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Dept. of Ed: Modified MCAS Testing Will Take Place
Massachusetts education officials say MCAS testing is necessary during the pandemic to analyze learning loss and growing achievement gaps.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced today that this year’s testing would have flexibilities for schools including a shorter test…
Baker Announces First Responder Vaccination Plan
In a press conference today, Gov. Charlie Baker and state officials announced plans to get first responders vaccinated against COVID-19.
First responders are next in line for the coronavirus vaccine and their time is coming next week.
Baker explained that vaccinations for that group within Phase 1 of …
Soldiers’ Home Residents Receive COVID-19 Vaccination
The first veteran residents at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea received the COVID-19 vaccination today (Tuesday). Vaccination was done onsite at each Home, through a federal Long Term Care pharmacy partnership program with CVS and Walgr…
Gov. Baker Imposes New Round of COVID-19 Restrictions
Governor Baker has announced new measures as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike.
According to Baker, new statewide restrictions will go into effect this Saturday, December 26, and last for at least two weeks.

25% capacity for most industries -- including restaurants, personal services, theaters, perf…
Health Officials Release Safety Guidance for Upcoming Holiday
State health officials have released guidance on celebrating the upcoming holidays as cases of COVID-19 rise in the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is urging residents to follow the guidelines to help keep themselves and others safe from the virus...
Berkshire Health Systems Opens Additional Testing Centers
Additional "Stop the Spread" testing sites announced earlier this week are now open for local residents to receive free testing.
The Berkshire County locations are as follows:

Pittsfield: 505 East St., St Luke's Square, adjacent to BHS Urgent Care; open daily from 8:30 to 4
Baker: MA to Return to Phase Three, Step One
All communities across the Commonwealth will be moving back to Phase 3, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan, effective Sunday, Governor Baker announced Tuesday. The news comes as the state has been reporting an increase in cases and hospitalizations since Thanksgiving…
MCAS Testing Suspended, Testing Periods Expanded
The state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) said Monday that it is pushing back the testing schedule for the MCAS and ACCESS tests for the current school year.
MassLive reports the decision is in response to scheduling and logistical challenges schools and districts …

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