twice declined to say what enforcement actions the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will take against more than a dozen districts who last week received a letter challenging their preference for remote learning to start the year.

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Pittsfield School Cafeteria Workers Seek Answers on Employment

McCandless said he took issue with some of the comments made and noted the administration made sure cafeteria employees were kept working through the outset of the pandemic and the summer.

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State Education Commissioner to School Districts: Go In-Person or Face Audit

Continuing a pressure campaign against local school districts that began over the summer, the commissioner of education this week sent multiple districts a letter requesting "further information" of those who are beginning the school year with remote instruction.

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Six COVID-19 Cases Linked to Williamstown's Pine Cobble School

Ten days after a kindergarten teacher went home with a fever, the ensuing tests have turned up six cases, Sue Wells said.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Passes Modified Agreement with Union

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday night approved a number of modifications to the memorandum of agreement with the district's union about procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Drop in Families Opting for Remote Learning Has Mount Greylock Officials 'Scrambling'

An increase in the number of families planning to send their children for in-person instruction is raising concerns of a budget hit for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.

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Single Positive COVID-19 Test Prompts Pine Cobble School to Go Remote

The school received word on Saturday that a teacher who went home with a fever had tested positive on Friday for the novel coronavirus, according to Head of School Sue Wells.

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Pittsfield Schools Anticipate New Layoffs

McCandless told the School Committee that without students in the actual buildings, there may be a need to lay off a sizeable amount of the cafeteria staff.

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Williams College Officials Pleased with Students' Compliance as Semester Begins

Williams has been delivering education and probably some sort of dining plan since 1793, but never before in an environment like that created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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State Waits for Results in College Opening COVID-19 Rates

The state is focusing right now on the "dangerously high levels of transmission" in the communities Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Lawrence and Revere. Field teams of volunteers have been working in those communities distributing more than 4,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 500 signs and 17,000 flyers with information on how to stop the spread. Framingham will be added to this group as well.

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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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