Deerfield Elementary School


Phase 3

On December 14th, DES will move to phase 3 of our reopening plan. On this date, Hybrid learners will attend school in-person four days a week and remote learning classrooms will be launched. We ask all families to complete the Learning Model Selection Form to confirm your child(ren)’s learning model by Wednesday, November 25th.

"Snow Days"

Dear Frontier and Union #38 Families,

        With the cold weather fast approaching and a hint of snow in the air, I am writing to let you know what our plan for “snow days” is this year. (In fact, they are forecasting snow for Friday!)

The approach to winter weather closures has changed due to our ability to have remote learning. Under new rules from the Department of Education, our district(s) will have remote learning days in place of weather delays and snow days.  Teachers will use a combination of their normal remote learning platform and a-synchronous learning activities/assignments on these days. 

In the case of extreme weather conditions that may include massive power outages, and a community shut down, we may cancel school. 

As a reminder, any canceled day of school will be made up at the end of the school year in June (remote days will not). For example, the “wind day” on October 8th that caused disruption of power and internet failure, and that ultimately resulted in a canceled school day that was added to the end of the school year—making our last day now June 10.  

As a kid, I loved the “magic” of a snow day. Given all mother nature has given us recently, I don’t think we will get through winter without the need to have a snow day or two!   

Stay Safe, Frontier & Union #38 families, and remember following COVID rules keeps our community safe and our schools open. 


Darius Modestow, Superintendent


The FRSU38 Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent run organization that supports caregivers who either have concerns about their child’s development, behavior, mental health or receive special education services. We help parents connect with other supportive parents, find local resources, attend workshops and learn about special education services. The SEPAC also advises the district on the education and safety of students with disabilities.  We hold monthly meetings, please click HERE for the 2020-2021 meeting dates.

Do you need to request support from a school counselor? Guidance Den

Did you know?  You can check-in or request school counselor support remotely from home!

Just click on the 'Family Resources' tab above to access the DES Guidance Den webpage, then use the check-in link provided! 

You will also find the new DES Counseling Clickable Classroom and additional family resources there as well. Come check-in with us to check-it-out!

From Your Counselors at DES

Hello DES Families!! The Counseling Program needs your help by completing this brief survey to better understand DES student needs for the 2020-2021 school year, and make sure that services target what the students at DES would most benefit from. Please remember that this survey is optional, but is an asset to the Counseling Program. Thank you!!!

COVID Companion Handbook

Click here to see the COVID Companion to the DES Student Handbook.

Do you need to request a device for your child? Device

Does your child need a school device? Please submit this form here to request a device for your child!

Family Tech Center tech38

Introducing Family Tech Center
This is a public website where students and families will find information, demonstration videos, and guidance on technology we use in the district.

Click here to submit a tech ticket if you need technology help

Anti-Racism & Equity Committee 2020 Mission Statement and Goals
COVID Wellness Resources

Frontier Regional & Union #38 District Faculty have worked together to develop a list of resources to address health and wellness needs of our school community.  These lists offer information and activities that are important for children's physical health and social/emotional success. 

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Contact Information

Deerfield Elementary School

21 Pleasant Street
South Deerfield, Massachusetts 01373

Main Office: 413-665-1131 Nurse's Office: 413-665-3740

FAX: 413-665-2747

Principal: Tina Gemme

Assistant Principal: Elaine Mount

Principal's Secretary: Cathy Eckert
School Secretary: Jennifer Shumway

The Frontier Regional and Union #38 School Districts do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion or sexual orientation.  The Title IX Coordinator for the Frontier Regional and Union #38 School Districts is Karen Ferrandino, Office C101 113 North Main Street, Phone: (413) 665-1155 ext.710.  The Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator for Deerfield Elementary School is Carolyn Eddy, 21 Pleasant Street, South Deerfield, MA, 01373, Phone (413)-665-1131.



DEERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL | 21 Pleasant Street | South Deerfield, MA 01373