COVID-19 Updates

Due to the state directive to practice social distancing, the School Committee Meeting for March 31, 2020 was held via video-conferencing and recorded. A link to the recording can be found in the School Comittee page.
March 27, 2020 Dear District Families, Here is a two-part message we sent out via a phone call last evening:  First, as the district moves towards using more remote learning methods in the weeks ahead, we want to assist any families who may not have internet access or a computer or iPad at home available to students.  If your household does not have either of these please call your student’s school main office and speak to the administrative assistant or leave a voicemail message providing your student’s name and whether you need assistance with internet access or obtaining a...
March 26, 2020 Dear District Families, As you know, the emergency school closure has been extended until at least May 4.  There will be many repercussions of this extension, including the need for the district to provide more robust teaching and learning for students.  We are currently receiving guidance from DESE on what is expected for general education students, as well as for providing services to students with special needs.  I anticipate we will be developing these plans through the weekend.  We will share them with you as soon as possible.  In the...
March 23, 2020 Dear GMRSD Community, Monday evening's school committee interviews with the 3 superintendent candidates will be fully an online meeting among the committee and each candidate. For several reasons, including illnesses among attendees, we will not have an in person component to this meeting. The district is still hopeful that it can broadcast the interviews via Youtube or MCTV by Tuesday morning. However, the details of this are still being worked on. Once known, we will publicize the details.
March 20, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians/Caregivers, On behalf of the Gill-Montague Regional School District, I hope you and your family are safe and doing as best as possible given this evolving health crisis. We understand that the recent public health mandated district closures have been extremely challenging for all families and particularly complex for families of students with disabilities. We appreciate your collaboration and support as we navigate this difficult time as a school community.  Listed below are Frequently Asked Questions that are being discussed among the district...
March 20, 2020 Dear GMRSD Community, The selection process for the next superintendent of schools will continue on schedule next week but with a changed format.  The interviews of the three finalists will occur on Monday, March 23, starting at 5:30 pm, as follows:      -  Brian Beck, Principal of Hopkins Academy, Hadley Public Schools      -  Karen Ferrandino, Director of Student Services, Frontier Regional School District      -  Mary Jane Rickson, Interim Superintendent, Maynard Public Schools...
At today's meals distribution we will be sending home breakfast and lunches for the weekend.  Stay safe and stay strong Gill-Montague community.
Local Resources for Local Families Updated March 18, 2020 ***IMPORTANT: WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT ANY OF THESE LOCATIONS, PLEASE STAY AT LEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE WHILE WAITING YOUR TURN. THIS IS CRUCIAL FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TO OUR COMMUNITY*** Montague Catholic Social Ministries’ building will be closed, as well as all of their programs with the exception of housing assistance, which is available by phone or email: contact Mary Conway at 413-824-5386 or basicneeds@mcsmcommunity.org. The Franklin Area Survival Center’s Food Pantry at 96 4th Street in...
March 18, 2020 Dear District Families, I hope your family is managing well as we move into this very difficult and unprecedented period. I would like to provide you with updates on three items at this time: parent/teacher conferences, kids’ social distancing, and remote learning opportunities to students during the shutdown. 1. Parent/teacher conferences: These were going to occur on March 19 and 20 and are now cancelled. Instead, teachers will be emailing or calling all parents between now and March 27th with information on how each student has been performing in their classes. If...
March 16, 2020 Dear District Families, As you have heard by now, Governor Baker has ordered schools to be closed through April 6, 2020.  He has also directed that public meetings and gatherings be limited to a maximum of 25 people. Here is some information about how the district is responding to this evolving situation: It is possible additional closures could occur Our meals distribution program is up and running and will continue throughout the closure period. The district’s central office will be staffed from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm during this period....

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