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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 School Committee Gets Report on Start of School Year

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Tuesday evening plans a community forum on the start of the 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.
 
"We are really appreciative of the fact that we've had a couple of weeks of remote learning actually, despite some challenges," said Joelle Brookner, who this summer transitioned from being principal at Williamstown Elementary School to being director of curriculum and instruction for the district.
 
"Bringing in small groups of people that we have in each of the student support centers in the schools has its own set of challenges, and it's allowed us to work out some kinks. It's allowing us to anticipate some of what the problems are probably going to be when we have more students in the building, such as distancing."
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