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BCC Holding Regular COVID-19 Testing for Faculty, Students
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Monday, November 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been doing its part to keep the college campus healthy with regular COVID-19 testing.

The college's program was designed to address its needs in compliance with Phase III of the state's reopening 

Every two weeks since the beginning of the semester in September, BCC has offered free testing to any staff, faculty, and on-campus student. This service is volunteer and offered through vendor County Ambulance. 

So far, 153 BCC community members have been tested and testing will continue until the end of the semester.

"Our testing protocols are part of our Phase III reopening plan. We opted to create a

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Pittsfield Schools Remote Food Service Schedule
11:48AM / Monday, November 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Beginning on Monday, Nov. 16 all Pittsfield Public Schools students returning to remote learning will be offered breakfast and lunch to take home via a "grab and go" bag.

Because of rising COVID-19 cases in the community, the district announced Nov. 12 that all schools will go fully remote with a planned reinstitution of in-person learning on Dec. 7.

The district still plans to provide daily meals through "grab and go bags." 

 

• All children ages 18 & under can participate the Pittsfield Public Schools free meal program

• Breakfast and lunch will be packaged together

• Hot ready to eat meals will be

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
10:10AM / Friday, November 13, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.    Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete college-preparatory middle and high school education.   Students in Grade 6 who earned High

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Update: All Pittsfield Public Schools Transition To Remote Learning
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:16PM / Thursday, November 12, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the city, all Pittsfield Public School students will transition to remote learning starting Friday, Nov. 13   Pittsfield Public Schools and the Health Department released a joint response Thursday afternoon announcing that all city schools will suspend in-person learning and will transition to full remote learning.   The statement reads: "While recognizing that the suspension of in-person education certainly continues to add to the challenges that families, students, schools, and communities have been presented with during the COVID-19 era, the health and safety of our students and staff remain

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Pittsfield Not Ready to Close Schools Despite Uptick in COVID-19
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:47PM / Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is not considering going back to remote learning despite the sharp rise in COVID-19 over the past  few weeks. That includes two cases reported on Tuesday.    Mayor Linda Tyer agreed with public health officials that the city is in a "crisis moment" but not yet to the point of closing school buildings.   Her comments came during a report from the Public Health and Safety subcommittee at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon had requested an update on the emergency response plan for the novel coronavirus.   In the last two weeks of October, Pittsfield saw 17 new COVID-19 cases

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North Adams, Pittsfield Schools Report COVID-19 Cases
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:35PM / Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Drury High School and two cases in the Pittsfield Public Schools.     The North Adams Public Schools posted a message about the Drury case on Facebook at about 4:30 p.m.   "We would like to inform you that we have recently received information regarding one confirmed case of COVID-19 in an individual at Drury High School. Cleaning and disinfecting of the exposed location will be completed per DPH and CDC guidance. Every individual with a potential exposure has been given instructions on the course of action they need to take, including self-isolating and testing, if directed," the post

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BCC Shines Light on Honors Program
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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BCC staff and student Keira Codey discuss the college's honors program on the video episode of 'BCC Presents: Access Higher Ed.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is hoping to bring more awareness of its honors program as a path for student achievement.   For student Keira Codey, this was her first semester taking honors courses.    "With the higher level of the class, I felt like I would be more engaged in these classes," she said. "And I can say that I have been more engaged."   Now she'll be leaving BCC to attend the online history program at Southern New Hampshire University.   "The thing about

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Pittsfield Schools Report Case of COVID-19
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
06:12PM / Sunday, November 08, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A staff member at Conte Community School has tested positive for COVID-19. Children and staff in the exposed classroom will isolate by going to remote; the school will remain open.    According to a release on Sunday from interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis, the Pittsfield Public Schools were informed Friday evening of the positive test for the novel coronavirus.    He said the school system, out of abundance of caution, and in addition to previous communications with specific students and staff identified through contact tracing, is making the entire community aware of the confirmed case.    Late in the evening of Friday, Nov. 6, the

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Elfenbein Named to Mount Greylock Regional School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Thursday, October 29, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lanesborough resident Curtis Elfenbein on Wednesday was appointed to fill two years of an unexpired term on the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.    By a vote of 12-1, the six remaining School Committee members and the select boards from Lanesborough and Williamstown chose Elfenbein over Christine Canning-Wilson in a virtual meeting moderated by Lanesborough Town Moderator Chris Dodig.   School Committee member Steven Miller of Williamstown cast the vote for Canning-Wilson. Everyone qualified to vote on the interim appointment participated in the meeting except for John Goerlach of the Lanesborough Board of Selectmen.   The

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Northern Berkshire Union Schools Report Fairly Smooth Reopenings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:25PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Principals in the Northern Berkshire School Union reported last week that their reopenings have been going well.    Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Florida, Emma L. Miller and Rowe elementary schools reopened for in-person learning in September; Clarksburg has been operating with a hybrid model, largely because some classes are too large to properly distance within the building.    "Clarksburg can can be described as that wading into the beautiful lake, instead of jumping right in like my counterparts in the union, we took our time to reopen this school year with a very staggered, slow start," Clarksburg Principal Tara Barnes told the union

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