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Commission members are calling for rural schools to receive at least $60 million to address issues of transportation, special education, declining student enrollment and more.
During the week of May 9, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of North Berkshire School Union 43 public schools.
The committee voted 6-1 to rescind its mask mandate, which the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had required until Monday.
CHESHIRE — During the week of March 14, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Hoosac Valley Regional School District.
Superintendent Joseph Curtis will announce Friday afternoon whether students and staff in Pittsfield Public Schools will continue to be required to mask after the February break.
A statewide mandate requiring almost all K-12 students and staff to wear masks in schools will be lifted at the end of the month, the Baker administration announced Wednesday, marking a major transition nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pittsfield Public Schools is shifting to a new COVID-19 testing program that will allow students with symptoms to test at home.
During a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined plans to convene a group to help guide the state's long-term approach to COVID-19. The governor also touted the importance of vaccinations and continued to resist suggestions that Massachustts should universally mandate masks indoors.
Masks will remain required indoors in Massachusetts public schools through at least the end of February.
The Baker administration says Massachusetts public school students should return to classrooms Monday, despite a call by the state's largest teachers union to cancel classes so that educators could get COVID-19 tests before returning from the holiday break.