Central Berkshire Regional School District To Remain Remote

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DALTON, Mass. — The Central Berkshire Regional School District will remain in a hybrid education model until Feb.1.
 
According to a letter from Superintendent Leslie Blake-Davis to Central Berkshire families, the district has decided to postpone returning to school.
 
She said this decision came after a Thursday night meeting with the Safety and Wellness Subcommittee who took a second look at local health metrics.  
 
"The Dalton BOH presented the most recent data as well as trends and patterns we have experienced following fall and winter holidays," she wrote. "As a result of this meeting, it was decided to postpone a return to hybrid learning until Feb. 1, 2021, to allow more time for potential clusters to stabilize."
 
Dalton is currently coded as red due to 53 reported cases over a 14-day period. 
 
"This is a concerning and quick increase for our community," she wrote. "I respect the recommendation(s) of this subcommittee to balance several perspectives including the risks of remaining remote as well as heightened cases within our community. Please keep in mind that COVID-19 precautions and safety guidelines that are practiced outside of our community play a significant role toward the reopening of our schools. We are eager to resume an in-person learning setting and ask that you follow current state guidelines regarding gatherings, mask wearing, hand sanitization, and social distancing." 

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Berkshires Gets Limited Vaccine Doses; Named 'High-Efficiency Collaborative'

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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"This week, Massachusetts received 139,000 doses," Mayor Linda Tyer said to the City Council on Tuesday. "That's it, we have a million potential new residents who are eligible, but for the week we received 139,000 doses."
 
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On Thursday, there were very limited first-dose clinic at Berkshire Community College from 2 to 5 with 300 appointments available to eligible individuals. The North Adams and Great Barrington vaccination sites will also hold first-dose clinics on Thursday, offering 250 doses each. All of those were gone by late afternoon on Wednesday.
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