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Pupil Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Pine Cobble School

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Tuesday evening, Pine Cobble School confirmed a third member of its community, a pupil, has tested positive for COVID-19.
 
Head of School Sue Wells informed iBerkshires.com of the positive test of a kindergarten student.
 
Earlier in the day, the Wells notified the media that a second kindergarten teacher had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
 
The first positive test of a kindergarten teacher prompted the private elementary school to go fully remote for at least two weeks starting Monday.
 
That first test came back on Saturday, three days after a teacher in the kindergarten went home from school with a fever.
 
At that time, the kindergarten pupils also were sent home, and families were advised to get their children tested at Berkshire Medical Center.
 
The rest of the school remained in session for in-person classes through Friday, until the first positive test came back.
 
At that time, despite a protocol that required the school to go remote after a second test, school officials decided to go fully remote for all grade levels based on the one positive.
 
Pine Cobble's plan for a return to school kept all of its grades in individual cohorts, meaning that there was to be no mixing of students or teachers in different grades.
 
Students and teachers also were following 6-foot social distancing rules and wearing face coverings provided by the school.
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Stockbridge-Munsee Community Reclaims Some of Its History

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

A World War II-era mural of Ephraim Wiliams and Mohawk leader Theyanoguin is being removed from the Log to Special Collections as part of the college's examination of its history and relationship with the area and community.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than two centuries after they were displaced from lands now known as Berkshire County, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians are coming back to the Berkshires.
 
Last week, the president of Williams College announced to the school community that the college will provide office space to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community's Tribal Historic Preservation Extension Office.
 
The community's director of cultural affairs said this week that the group is relocating its current regional office from Troy, N.Y., east to Williamstown as part of a plan to create a stronger partnership with the liberal arts college.
 
"The goal is to help form a relationship with the college, not just through historic preservation, but there are programs at Williams like Native American studies and archaeology programs that we'd love to be a part of," Heather Bruegl said from her office in Bowler, Wis., site of the headquarters for the Stockbridge-Munsee Band.
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