What do I do if my child is going to be absent or late?
Call the absence line (413-644-2350) and provide your child’s name, grade, reasons for absence or tardiness and days expected to be absent or tardy.
How do I find out if school is cancelled, delayed or early release?
Inclement Weather Guidelines/Updates
During inclement weather, the Superintendent of Schools may delay the opening of school from one half to two hours, or close school. In the event of severe weather conditions, school closings or delayed openings will be communicated to families via a recorded message sent directly to the phone number and email on the Emergency School Closing form. The closing is posted on the district website and announced as early as possible on the following radio stations and TV stations:
Great Barrington WSBS – am 860
Pittsfield WUPE – fm 100.1/94.1, WBRK – am 1340 / fm 101.7, WBEC – am 1420
Albany WYJB – fm 95.5, WRVE – fm 99.5, WGY – am 810
Please check your local cable/satellite listings for the proper viewing channel
Springfield WWLP/TV 22
Hartford WSHM / 3
Albany WNYT /13, WRGB / 6, WTEN /10, WXXA , Capital News 9
Information is also posted on www.bhrsd.org
How do I know which bus my child will take?
Click here for bus routes or contact Massini Bus at 413-229-7962.
How do I arrange a visit and tour of Muddy Brook?
We would be happy to arrange for you to visit Muddy Brook. Call our main office number (413-644-2350) and ask for the principal’s secretary, Kortney Keefner.
What time do you dismiss on half days?
On half days, we dismiss our students at 12 noon. No lunches are served on half days.
What do I do if I need to change my child's dismissal?
Any change in the regular routine requires a note. Please send an End-of-
Day-Routine-Change form to school in the morning on the day of the change. If you know of the change before your child leaves for school, you can complete one of these forms and send it in with your child.
If there is a change of plans during the day, please contact the front office (413-644-2350) to let them know of
this change. (Please DO NOT rely on emailing your child’s classroom teacher for this communication. Teachers are present for students or a substitute may be in the classroom without access to email. We cannot guarantee that the teacher will have the chance to read email prior to dismissal.) You may also email Christine Kelly in our front office at email@example.com.
What time does school begin and end?
ARRIVALS / DEPARTURES
Begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. Students using specialized transportation will be
escorted to and from vans by a paraprofessional. All other students and guardians enter and exit
through the front doors of the school.
Early-kindergarten – Grade 4:
Begins at 8:35 a.m. and ends at 3:18 p.m.
Below are specific arrival and dismissal routines that apply to all students EK – 4.
Bus & Van
Students arriving by van or bus will be met by a paraprofessional and released from the van or
bus starting at 8:30 a.m. Grades Early K – 4 will enter through the North entrance and proceed
to their neighborhood. Breakfast is available for all students starting at 8:30 am. Students may
enter their classrooms at 8:35 a.m. If students have a music lesson they will depart the van or
bus slightly before 8:30 and go directly to the lesson. The music teacher will take attendance.
Student arrival is from 8:30-8:40 a.m. For your child’s safety we ask that students being dropped
off either connect with the paraprofessional standing out front, or come into the building and
connect with the office staff. Most students are expected to walk themselves to their
neighborhood without an adult. If you plan to walk your child to the neighborhood, we ask that
you sign in at the office.
Children who arrive after 8:40 are considered tardy and must report to the office with an adult
to sign in.
Walkers are dismissed at 3:17 p.m.
Students who ride the bus are dismissed at 3:18 p.m.
Do you have early-morning drop off?
Early Arrival – (8:00-8:30 a.m.)
Adults bringing students to activities prior to 8:30 a.m. must sign in as they enter the building.
Clubs including unicycle, chess, ukulele, music lessons, and the early morning child care program
begin at 8:00 a.m. Once you have signed your child in, your child may walk him/herself to the
May my child bring a toy or electronic device to school?
MONEY, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, TOYS AND OTHER VALUABLES
Students bringing money to school are asked to place the money in an envelope with
the student’s name clearly written on the front as well as a label identifying the reason for the
money . We ask that children not bring large amounts of cash or other valuable objects to
We do not allow iPods, iPads, cell phones, cameras or other electronic
devices without special permission. We cannot assume responsibility for any damage or loss
that may occur to personal items. Electronic equipment and other objects identified by the
principal/assistant principal as being inappropriate for school grounds will be confiscated and
brought to the office where parents may pick them up.
Toys are only permitted at the request of the classroom teacher in connection with
learning activities or in connection with special circumstances. In all other cases, toys should be
left at home or will be kept in the front office during the school day. Toys won at High Five
drawings or earned in special circumstances are to be kept in backpacks throughout the day and
taken home right away.
Do I have to be present at the bus stop to meet my child?
To ensure the safety of all students who ride a bus or a van, an adult must stand at the bus stop
to meet the bus. If the adult waits in the car, s/he must get out of the car when the bus
approaches so that the bus driver can see the adult meeting the bus. If a parent or approved
adult is not at the bus stop, the child will be returned to the elementary school and the parent
will be required to pick the child up at school.
If a student is without an adult at the bus stop three times, families can expect bus privileges
to be revoked for two weeks.
Do you have a lost and found area?
Lost and found items are located in the school cafeteria. Parents may sign in at the office and
look for lost items at any time during the day. Thank you for labeling all coats, hats, gloves and
boots with your child’s name. We periodically empty our Lost and Found and donate items to
Goodwill (January, April and end of school).
May my child bring birthday party invitations to school?
We ask that invitations of any kind NOT be distributed at school. Invitations brought to school
for distribution will be returned to the child or parent by the class teacher. Families can refer to
the Student Directory for student contact information. The front office cannot release contact
information for any Muddy Brook family.
My child has a fever but is acting fine. Can she come to school?
Please do not send your child to school if he or she has any sign of illness especially a child with a
temperature of greater than 100°. In case of illness, the school makes necessary arrangements
for the sick child to return home. Typically, the school cannot provide transportation for
students who are ill or injured. Please identify on your emergency contact information the
person(s) to call if your child is ill or has an accident.
If I want to pick up my child at the end of the day, where do I go?
This year we are offering curbside valet pick up. Students will dismiss to the gym. A staff member
will be at the sidewalk at the front of the building greeting those picking up. Students will wait in
the gym until their car is ready at which point a staff member will walk them to the car.
Families wishing to walk into the building will meet their children in the gym. A staff
member will release students from the gym once the family member has signed out him/her out.
Those picking up must be listed as an approved person on the contact information sheet. If your
child is being picked up by someone who is not on the contact information sheet s/he must come
to school with an “End-of-Day-Routine-Change” form or a note.