August 2022

Welcome Back STGRSD Families for the 22/23 School Year!!!

Get ready RAMS! School starts next week and we are looking forward to welcoming students, staff and families back to school. Below is some important information to help make 22/23 a great year.

Please watch for additional information from your child’s school.

First Day of School for STGRSD

Grades 1-12: Thursday, September 1, 2022

PreK: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Kindergarten: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Help us celebrate the new school year by sharing your first day of school photos with us.

Email pictures to with your child's name and grade to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


Kindergarten students will attend screening by appointment on September 1, 2022.

On September 6, 2022, kindergarten students and their families are invited to attend kindergarten orientation.

Please see communication from Woodland School for more information.

The first day of school for kindergarten students is Wednesday, September 7, 2022.


PreK students will attend screening by appointment on September 1, 2022.

On September 2, 2022, PreK students and their families are invited to attend orientation.

Please see communication from Woodland School for more information.

The first day of school for PreK students is Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

School Start and Dismissal Time

Southwick Regional School (7-12):

7:35 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 am)

Powder Mill School (3-6):

8:15 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Doors open at 8:05 a.m.)

Woodland School (K-2):

9:00 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. (Doors open at 8:45 a.m.)

AM PreK 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PM PreK 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

School Lunch

Massachusetts has extended free school meals for all students through the 22/23 school year.

This means all STGRSD students will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch every day for the 22/23 school year.

Lunch Pricing for Second Meals

Students will be required to pay for second meals and items like extra milk, cookies and chips. The School Committee recently voted on new pricing for additional meals to be in alignment with meal costs.

Additional meals will be available at the Following Prices:

Breakfast: $2.50
Lunch: $4.25

Payment for these items must be made using the funds on the student’s School Café account.

To check your child’s School Café account balance or to add funds with credit card, visit the website:

Even though meals will be free for all, it is very important for families to still complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for next school year. Information received from those applications will be used to determine grants and other funding that the District is eligible for. We ask anyone who has not completed the benefits application to please do so through

Bus Routes

Transportation for STGRSD students is provided by the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative Transportation Services.

Bus assignment letters were emailed to families on August 23, 2022. If you have questions about your child’s transportation for the 22/23 school year, please contact our transportation provider at (413) 569-6896.

Please be prepared for transportation delays, especially during the first few days of school as students, families, and bus drivers get used to the new routes.

Device Distribution

During the first few days of school, students at SRS (7-12) and Powder Mill School will receive laptops with cases and chargers to be used for learning during the 22/23 school year. Technology department staff will be on hand to assist with login information and access to Microsoft Office 365, including school email.

Expectations for responsible use of school technology are outlined in the STGRSD technology policies. Those policies are available on our website:

If at any time a laptop, case or charger, is damaged or lost, please contact the school office to discuss options for a replacement. There may be a charge for lost or damaged devices.

Missing devices or components will be charged to families as follows:

  • Laptop $400.00
  • Charging Cord $40.00
  • Laptop Case $20.00

COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

The COVID-19 protocols for the 22/23 school year are very similar to those we had in place at the close of school in June 2022.

  • Masks are required in all school health offices.
  • Masks are not required to be worn in school buildings, other than health offices, but anyone wishing to wear a mask will be allowed to do so.
  • Masks are not required on school transportation but the State of Massachusetts requires school vehicle windows to be open whenever possible. Please make sure your child is aware of this and dressed appropriately.
  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five (5) days. School nurses will have information for families about return to school protocols, including masking. The full guidance is linked HERE on our website.
  • The test-and-stay program and test distribution at schools has ended. Schools have a limited number of tests that will be made available to families on an as needed basis until the current supply runs out.
  • The district will no longer report weekly COVID-19 numbers to families.

Care Solace Mental Health Resource for Staff and Families

We view your mental health and well-being as a priority for your success at this school. In support of this, the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District is continuing its partnership with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health.

If you or a family member is looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance. Care Solace’s care navigation services are confidential and complimentary to Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District’s students, staff, and their families. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
  • In an emergency:
  • Call 911 or and request a Crisis Intervention Trained (C.I.T.) response
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or chat at
  • Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQQ+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386

Paper: Homework Tutoring

Stuck on your homework?

STGRSD is again working with Paper to deliver FREE 24/7 homework help, writing feedback, and study support for students in grades 3-12.

Students can click the link below and use their STGRSD Office 365 username and password to access free 24/7 tutoring support now:

Upcoming Key Dates

Monday, August 29 – Staff Opening Day!

Thursday, September 1 – First Day of School for Grades 1-12

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day (schools and offices closed)

Tuesday, September 6 – First Day of School for PreK

Wednesday, September 7 - First Day of School for Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 7 - School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 20 - School Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 22 - Powder Mill School: Open House

Thursday, September 29 - Woodland School: Open House

Thursday, October 6 - Southwick Regional School: Open House

Stay Connected to STGRSD

Don't miss what is happening at school and in the District.

Be sure your child's school office has your latest contact information. Important updates and emergency notifications are sent to families via email, telephone and text messaging.

Watch for forms in your child's backpack during the first week of school to be updated.

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District

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