Enrollment Climbs at High School; Elementary Schools See Slight Drop
Maia Coleman
Enrollment at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School has increased this year, while numbers at Island elementary schools have dropped slightly overall.
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Island Schools Accepted Into State Covid Testing Program
Maia Coleman
Martha’s Vineyard public schools have been accepted into a state-sponsored coronavirus testing program for symptomatic testing, superintendent Matthew D’Andrea announced this week.
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Partial Funding Approved for Testing in Schools
Maia Coleman
Plans for a school-wide testing program took a giant step forward late last week, after the Island’s five school districts voted to authorize partial funding for the program.
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School Committee Approves Draft of Covid Testing Plan
Maia Coleman
The all-Island committee voted Thursday to authorize a new school-wide testing plan, unanimously backing a draft of the program while deferring the question of funding to local district committees.
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Vineyard Public Schools Begin New Year With Excitement, Uncertainty
Maia Coleman
Thursday marked the first day of school for students across the Island, but this year, backpacks and school buses were traded in for Chromebooks and webcams.
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Teacher Contracts Amended Slightly to Start School Year
Maia Coleman
After two weeks of closed-door negotiations, the all-Island school committee voted Thursday to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Martha’s Vineyard Educators Association.
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Reopening Plan for Public Schools Revised Again
Maia Coleman
The all-Island school committee voted Thursday to approve a newly revised reopening plan for elementary schools that will put younger students back in the classroom earlier than expected.
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MV Youth Awards Early Child Care Grants
Louisa Hufstader

Martha’s Vineyard nonprofit MV Youth has awarded $800,000 to expand two early child care programs at Island private schools.

The donations to Plum Hill School and Vineyard Montessori School will support the development of toddler programs to increase the limited number of licensed child care spaces on Martha’s Vineyard for children 15 months to 2.9 years old, according to an announcement from MV Youth. Taken together, the two projects will add 27 new toddler spaces and 18 new preschool spaces by summer 2021.

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School Reopening Plan Is Set, But Working Parents Are Left to Scramble
Noah Asimow
On the eve of the vote on the school reopening plan last week, working parents — many of whom are scrambling to figure out their own family work-school schedules with barely a month left before the start of school — expressed a litany of worries and frustrations.
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Reopening Plans Approved for All Vineyard Schools
Noah Asimow
After weeks of delays, rollbacks and revisions, all four Martha’s Vineyard school committees voted to approve a cautious reopening plan on Thursday.
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