Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: Oct. 13

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Recently, students in the Southern Berkshires returned to the classroom. The schools in the region have created back-to-school plans to help ensure student safety.
 
 
SBRSD reopened with a hybrid model (part in-class and part remote), with most students in class 2 days per week and learning remotely 3 days per week.
 
The complete SBRSD Reopening Plan can be found here.
 
The SBRSD includes Mount Everett Regional School, Undermountain Elementary School, New Marlborough Central School and South Egremont School.
 
 
BHRSD has also reopened on the hybrid model.
 
The complete BHRSD Reopening Plan can be found here.
 
Additionally, a video on Muddy Brook's reopening can be found here:
 
BHRSD includes Muddy Brook Elementary School, Monument Valley Regional Middle School and Monument Mountain Regional High School.
 
 
For both Southern Berkshire Regional School District and Berkshire Hills Regional School District, the hybrid model allows students to be split into cohorts of either Monday/Tuesday classes or Thursday/Friday classes with space for social distancing. Some higher-needs students are in classes for 4 days per week.
 
 
Students at Farmington River can be either fully in-school or fully remote. The majority of students are on the fully in-school schedule at this time.
 
More information can be found on the FRRSD website here.
 
 
 
 
Students at Berkshire Waldorf School have in-person learning with outdoor classrooms for students.
 
Plans for indoor learning are being developed, and the overall 2020-21 Health and Safety Plan is online here.
 
 
Berkshire School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school. Their safe reopening plan is online here.
 
 

 

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Great Barrington Women's Rally Attracts 200 Participants

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Berkshire Pulse dancers wear 'vote' masks for their performance at the rally. 

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Women's Rally on Saturday drew more than 200 people to protest the attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court prior to the presidential election. 

The event at Town Hall included music by Hoping Machine and Berkshire Batteria, speeches by the Mount Everett Social Justice League, and a performance by Housatonic dance studio Berkshire Pulse.  

Participants held signs reading phrases like "Girls just wanna have fundamental rights" and "A woman's place is in the resistance."

Mariana Cicerchia and daughter Lucia organized the rally. Cicerchia is an artist, mother, and works alongside her husband at his construction company. Lucia is a student at Mount Everett Regional School in Sheffield and a member of its Social Justice League, which is a group that reads books about political issues to learn about the history of different groups of people such as indigenous people.

Cicerchia said there was no local march in connection to the national Women's March held on Saturday, so the Women's Rally could be something to put her energy toward that would gather like-minded people together and help them feel a sense of connection and not being alone.

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