It's back-to-school time in the Berkshires


It's that time of year, again. Back-to-school season has launched in the Berkshires. The backpacks are filling, the first-day outfits are picture perfect, and classrooms are ready for action.

As the yellow buses are beginning to make morning runs, and kids begin walking and riding their bikes to school, be sure to be vigilant and plan your commute to account for an increase in road and foot traffic.

If you're a parent or guardian, contact your student's school for all the need-to-know information, including first-day orientations and tours for new students, family nights, parent-teacher conference schedules, college convocation programs and registration deadlines, and, of course lists of school supplies and various forms.

If you're a student, the only rules to remember are: Learn new things, make new friends and have fun!

The first public school students and school personnel to head back to class are the folks at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, who do so today. The parade of first days continue through September as follows:

First days 2019

Tuesday, Aug. 20

BART Charter Public

Monday, Aug. 26

Gabriel Abbott Memorial School (Florida)

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Farmington River Regional (Otis, half-day)

Wednesday, August 28

Lee Public Schools, half day

Adams-Cheshire Regional

Berkshire Hills Regional

Central Berkshire Regional

Emma L. Miller (Savoy)

Hancock Elementary

Richmond Consolidated

Southern Berkshire Regional

Thursday, Aug. 29

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Clarksburg (early dismissal)

Lenox Public Schools

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Mount Greylock Regional School District (Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary; Mount Greylock)

Pittsfield (grades one through 12; kindergarten begins with half days Sept. 4 and shifts to full days Sept. 20)

North Adams (kindergarten through grade 8, and students new to Drury High)

Wednesday, Sept. 4

North Adams (first day for Drury, grades nine through 12)

Thursday, Sept. 5

McCann Tech

Note: Berkshire-area independent and parochial schools start within a similar time frame.

Berkshire-based colleges begin their Fall 2019 semesters as follows:

Monday, August 26

Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon's Rock

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Berkshire Community College

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Thursday, Sept. 5

Williams College

This story has been modified to correct the opening dates of school for kindergartners in Pittsfield.

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