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Hancock School Community Holds 'COVID-19 Drive By'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:44PM / Friday, March 27, 2020
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The drive by tried to go past all the houses of tiny Hancock School's 49 students.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Members of the Hancock School community drove through Hancock, Lanesborough, and Cheshire to say a quick hello to students during what they called a "COVID-19 Ride By."   In these times of school closures and social distancing, the participants said its always nice to see a familiar face in person even if it is from your front lawn.   "Peer and social contact are necessary to maintain a healthy, balanced emotion outlook. Something like this keeps us positive, upbeat, and our interrelationships strong," teacher Janet Tremblay

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MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech
11:30AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' is now accepting students for its new health sciences bachelor’s degree with a concentration in radiologic technology for the fall 2020 semester. 

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination. 

MCLA now offers one of only five accredited programs in the Northeast in a field that demonstrates 100 percent job placement. MCLA will also be able to provide students in health

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Massachusetts Schools to Remain Closed Through May 4
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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BOSTON — Public and private schools will remain closed through May 4, extending the emergency closure for COVID-19 another month.    The emergency order was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday and announced at a press conference that afternoon. The order includes child-care centers not serving essential personnel.   "This will allow school districts to provide the best possible opportunities for remote learning to all students," the governor said. "This is not an extended school vacation. During this long-term closure, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will work with school districts to further develop educational programming

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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds First Remote Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, March 23, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commissioner of education has no plans to extend the closure of schools in the commonwealth beyond April 7, but Friday promised to give superintendents a four- to five-day heads up if an extension is warranted, the Mount Greylock Regional Schools superintendent reported.   Kimberley Grady appeared Friday with Town Manager Jason Hoch for one of his regular Town Hall updates in a short video produced by the town's community access television station, WilliNet.   Earlier in the day, she participated in conference calls with Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley and the superintendents of Berkshire County.   "[Riley] has asked us to

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Q&A: Wahconah High Teacher to Participate in NASA Program for Educators
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Sunday, March 22, 2020
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Wahconah science teacher David Dahari is participating in a NASA program this summer. DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School science teacher David Dahari is looking out of this world to get some real world experience.   This winter, Dahari was selected to participate in the 2020 NASA Airborne Astronomer Ambassador program.   As one of 28 teachers selected from 13 states, Dahari will have the opportunity this summer to train at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif., and study aboard the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a modified Boeing 747 carrying a 100-inch diameter

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Pittsfield Public Schools Anticipate Serving 1,000 Bagged Meals
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:05PM / Thursday, March 19, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools is offering "grab-and-go" breakfast and lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every weekday while school is out.   "We are grateful to our Food Service team and Transportation Team for making this happen," Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless said in an email exchange.   McCandless said they have had between 220 and 300 or so users per day.   He believed that the system will "eclipse" 1,000 meals served on Thursday. The school system has 12 schools and more than 5,000 students enrolled.   The school system instituted the lunch program within days of deciding to close schools

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Mount Greylock Schools Working to Keep Kids Fed During Closure
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dozens of youngsters in the Mount Greylock Regional School District were brown bagging it on Tuesday.   But instead of bringing their lunch to school, they were getting a "grab-and-go" lunch from school courtesy of the district's food service staff.   At 7 on Tuesday morning, cafeteria personnel Tammy Jennings and Laurie Meehan were joined by acting Director of Special Education Patrick Priester and Superintendent Kimberley Grady in the cafeteria at the middle-high school.   The quartet prepared bags with a turkey and cheese sandwich, mayonnaise and mustard packets, an apple or orange, celery sticks, a granola bar a fruit snack

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Some Local School Districts Set Up 'Grab & Go' Meals
02:40PM / Monday, March 16, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Public schools are making an effort to ensure schoolchildren are continuing to get the nutrition they need despite the closures forced by the novel coronavirus pandemic.   The North Adams Public Schools initially set up locations for "grab and go" meals on Monday at Colegrove Park and Brayton elementary schools. That will be expanded to Mohawk Forest Apartments and Greylock Valley Apartments on Tuesday to accommodate parents and caregivers that may not be able to pick up at the school lo.    All food will be delivered for curbside pickup from 11 to noon weekdays through April 3. The bags will include a lunch as well as a breakfast item for

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Berkshire County Schools Closing for Two Weeks
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02:52PM / Friday, March 13, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Schools across Berkshire County will be closed for the next two weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The decision follows teleconference meetings held on Friday with the state Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and of Public Health, as well as between the Berkshire County Superintendents Roundtable.    DESE left much of the decisionmaking up to local authorities but there was a recommendation that communities seeing an increase in community transmission of the novel coronavirus should consider closing for 14 days. Community transmission means that there are patients who are diagnosed or presumptive for the coronavirus

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Mount Greylock Building Project Achieves LEED Certification
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, March 13, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School this week learned that the $64 million adddition/renovation project at the middle-high school achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.   The council's approval of the project's sustainable elements ensures the district 2 percentage points on its reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.   That should translate to about $1 million of the total share the state authority will contribute to the project when all is said and done, said Hugh Daley, a Williamstown Select Board member and part of the finance working group of the district's School Building

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