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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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Mount Greylock Superintendent Succession Topic in Exec Session

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Executive session minutes from the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee show that the panel did discuss a succession plan for the district's superintendent behind closed doors, and the minutes shed light on the reason for the superintendent's subsequent departure.
 
In mid-July, iBerkshires.com filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee alleging that, "at the very least, the School Committee's deliberations on July 1 strayed into territory not covered by the stated exception to the Open Meeting Law."
 
That meeting was one of four held in executive session for the stated purpose of conducting contract negotiations with nonunion personnel, specifically the superintendent.
 
An extemporaneous statement by committee member Al Terranova at a July 13 public meeting indicated that the panel did more behind closed doors than simply discuss contract negotiations.
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