District News

Summer Break

Pittsfield schools are on summer break through Friday, August 28. The start date of the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, August 31. Several activities are scheduled for July and early August to plan for the fall.  These include evaluation of the Commissioner of Education’s Task Force recommendations, the Governor’s guidance, CDC guidance, teacher and staff input, parent input via surveys, and guidance from a broad range of other sources. Our next COVID-19 community update will be distributed on Thursday, July 23, with more information on plans for the upcoming school year.


Summer Programs

An update on summer programs is below.

  • Drake Field Summer Program – cancelled this summer
  • Extended School Year Programs for Special Needs Students – individual plans are being developed; some on-site programs will be provided; dates for our on-site programs: July 13 to August 6
  • K-Camp – annual program for incoming kindergartners cancelled this summer; an alternative, shorter program for August is being considered; families will be contacted later in the summer
  • PES Summer School – our teachers have made recommendations for students to attend a pre-school-opening summer session; this session is scheduled for August 10 to August 20; our hope is that all our students will be prepared to get a good start to our new school year; information will be provided to families
  • PMHS Competency Recovery Programs – plans being developed for on-site competency recovery programs for students in need; more info will be forthcoming
  • PMHS Summer Academies – cancelled this summer

The district will follow CDC guidelines for on-site programs; more info will follow as planning progresses.


Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

Families who would like to have your preschool children entered into the annual lottery for preschool slots are requested to complete a pre-registration below.

Families who are anticipating that a child in your household will begin kindergarten next year – reaching the age of 5 years old by September 30, 2020 – are also asked to complete the pre-registration form linked below.  If you know of other families who may be interested in kindergarten registration, and who may not be receiving this message, please pass along this information.

PK-K Pre-Registration Form