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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Berkshire South's Shining Star Program Accepting Gifts

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Shining Star, Berkshire South Regional Community Center's holiday supplemental program for families in need, is now accepting both gifts and applications. 
Enrollment for this program is open through Nov. 20, and all enrollment information is confidential. Gifts or donations for families should be dropped off at Berkshire South no later than Dec. 4. 
"I am so proud of our region this year. We continue to come together in creative ways to help others," Jenise Lucey, executive director of Berkshire South said. "Your neighbors need your help more than ever, and if your family or business is able to give even a small amount those small gifts compound upon one another."
The Center currently has 80 families registered for the program this year.
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