Monument Students & Families – 

Good morning everyone.  In a typical situation, I would begin with a little funny lie … followed quickly by a fun “April Fools”!  Don’t we all wish our current reality were just Mother Nature’s crazy April Fools prank. Unfortunately, we know that is not the case.  Here we are, taking this one day at a time, missing our loved ones and our friends, but doing what we must to keep ourselves, those we care about, and others in our community as safe as we can.  Today I write to share several pieces of information as we continue our extended school closure.

Berkshire Hills has created a hotline for families, students, and staff from the BHRSD community who are in need of supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline will be accessible to families, students, and staff via Family Support email (FamilySupport@bhrsd.org) Mondays through Fridays during regular business hours (8:00am – 3:00pm). If you or your family member is already connected to a member of the BHRSD clinical services team, please reach out directly to that individual for support, do not engage in the hotline. Response time will vary depending on daily incoming requests and triage.

If this is an emergency or you have an immediate medical or behavioral health need, or have called before or after hours, please utilize the following list of community support providers:

  • Brien Center 24 hours crisis hotline: 1-800-252-0227
  • BMC Crisis Unit: 413-499-0412 or 1-800-252-0227
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center: 413-429-8190
  • BHRSD COVID-19 Community Hotline: 1-855-BMC-LINK (1-855-262-5465)
  • Berkshire County Regional Housing: 413-499-1630
  • Department of Children and Families: 413-236-1800
  • The Brien Center: 413-499-0412
  • Mass211 has set up a line to support residents throughout the ongoing response to COVID-19. Massachusetts residents can call 2-1-1 at any time for real-time COVID-19 information, resources and referrals in multiple languages. Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Great Barrington Police: 413-528-0306
  • Stockbridge Police: 413-298-4179
  • West Stockbridge Police: 413-232-8500

On Monday, the MIAA Board of Directors voted to shift the spring sports schedule again, to align to the governor’s school closure extension.  The new MIAA start date for the spring season is May 4th. The new end date would be June 27th. This time would include a tournament. All athletes are reminded the school grounds are closed and students may not engage in ANY practices until May 4th. We are asking for your compliance with this request.

Last week, all teachers reached out to each student from their advisory.  This effort was to collect information regarding the best method of communication for both parent and student as we look to make the transition to remote learning as we move into the fourth quarter.  It is important during this time for students to check their school emails. Many indicated a need for a Chromebook. We are compiling all of that information and working to do distribution this Friday.  I will get more details to those families by the end of the week.

The end of the third quarter is scheduled for Monday, April 6th.  If you haven’t yet checked in with teachers to find out what you owe from before our closure please do so.  If you have not had a device and won’t receive it until Friday, your teachers can give you an incomplete. If there is some other reason you are not able to meet this deadline, please let your guidance counselor know as you may be eligible for an incomplete. Report cards will be sent electronically this quarter.  IT is working on this so I will have more on the timeline in a future message.

As we move into the fourth quarter we will transition from enrichment work and finishing the third quarter to remote learning.  We are working to align our plan for remote learning with the Massachusetts Department of Education recommendations. I will be providing a detailed plan to families this Friday and each student will be contacted directly by one of their teachers by next Tuesday to explain, answer questions and discuss the plan and expectations.  I appreciate your patience as we work hard to put together a structure we believe will provide our students not only with an opportunity to continue their learning, but more importantly, with ways to support each and every student and family during this closure.

Wishing you wellness –

Kristi Farina
Principal

Monument Mountain Regional High School
600 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-3346