Mount Greylock prepares to reopen schools in September with mix of approaches

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WILLIAMSTOWN — After appearing to favor remote learning, Mount Greylock Regional School District teachers and students will start the school year Sept. 16 with mostly in-person classes.

The district's reopening plan is still subject to negotiations with its educators union. 

At a glance, students in kindergarten through Grade 6 will attend school in person for four full days a week out of a five-day schedule, in class sizes of up to 16 students.

The cafeteria, auditorium, music room and art room spaces at Lanesborough and Williamstown Elementary schools will be arranged to serve as additional academic classroom space. Wednesdays will be devoted to deep cleaning of the facilities, and instruction will be delivered to all students remotely. Classroom assignments are under configuration.

Students in Grades 7-12 at Mount Greylock Regional School will be divided into two groups that will be scheduled for staggered, in-person learning as the classroom spaces allow under COVID-19 distancing.

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Class sizes will be reduced to eight to 15 students. Group A will attend full days on Mondays and Thursdays and work remotely Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Group B will attend full days on Tuesdays and Fridays and work remotely Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Lunch breaks will take place in classrooms.

Customary grading systems will be used by teachers. Accommodations will be made for students with special learning needs.

In-person, and remote instruction will be offered synchronously, meaning live, with the expectation that students in grades 7-12 will receive five-and-a-half hours of instruction a day, while students in the lower grades will receive five hours of daily instruction on a designated school schedule.

The children of families that opt for the fully remote model will be enrolled in classes that follow a typical five-day schedule that starts with the morning bell and continues to dismissal. Aside from physically being in a school building, "They will be doing everything the in-person students will be doing," according to the reopening plan.

Note: This article has been amended from its original version to include the fact that the reopening plan for Mount Greylock Regional School District is subject to negotiations with its educators union. 


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