Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools


Amherst Public Schools is located in Amherst, Massachusetts. The district strictly contains three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school with over 1,300 students in the district.

All Amherst public school students who are eligible for FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines are required to receive the shot. The Amherst Regional School Committee voted 7-0 to mandate the vaccination, a decision that came following a Sept. 9 Amherst Board of Health vote. The health board, based on a request from the public schools, added any COVID-19 vaccine receiving full FDA approval to the list of immunizations students must take. 

Amherst-Pelham was the first district in the state of Massachusetts to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for students.“I hope this pushes the conversation forward across the state,” Amherst representative Peter Demling said. In other words, the mandate was put into effect in order to make APS a trailblazer in Massachusetts.


Updated – October 13, 2021

Board Members:

Ron ManninoBoard Member
Kerry SpitzerBoard Member
Allison McDonaldChair
Steve SullivanBoard Member
Anastasia OrdonezBoard Member
Eric NakijamaBoard Member
Peter DemlingBoard Member

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There are three different school committees connected to the Amherst-Pelham school system. The Amherst School Committee is concerned with the three elementary schools in the town of Amherst. The Pelham School Committee supervises Pelham Elementary School. The Regional School Committee oversees management of Amherst Regional Middle School and Amherst Regional High School, which serve students in the towns of Amherst,Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury. The Regional School Committee includes representatives from each of the four towns. The board oversees a $32.01 million budget.
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